Prevention of Sexual Harassment in a workplace is a matter not to be taken lightly. Sohini Mandal dismantles PoSH ACT 2013 for all to understand. She outlines requirements to ensure the organisation abides by the Act. According to the act, there are different committees for organised and unorganised sectors. In addition, it provides requirements for both the ICC members and the employees to be trained. ICC means Internal Complaint Committee adjudicates over the organised sector.
Prevention of Sexual Harassment
It is mandatory for an organisation to conduct training and awareness programs for employees. Employees should be educated about ways to approach the ICC if there is a need. The minimum required number of ICC members is 4; 3 organization employees and one external member. ICC members training entails education about the policy regulating prevention of sexual harassment, partiality and fairness.
Local Complaint Committee (LCC) adjudicates in the case of the unorganised sector. The Acts mandates every district in every state to have the LCC and nodal office at every block of the district. Members of the LCC include district magistrates, collectors, etc. There is also a SHE box to lodge a complaint to be forwarded to the LCC.
For organisations with multiple branches, it is mandatory for each branch to have ICC at every branch. The employees at every branch need to know the names and contact information of ICC members. Also, the act requires the ICC to provide a report to the board and for the company to disclose its content annually.