• Brachers has committed to workplace menopause support and awareness, securing Kirstin Furber, People Director at Channel 4 for an upcoming menopause Q&A webinar.

    In 2019, Channel 4 was one of the UK’s first media companies to launch a menopause policy. Channel 4’s HR team now has a dedicated Menopause Champion and the broadcaster’s mental health employee network 4Mind, as well as in-house gender equality staff network 4Women.

    The Q&A webinar with Kirstin Furber will take place at 1pm on Thursday 24 March. It is the second in Brachers’ ‘Menopause Matters’ series which kicked off in October 2021. The first session covered current legal obligations for employers and how these might be changing, as well as medical guidance from guest speaker Mr Haitham Hamoda, Chairman of the British Menopause Society.

    In this upcoming webinar, Kirstin will provide a short summary of the background to implementing the menopause policy at Channel 4, her advice on how to position internal communications around this, her key learnings on the policy implementation, and how to make menopause support and discussion part of company culture. Brachers webinar host Louise Brenlund will then chair live Q&As with Kirstin for the remainder of the session.

    The webinar series is part of Brachers’ commitment to champion health and wellbeing issues for staff. In September 2021 the firm implemented a menopause policy, with the purpose of raising awareness of the impact of the menopause in the workplace, and to encourage open conversations between managers and staff.

    In February 2022 the firm became one of only a handful of law firms in the country to sign the Menopause Workplace Pledge, run by the Wellbeing of Women charity. The pledge recognises that as a firm, Brachers is committed to:

    • Recognising that the menopause can be an issue in the workplace and that women need support
    • Talking openly, positively and respectfully about the menopause
    • Actively supporting and informing employees affected by the menopause

    Managing Partner, Joanna Worby, said: “At Brachers, we aim to foster an inclusive and supportive working environment for all our staff.

    As a firm with over 70% female workforce, we recognise that many will experience symptoms of the menopause themselves, or have partners or family members who might be affected, either directly or indirectly.

    We are committed to supporting all staff who are affected by the menopause and to signpost relevant advice and assistance to anyone who needs it.”

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