The State Governments of Telangana and Maharashtra have introduced additional obligations on employers under the sexual harassment law. While organizations based in the district of South Mumbai will need to constitute and/or submit internal committee details to the local authorities, organizations in the State of Telangana should register their committees on an online portal. Failure to comply with these requirements within the near approaching timelines could attract penalties.

Background

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (SH Act) was enacted by the Indian Government with the objective to protect women against sexual harassment at their workplace.

Employers are obliged under the SH Act to constitute an Internal Committee (IC) at each workplace with 10 or more employees to specifically inquire into sexual harassment complaints. An IC should have at least four members of which at least one-half must be female members. IC members must meet the specific eligibility criteria laid out in the law to qualify.

The IC has been given the powers of a civil court to inquire into all complaints of workplace sexual harassment based on procedures and timelines laid out in the SH Act and the rules framed under it.

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