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In what’s believed to be a first, company to offer women employees “period leave”

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A small company in the United Kingdom that employs mostly women had some good news for female workers about their menstrual cycles. Coexist, an event venue for artists and musicians, announced that it’s offering “period leave” to women employees, which they can use to take time off to deal with cramping and other uncomfortable aspects of experiencing menstruation. Bex Baxter, one of the directors at Coexist explained the genesis of the new policy. “I have managed many female members of staff over the years and I have seen women at work who are bent over double because of the pain caused by their periods,” Baxter said. “Despite this, they feel they cannot go home because they do not class themselves as unwell. And this is unfair. At Coexist we are very understanding.” Baxter added that the hope is that the new policy will result in a happier work environment for everyone at the company, which employs 24 women and seven men. “We work on a triangle ethos of ‘trust, love and play,’ so everyone at Coexist respects the company and gives more than 100 percent to their work, so I don’t think we will have an issue with people deceiving us.” Baxter said, noting that it is “not mandatory” for women employees to take time off when they have their periods. The new period policy is believed to be a first — but will probably soon be supplanted by yet another first when the seven guys who work there catch a cold and ask the company to enact a Man Flu policy.

Read the full story at the Bristol Post.

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