Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act 2013 & Legal & Practical challenges of Work From Home

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Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act 2013 & Legal & Practical challenges of Work From Home - May 23, 2020

  • Orientation & Capacity building session with recent rulings from High Courts & the  Supreme Court of India

  • Changing Concept of ‘workplace’ - New Challenges in ensuring safety of women in a ‘virtual  workplace’

  • 'Work from Home' - Legal & Practical Challenges and Solutions

The POSH Act aims to foster a safe and secure environment for women by preventing, prohibiting, and redressing instances of sexual harassment at workplaces in India. The Act imposes obligations on employers to ensure safety of women with stringent penal provisions for non-compliances including loss of license to carry 0n business.

It is also important to understand the meaning and scope of the term ‘workplace’ in the changed business scenario of a virtual workplace with many corporates exploring a ‘work from home’ culture. Employers would thus be under a legal obligation to ensure a safe virtual workplace for its women employees.

Section 19 (c) of the POSH Act requires an employer to organise workshops and awareness programs at regular intervals for sensitising the employees and the members of the IC as well as skill & capacity building sessions. These programs are required to be disclosed in the annual reports.

Due to restrictions on the functioning of establishments’ consequent to the lockdown measures, it would not be feasible to organise seminars & workshops. However, there is no exemption or relaxation from the requirements of Section 19 and the rules made there under.

To assist Members in ensuring compliance of the said sections for an appropriate declaration in the annual report, the Chamber has organised a Webinar on the subject which would include several rulings of various High Courts & the Supreme Court of India relevant to IC Members in particular.

A certificate of participation would be issued to demonstrate compliance with the provisions of Section 19 of the Act and the Rules made there under.

Work from Home – Legal & Practical issues

Covid 19 has imposed a ‘work from home’ culture in the Corporate Sector. Many Corporates are considering introducing WFH in a big way even post COVID.  The issues that could emerge in such a scenario could be:

Hours of work, Holidays, Privacy, Paucity of space at home, availability of infrastructure, reporting, disciplinary issues, applicability of Employees Compensation Act, etc. 

Essentials of a valid Work from Home policy

These and other emerging issues would be addressed at the Webinar.


  •  Mr. Naresh Kumar Pinisetti, President – Corporate Governance, Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemical Corporation Ltd.

  •  Mr. Lancy D’Souza, Advocate High Court and Advisor – Legal, Bombay Chamber

  •  Mrs. Deepika Agarwal, Advocate & Sr. Associate - Legal, Bombay Chamber

Webinar details will be provided to the participants, after registration.
Chetna Surti
Tel : 4910 0228, 98926 86418

Prashant Bais
Tel : 6120 0210, 99677 05312
Participation Fee :   
Rs.500/- plus 18% GST for members
Rs.600/- plus 18% GST for non-members

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DCB Bank

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Mahim (024), Mumbai

Cheque /Demand Draft should be drawn in favor of “BOMBAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY”.


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