Employers must take care menstrual leave policies do not discriminate
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Period Leave
Shani Alexander
Shani Alexander, Senior Reporter

Spain’s plan to allow women to take paid leave when suffering from severe period pain raises the question of what multinational employers can do in the absence of similar legislation elsewhere and how to remain compliant with other labour laws.

Under Spain’s proposed law, employees suffering during menstruation will be able to take up to five days of leave each month, paid for by the state. It should “no longer be normal for women to work in pain”, said Irene Montero, Spain’s equality minister.