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A POSH Policy is a document used to make awareness among the employees and other personnel of an organization about the POSH Act, 2013 ( The Sexual Harassment of Woman at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act, 2013). The purpose of this Policy is to provide a safe, secure and enabling environment, free from sexual harassment to every woman.
Having a POSH policy for a business is essential in making sure the employees are adhering to the POSH rules and to ensure that the employees are treated with dignity and respect by other employees of the organization.
Any organization with more than 10 employees shall have constituted an Internal Complaints Committee ("ICC") to deal with sexual harassment complaints at the workplace.
The POSH Policy is applicable to all employees of the organization. Further, the Policy endeavours to protect its women employees at any place visited by her which arises out of or during the course of her employment with the organization including transportation provided by the organization.
This Policy is a one-sided agreement drafted by the organization in accordance with the POSH Act without any negotiation with the employees and employees will have only the option to sign and acknowledge the same.
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The policy covers the following important areas:
Once the policy is drafted, it can be circulated to the employees through electronic medium or in physical copies. The organization may ask the employees to acknowledge this policy and send it back for record purposes. It is better to incorporate this document in employment agreements and get it signed at the time of joining the organization.
It is always better to make the policy accessible to all employees of the organization and update them whenever there are any changes made to this policy.
The POSH Policy is covered under the POSH, Act of 2013 and rules thereunder. Some aggravated forms of sexual harassment is covered under the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
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Other names for the document: POSH Policy, Prevention of sexual harassment policy, Policy on prevention of sexual harassment, Sexual harassment policy, POSH Policy for the company