OneHub | Overview

Connect all your employee benefits, wellbeing, reward, and recognition so your people have one home for everything at work.


OneHub | Benefits

Run, Manage and engage your employees in, benefits - anywhere in the world.

Explore Benefits

OneHub | Discounts

Help employees’ pay go further with global savings on global brands to instantly increase the value of their post payroll spend.

Explore Discounts

OneHub | Reward & Recognition

Shine a light on all the incredible things happening across your organisation.

Explore R&R

OneHub | Wellbeing

Enhanced wellbeing with customised and guided support for every employee.

Explore Wellbeing

OneHub | Wallet

Give every employee exactly what they want from their benefits, with Benefex card-based allowances.

Explore Wallet

Benefex resources

All sorts of insights, ideas and guides from the Benefex team to help you deliver an exceptional employee experience.

Explore resources

Customer stories

What’s it like partnering with Benefex? Nobody says it better than our customers. See what we’ve helped them achieve.

Explore stories

Events and webinars

Check out our upcoming events. And explore our library of on-demand webinars, featuring clients, partners and industry thought leaders.

Explore Events and Webinars

Benefex careers

Join our mission to create exceptional employee experiences every day.

Explore careers

Life at Benefex

Explore what it’s like to be a Benefexer, our culture, employee stories, and more.


Open Roles

Looking for an exciting career? See our open roles and apply today!

Explore roles

About Benefex

Find out more about Benefex, our values, and mission.

Learn more

Customer stories

What is it like to work with Benefex? Nobody says it better than our customers. See what we’ve helped them achieve.

Explore stories


Check out the recognition we’ve received for excellence in delivering exceptional employee experiences.

Explore awards


Discover our commitment to achieving net-zero emissions and how we’re making a difference.

Discover our commitments

Get in touch

Contact us for enquiries, partnerships, or to simply say hello. We’d love to hear from you and explore ways to work together.

Contact us

Want to try Benefex?

Book a free demo today

Book a demo
Blog, Global

Menopause discrimination: What employers need to know


2022 has been a big year for highlighting menopause discrimination in the workplace. An increase in tribunals, government initiatives, and companies implementing menopause policies has taken menopause out of the dark and into the spotlight. Now more than ever, employers should take into account the needs of employees going through menopause, who are the fastest growing demographic in the workforce.  

Tribunals citing menopause discrimination are on the rise, according to recent data from the Menopause Experts Group. In 2017, only five UK employment cases cited menopause – in 2021, it came up in 23 trials. One woman who took her employer to court this year was given a formal warning after being off sick due to severe menopause symptoms. She described having to defend herself in front of three men who did not have an understanding of menopause. This case is just one of many, and it highlights a pervasive misunderstanding both of menopause and its scope under discrimination laws. 

Earlier this year, a UK survey of 2,000 women aged 45 to 67 revealed that a quarter of women are unhappy at work due to lack of menopause support, with over 60% stating that their workplace does not have any menopause policy in place. Stats like these have been the focus of an ongoing inquiry by the Women and Equalities Committee, who have made several calls to institute menopause policies beyond the scope of the Equality Act 2010. 

An increase in menopause-centred tribunals and inquiries by government bodies raises new questions for employers. As an employer, are you doing enough to support your employees? Are you truly abiding by the Equality Act? Should you implement your own workplace menopause policy, and if so, how?  

As recent discrimination cases show, too many employers are unaware of the scope of the Equality Act when it comes to menopause, and risk legal action without specific policies. While menopause is not a specific protected characteristic under the act, age, disability, gender reassignment and sex are – all aspects that are relevant to menopause. 

An employer is required under the act to make reasonable adjustments to reduce disadvantages one might face due to a disability. When it comes to menopause, these adjustments could be allowing employees to work from home at times due to disrupted sleep, or recording absences from menopause separately from other absence due to illness.  

While certain characteristics of menopause are covered by the Equality Act, many employers do not recognise the full impact it can have on employees and fail to offer adequate support. This is evidenced by the over 90% of people citing that menopausal or perimenopausal symptoms have had a negative impact on their work. Introducing a robust menopause policy would mean educating HR and line managers on awareness of menopause symptoms and how they can affect work, and offering capability, disciplinary, and redundancy training so that employees are not wrongly reprimanded for the negative effects of menopause, like poor concentration or memory loss. 

With Syrona’s workplace offering, employees can track menopause symptoms and access menopause specialists who they otherwise might not have access to through the NHS. Specialists can offer support when it comes to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and alternative treatments. HRT for menopause is still relatively uncommon; in some places in the UK, as few as 10% of those going through menopause take it. There are both medicinal and natural alternatives as well, information that a menopause specialist could help employees explore on an individual basis. Providing access to specialised care is a small step for employers that can make a huge difference for their workforces, while also keeping them secure within the legal framework.  

This article was written for Syrona by Emma Olsson. 

Picture of Clare Dolan

Clare Dolan

Up next

The power of storytelling for better benefits outcomes

Related content

Latest resources, events & insights


On demand webinar | The future of benefits in Ireland – what should you be doing now and next

Join our community and get the latest updates in the world of HR, reward, and benefits