The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 has several compliance obligations. One of them being the submission of annual reports. The Act under section 21 mandates that in each calendar year the Internal Complaints Committee has to prepare an annual report and then submit the same to the employer and the district officer. The employer has to include in this annual report the number of cases filed if any, and their disposal under this Act.
The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Rules, 2013 give the basic structure for the Annual Report as:-
(a) Number of complaints of sexual harassment received in the year;
(b) Number of complaints disposed of during the year;
(c) Number of cases pending for more than ninety days;
(d) Number of workshops or awareness programme against sexual harassment carried out;
(e) Nature of action taken by the employer or district officer.
Additional pointers have been added to the requirements of the annual reports by the different district officers and Local Complaints Committees as appointed and constituted respectively under the act/rule.
In this article, we explain the additional points and that the Guruguram District officer and Local Complaints Committee requires for POSH (Prevention of Sexual Harassment) Compliance. This can be used as a ready checklist when submitting the annual report of an organization.