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Menopause Support & Guidance: Taming the Rage (#06)

HR Risk Forums: Menopause Workplace Support & Guidance - Taming the Rage

Based on your feedback and follow-up we’ve designed a series of free half-hour webinars to help facilitate open conversations around menopause in the workplace. 

Time: 11:00 - 11:30 | FREE 

When: Thursday, 7th March 2024

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Women of a certain age: invisible and disabled? 

We will be responding to the recruitment impact of effectively labelling all middle aged women as disabled. What are the legal and organisational ramifications. 

We’ll revisit workplace menopause policy updates, then open the debate to look at physical and emotional symptoms of perimenopause that take too many women by surprise in their early forties.

Symptom range from weight gain, inexplicable pain and physical changes to brain fog, forgetfulness and hormone swings. Our main focus will be understanding and mitigating The Rage. 

Bring younger team members along so they know what’s coming!

Delegate feedback 

"Really informative, felt a very safe space to talk."

"Thanks Elizabeth- a great and clear presentation filled with passionate and interesting people" 

"Yes. Elizabeth is an excellent presenter. Well informed, engaging and set the tone just right."

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Which functions will benefit from attending

  • HR, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION, OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, RECRUITMENT & RESOURCING, POLICY & STRATEGY, OPERATIONS, LEGAL, TALENT, EQUALITY, POLICY, ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, EMPLOYER BRANDING, ENGAGEMENT, EMPLOYEE RELATIONS, PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT, LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT, IMPROVEMENT AND QUALITY AND ALL DIRECTORS AND LINE MANAGERS WITH RESPONSIBILITIES IN THIS AREA.

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Schedule

Welcome and introduction

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith

Director of Research
Business Forums International Ltd. (BFI)

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Elizabeth Smith

Director of Research , Business Forums International Ltd. (BFI)

Elizabeth is director of research and a founding co-director at Business Forums International. She is responsible for all programme content and writing, and researches current areas of interest for senior HR professionals in large organisations. BFI is the UK’s leading HR risk specialist conference and training provider, delivering key and timely information to over 3,000 delegates a year both through public and in-house training courses. Before founding BFI in 1996, Elizabeth specialised in researching corporate financial programmes in Asia and the Middle East, based in Dubai. She also worked in advertising and publishing in the Middle East and London. Elizabeth was educated in the West Indies, Saudi Arabia and Belgium before reading Modern Languages at Durham University. She is currently developing an online training course for line managers to raise awareness of menopause symptoms and ways that employers can work to make their workplaces more inclusive.

Workplace policy and guidance updates

Fudia Smartt

Fudia Smartt

Partner – Employment Law
Spencer West LLP

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Fudia Smartt

Partner – Employment Law , Spencer West LLP

Fudia Smartt is a Partner at Spencer West LLP. She joined the firm in September 2019, having previously been Partner at a boutique employment practice in Chancery Lane. Her previous work experience includes practising in highly regarded employment teams at both Russell Cooke LLP (a top 100 London firm) and City firm Fox Williams LLP. Covering every stage of the employment life cycle, Fudia advises on non-contentious and contentious matters for both employers and employees on topics such as bullying, harassment (including sexual harassment), unfair and wrongful dismissal, restrictive covenants, discrimination, whistleblowing, maternity and other family-friendly matters. She has experience across a wide range of sectors, with particular expertise in technology, media, financial services and professional services. Fudia has significant experience in the following: Advising on day to day HR operational issues, which includes on how to avoid grievances and disciplinary/dismissal issues; Senior executive appointments and departures (which often include regulatory issues); Bringing and defending complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims in the employment tribunals; Advising employers and employees (as well as partners) on the enforceability of restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements, including in relation to team moves; Drafting contracts of employment, service agreements and HR policies; Advising companies on restructuring exercises, redundancies (including collective redundancies) and employment issues arising from insolvency; Advising on TUPE-related matters including in relation to outsourcing and property transactions; Advising both employers and employees on data protection issues; Advising business start-ups in a wide range of industries on how to protect and grow their businesses at a reasonable cost; Providing HR advice and tailored training to clients and external bodies on all employment law matters, from recruitment to dismissal and beyond; Advising members on joining LLPs; and Drafting, negotiating and advising on settlement agreements. She has acted on a number of high profile (and commercially sensitive) matters which has resulted in six-figure settlements for her clients. She has also acted on matters in the County Court, High Courts, Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) and Court of Appeal. Fudia is praised by her clients for her creative problem-solving skills and her ability to provide commercial, tailored legal advice in a friendly and empathetic manner. She has a high emotional intelligence which she uses to assist with getting the results her clients want. Fudia is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Implementing a policy: Essential steps

Manjinder Flora

Manjinder Flora

Head of People
Royal Free Charity

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Manjinder Flora

Head of People , Royal Free Charity

Group discussions

Perimenopause: The physical and emotional symptoms

  • Weight gain
  • Inexplicable pain
  • Physical changes
  • Brain fog and forgetfulness
  • Hormones and mood swings
  • Understanding and mitigating The Rage

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