The Work Couch

The Work Couch: Fertility challenges and work (Part 2): How to support your people

Published on 26 July 2023

Welcome to The Work Couch, the podcast series where we explore how your business can navigate today's tricky people challenges and respond to key developments in the ever-evolving world of employment law.

In part 2 of our series on fertility challenges and work, Ellie Gelder is joined once again by partner Jonathan Crompton in RPC's Hong Kong office to explain how businesses can implement effective support for employees who are experiencing fertility challenges. Jonathan discusses:

  • The importance of actively implementing and communicating policies on fertility treatment and pregnancy loss, ensuring language and terminology used is sensitive and inclusive;
  • Signposting employees to external resources for further support and information;
  • Encouraging conversations at work to remove the stigma around fertility and raise awareness across the whole workforce;
  • Arranging access to a fertility coach to guide employees on their fertility journeys and provide advice and information;
  • Appointing internal fertility officers, who have themselves experienced fertility challenges, to provide employees with confidential support and advice on practical issues, such as requesting time off and who needs to know what; and
  • The dos and don’ts of what to say to a colleague who has experienced pregnancy loss or fertility challenges.

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If you would like to find out more about fertility issues or pregnancy loss, you can access further guidance and support from Fertility Network UK,  The Miscarriage Association or Tommy’s Miscarriage Information and Support. For support and information on endometriosis, please visit Endometriosis UK.

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