POSH Alert | Feb 2019, Has your organisation submitted the Annual Report?

Has your organisation submitted the Annual Report?

Submission of Annual Report under Sec.21(1)

As per the provision under Sec.21(1) of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (“the Act”); the Internal Committee or the Local Committee as the case may be, shall in each calendar year prepare, in such form and at such time as may be prescribed, an annual report and submit the same to the employer and the District Officer.

Section 22 of the Act stipulates that the employer shall include the number of cases filed, if any, and their disposal under this Act in the annual report of the organisation or where no such report is required to be prepared, intimate such number of cases, if any, to the District Officer.

The last date of submission of such annual report to the District Officer is 31st January of every year for the preceding calendar year.

In addition to the other clauses mentioned under Sec.26 of the Act, an employer who contravenes the requirement under Sec.22, shall be punishable with fine which may extend to fifty thousand rupees; subsequently, twice the punishment, which might have been imposed on first conviction and may even cancel or withdraw the license and/ or cancel or not renew the registration as the case may be.

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