Kingsley Napley signs Menopause Workplace Pledge

updated on 20 October 2021

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Law firm Kingsley Napley LLP is the first legal employer to sign the Menopause Workplace Pledge, which is run by the Wellbeing of Women charity.

In signing the pledge, the firm is committed to:

•            recognising that menopause is an issue in the workplace and women need support;

•            talking openly, positively and respectfully about menopause; and

•            actively supporting and informing employees and partners affected by menopause.

Kingsley Napley is currently the only City law firm on the charity’s employer list.

As well as signing the pledge, the firm held a menopause awareness workshop and offered one-to-one sessions with a specialist. It promises to “champion issues connected to menopause in the workplace, recognising the importance of support and dialogue for those affected as well as education of the wider firm population and clients.”

Speaking on World Menopause Day, Kingsley Napley’s Managing Partner Linda Woolley comments: “Kingsley Napley has long been a female-friendly law firm with women currently making up 55% of our partnership and 70% of our overall population. We believe strongly in supporting women of all ages in the workforce, not only via direct support but also by encouraging others in our community to be supportive.

“As well as offering flexible working arrangements, enhanced shared parental leave and a full and varied wellbeing programme, we were recently the first law firm to announce special leave for pregnancy loss. Today’s menopause pledge puts us at the forefront of employers who positively support women experiencing challenges of a different kind. I am proud that Kingsley Napley is part of this important new initiative.”

The Wellbeing of Women launched its Menopause Workplace Pledge campaign, in partnership with HELLO! Magazine and Bupa, calling on all employers to support colleagues going through menopause in the workplace.

Women make up nearly half of the UK workforce, but around 900,000 have quit their jobs because of menopause. Therefore, numerous campaigns are calling on employers to sign the pledge and take positive action to make sure everyone going through menopause is well supported.

Kingsley Napley’s signing of the pledge follows the firm’s adoption of the Halo Code – which “explicitly protects employees who come to work with natural hair and protective hairstyles associated with their racial, ethnic, and cultural identities” – and has formally incorporated the code into its dress and appearance policy.