External Consultant / Retainer
Conducting POSH IC quarterly meetings. Specialist advice & recommendations on all POSH matters. Equipping members in handling POSH cases using discussions, role plays and POSH case studies.
Adherence to all statutory compliance under the Prevention Of Sexual Harassment Act. Documentation, records, reports & returns as per the POSH Act. Establishing POSH guidelines and processes to adhere to statutory requirements.
Policy making & Committee (ICC) formation
Legally compliant and culture fitted POSH policy making. Formulating Internal Complaints Committee (IC) as per POSH guidelines, define POSH IC roles and responsibilities, establishing processes and systems for smooth POSH IC operations.
Committee training & employees awareness
Conducting POSH IC training and skill building programs on specific tasks and duties of the POSH internal complaints committee. Conducting POSH awareness and POSH e-learning sessions for all employees.
Conducting inquiries & conciliation
Resolving disputes associated with the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Act.. Conducting POSH inquiry and POSH conciliation. Liaison with external stakeholders associated with Prevention Of Sexual Harassment at workplace.
Informal method to resolving incidents and disputes associated with the Sexual Harassment at workplace through a collaborative, trusted process that turns conflict into dialogue and consensus.
Represent management before the Labour court, Civil court and the High court on Prevention Of Sexual Harassment matters. Certain laws laying down judgments have been rendered on the basis of successful arguments by our advocates.
Audit & culture studies
Conducting POSH culture studies, surveys and comprehensive review of the organization’s adherence to POSH guidelines and adherence to POSH policies and systems.
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38% of women at workplace have been subject to sexual harassment
66% of complainants said that the committees did not deal with the complaints fairly
50% of women who experienced sexual harassment leave their jobs or switch careers
60% of victims were not aware of the workplace policies regarding sexual harassment
Informal sexual harassment resolution mechanism
Conciliation is an alternative way to resolve a dispute between parties using a mediator. Conciliation can be initiated by the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) as an option of redressing workplace sexual harassment complaints, only if the aggrieved person requests for the same. Conciliation under POSH Act The ICC before initiating an inquiry under section 11 and Read more about Drafts – Conciliation Settlement report[…]
Section 11 of the POSH Act 2013 provides for the procedure to be followed by the POSH Internal Committee for inquiring into sexual harassment complaint where it mentions specifically that both the parties have to be given equal opportunities to make representations against the findings before the committee. On receipt of the written complaint , Read more about DRAFTS – “Notice to appear before the IC”[…]
The COVID 19 pandemic has changed the way of work across the globe. Many of us in India are still grappling with the new arrangement of Work from Home. Most managements begin to see its benefits of saving time and cost to the organization. So, is it here to last? We never know, it might Read more about Work From Home a “workplace”? POSH act talks[…]
Today millions of Indian women are joining the workforce and contributing significantly to our economy. It is therefore important that organizations across private & public sectors create an environment where women employees feel safe and comfortable. Workplace harassment is increasingly understood as a violation of women’s rights and a form of violence against women. To Read more about Mediation as an informal redressal process for Sexual Harassment[…]
There is a wide divergence of perceptions in our society as to what words or actions constitute sexual harassment. Due to the complexity of human behavior, it is difficult to pinpoint what exact behavior will be perceived as sexual harassment by an individual. It becomes very difficult to draw a clear line between acceptable and Read more about Characteristics and Types of Sexual Harassment[…]
While handling sexual harassment compliant, an inquiry should be conducted on the principles of natural justice and not as a formality. The Internal Complaints Committee is vested with the powers of a Civil Court and comes with great responsibilities. A wrong decision can destroy the career, reputation and family life of a man/woman if wrongly Read more about Essential tips for the ICC while conducting a POSH Inquiry[…]
Section 4 of the Prevention and Prohibition of Sexual Harassment of Women at workplace Act provides for the constitution of an ICC or the Internal Complaints Committee. Any organisation that has 10 or more employees need to constitute a Committee to address the complaints related to Sexual harassment. Integrity and impartiality of the ICC is Read more about Duties of the Internal Complaints Committee[…]
Section 9 of the POSH Act gives details on filing / registering a sexual harassment compliant at Workplace. Excerpts from Section 9 of the Act. – Any employee who faces sexual harassment at workplace can lodge a complaint to the Internal Complaints Committee within a period of 3 months from the date of incident and Read more about Template for registering a sexual harassment complaint[…]
On the completion of an inquiry under the POSH Act, the Internal Committee needs to report its findings to the employer / the District Officer within a period of 10 days from the date of completion of the inquiry. Here is a Inquiry report format that will assist you in addressing key points while preparing Read more about Inquiry report format on completion of Inquiry[…]
In Latin, “Quid-Pro-Quo” means “Something for something”. In workplace, when employment decisions are based on acceptance or rejection of sexual favour, it is termed as Quid-pro-quo sexual harassment. This has been called out in section 3(2) of 2013 Act related to Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal of Sexual Harassment of women at Workplace. The document contains Read more about Quid-Pro-Quo sexual harassment[…]