The Internal Committee should be transparent in preparing the Annual Report and must include all the relevant details. Although to maintain confidentiality, the committee can abstain from mentioning the following details in the report:
- Identity, name, and address of the aggrieved, respondent, and witnesses
- Information pertaining to conciliation and inquiry proceedings
- Recommendations of IC (or LC)
Why file a PoSH Annual Report?
Section 21 and 22 of the PoSH Act mandates the Annual Report submission to the management and the District Officer.
The law also specifies that if the Annual Report is not submitted, it could lead up to a penalty of Rs.50,000and in case of non-compliance for consecutive years, it could also lead to the termination of the organisation’s license altogether.
Additional details that can be added in the Annual Report
To reflect that an organisation not only complies with the sexual harassment laws but goes beyond to ensure a safe workplace for its employees, the following information can be added to the Annual Report.
- Internal Policy
If an organisation has an internal PoSH policy formulated, it can mention the same in the Annual Report. To learn about the need and importance of an internal PoSH policy, refer to https://shlc.in/need-for-a-comprehensive-sexual-harassment-policy-covering-all-employees/
- Formation of Internal Committee
TheAnnual Report should include the details of the Internal Committee formation for each branch of the organisation. To know more about formation of an IC, refer to https://shlc.in/steps-to-set-up-your-own-internal-committee/
- Details of IC Members
Mention if the organisation has provided the details about the IC members in the appropriate languages to the employees. To know about the need of publicising about the IC members, refer to https://shlc.in/need-for-publicising-the-constitution-of-the-icc/
- Employee Awareness and Assistance
Add details of any seminars or workshops conducted by the organisation to spread awareness about sexual harassment at the workplace. Include details of how the organisation ensures that the IC is easily approachable for its employees, in case of any grievances.
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This blog is written by SHLC intern Prachi Gupta. She is currently a third year law student at the Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.
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