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Dr. Ishani Roy, Founder, Serein and Ms. Chryslynn D'Costa, Co-Founder and Head (Research and Design), joined us at our Parichay Webinar Series to discuss the nitty gritty, importance and implementation requirements of the PoSH Act. They also emphasised the reasons why an organisation and its employees must have a clear understanding of this Act.
The speakers were grateful enough to answer 20+ questions during the hour-long conversation with greytHR. Here are a few key questions with their answers. If you wish to listen to the unedited version, click on the link below this post and listen to the entire webinar.
Yes. The Act protects female employees from sexual harassment by male employees. But some companies write gender-neutral policies to extend the scope of the Act. In this case, the internal committee members must be trained to understand what constitutes sexual harassment of other genders.
As of now, India is the only country that has a provision for an internal committee.
The law specifies that more than 50% of the members must be women. The committee must have three internal committee members, a presiding officer and one external member who usually understands the law and processes. The presiding officer needs to be a woman holding the senior most position in the organisation. Ideally, the committee members should be drawn from different teams across the organisation to ensure diversity and fairness.
A new member has to be nominated if an existing member leaves. A member can hold the position for a maximum of 3 years. Post-completion of 3 years, a new IC member has to be nominated.
During case enquiries, all meetings have to be recorded, transcribed and signed by all parties. Additionally, every communication to the complainant, witnesses and respondents has to be documented and filed in a confidential folder. If the case moves to court, this folder will become a credible reference source for the judge.