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Executive Certification in Sexual Harassment Prevention and Workplace Diversity

MODULE I: Understanding sexual harassment in an organisational context

  • Psychology of sexual harassment and participation of women in the workplace.
  • History of fight against sexual harassment in India
  • Vishakha Guidelines and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 – comparison of compliance requirements and responsibility levels of employers and organizations
  • Role of employer in prevention of sexual harassment and employer's responsibilities under-sexual harassment prevention laws
  • Key roadblocks for organisations in implementation of 2013 Act
  • Relevance of the act for employees, committee members, HR personnel, in-house lawyers, accountants and secretaries
  • Role and tasks of a Sexual Harassment Prevention and Workplace Diversity Expert

MODULE II: Overview of Other compliance requirements and employer's duties under anti-sexual harassment law

  • Fulfilling the mandatory duties of employees under Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013
  • Fulfilling the mandatory duties of employees under Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013
  • Providing necessary facilities to the member of ICC
  • Preparation of annual reports
  • Communication and training for employees
  • Modifying employment agreements and policy in light of anti-sexual harassment law
  • Sample notices for display in organizational premises
  • Reporting and other compliances
  • Other statutory requirements
  • Consequences of violation of obligations
  • Non-constitution of ICC
  • Non-implementation the decision of the ICC
  • Reputation hazards for businesses in connection with sexual harassment laws
  • Risk mitigation of employers’ liabilities – D&O and Employment Practices Liability Insurance
  • Anti-sexual harassment audits
  • Necessity and objective of a sexual harassment audit
  • Professionals and officers involved in an audit and their roles
  • Reporting and information collection systems for audit
  • Components of an audit
  • Identification of relevant scenarios where sexual harassment at work may arise
  • Interviews with employees and management to understand past instances of sexual harassment cases
  • Evaluation of existing sexual harassment redressal mechanisms in the organisation
  • Understanding management stance on sexual harassment – is it consistent with the notion of the act
  • Methods for assessment of the skill-level of committee members
  • Checklists for conducting a compliance audit
  • How to write audit report
  • Suggested format for audit report

MODULE III: Creating and implementing an anti-sexual harassment policy & standard practices

  • Preparatory steps in implementation
      • Management and employee participation / inputs to identify the needs of the organization
      • Explaining reputational and other risks of non-compliance and onboarding relevant officers towards legal compliance and sensitization
      • Developing a uniform and consistent management stance on sexual harassment
      • Identifying risks and objectives of the organization
      • Drafting a need-based sexual-harassment prevention policy
      • Scope of a sexual harassment prevention policy and variations
      • Essential elements of a sexual harassment prevention policy
      • What constitutes Sexual harassment?
      • Is sexual harassment gender neutral?
      • Does the policy apply to situations not contemplated by the act
      • Complainant's rights and remedies available
      • Identifying whether the sexual harassment took place in the "workplace"
      • Checklist for drafting a custom-sexual harassment prevention policy
      • Drafting policies for specific cases and other related company policies
      • Implementation of a gender-neutral framework
      • Sexual harassment policies in schools and educational institutions
      • Sexual harassment policies for hospitals and medical institutions
      • Aligning other company policies to prevent sexual harassment
      • Dissemination and publicity of sexual harassment policy

MODULE IV: Sensitisation and training of employees

  • Knowledge components of a sensitization program - Any effective sensitization program for employees must have special information on the following topics:
    • What acts constitute sexual harassment?
    • What should you do in case you face sexual harassment? Steps for filing a complaint and reliefs.
    • Under which circumstances does the act accord protection to working women?
    • What should the defendant do in case of a complaint against him?
    • How to handle a complaint that is not genuine?
    • How should male and transgender employees deal with sexual harassment at workplace?
  • Implementation of workshops for sensitization
    • Planning a workshop
    • Simulation activities
    • How to communicate with the employees
    • Participative decision making at workshops
  • Modes of sensitisation - workshop, intranet or video-conferencing
  • Content generation for sensitization – case studies
  • Evaluation techniques and frequency
  • Provision of take-away information kit and
  • sample presentations

MODULE V: Setting up ICC capacity building programs (for ICCs)

  • Constitution of ICC
  • Establishing ICC and selection of members
  • Identifying suitable external member of the ICC
  • Terms of engagement with external members
  • Challenges in creation of ICC
  • How to conduct meetings and hearings
  • ICC’s compliance obligations under the act
  • Compliance obligations of ICCs
  • Record keeping obligations
  • Maintenance of confidentiality
  • Implementation monitoring – how to ensure the organization complies with ICC’s recommendations
  • Employer’s duties with respect to ICC
  • Developing handbook for ICC members
  • Interface between the employer and ICC
  • Independence of ICC
  • Role of different organisational actors in tackling sexual harassment
  • Pre-complaint employee counselling
  • Creating an effective complaints mechanism

MODULE VI: Decision-making process by the ICC
  • Procedure and timelines for the ICC to decide a sexual harassment complaint
  • Filing complaint
  • Reply by the accused
  • Settlement
  • Interim measures and how to identify appropriate interim measures
  • Enquiry process
  • Recommendation
  • Natural justice principles
  • Decision-making process
  • Notice for hearing
  • Oral hearing
  • Presentation of evidence
  • Recording the deposition of witness
  • Examination and Cross-examination
  • Inquiry-related powers
  • Powers as a Civil Court
  • Cooperation of employer
  • How to enforce attendance, issue summons and attachment
  • Guidelines on quantifying penalties
  • How to evaluate evidence
  • Final reliefs, how to write orders and reports
  • How to handle frivolous complaints
  • Handling sexual harassment complaintsin government departments and public sector bodies

MODULE VII: Advanced topics in workplace diversity Gender Neutral Workplaces, Workplace Harassment and Ensuring Workplace Diversity

  • Framework for gender-neutral implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013
  • Workplace discrimination and harassment - Indian law and standards in government and private enterprises
  • International standards, best practices and laws
  • Voluntary systems to protect employees from workplace harassment and discrimination
The Expert's Toolkit
  • Sample settlement agreement
  • Sample decision of the ICC
  • Sample interim-decision of the ICC
  • Sample anti-sexual harassment policy
  • Sample anti-sexual harassment notice at workplace
  • Sample clause prohibiting sexual harassment in employment contract
  • Sample Annual Report by the ICC
  • Sample notice to accused to attend an ICC proceeding
  • Sample notice to a witness to attend an ICC proceeding / produce documents
  • Daily order sheet
  • Minutes of hearings in first hearing
  • Record of examination of witnesses
  • Production of new evidence/witnesses
  • Compliance check list for employer organizations
  • Capacity building plan for the members of the ICC
  • Format for FIR
  • Checklist for filing an FIR
  • Declaration to minimise risk of false complaint
  • Draft complaint against sexual harassment
  • Sample notice to employer to comply with the Anti-Sexual harassment Act
  • Important Government notifications related to sexual harassment

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Executive Certification in Sexual Harassment Prevention and Workplace Diversity,
WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Dr. Ambedkar Bhavan,
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