SoOLegal Knowledge Series

Certificate Program on Practitioner's Knowledge Series - Crucial Judgments in POSH Act, 2013


Pallavi Pareek

Founder of UNGENDER, a gender laws advisory firm

Founder of CONDUCT, a SaaS based solution to POSH Compliance and Inclusion at workplaces

Managing Trustee of Initiatives for Inclusion Foundation

Pallavi has advised over 400+ companies on the nuances of POSH Act, 2013 and educated over a lakh individuals on their rights under this law. She has advised on the capacity building and implementation of this law at state level and through her PIL, pushed some major amendment and enforcement on the ground level implementation of this law. Pallavi launched India's first comprehensive POSH Toolkit in 2014 which allowed companies to adopt this compliance in a simplified manner. She also introduced and ran India's first executive certification for POSH Practitioners with NUJS, Kolkata and now runs a more dedicated and comprehensive program through her firm, UNGENDER certifying over 100 POSH Practitioners until now.

Suruchi Kumar

Head of Legal Services at UNGENDER

Head of Legal Services at UNGENDER, Suruchi is a Labor Law expert spending her time between boardrooms and Supreme Court advising companies and clients on their labor law issues. Post her LLM, Suruchi continued her work at prestigious organizations like WHO and firms such as Amarchand Mangaldas before charting out as an independent practitioner. In her limited spare time, Suruchi is devoted to spend time with DSLA and extend her expert advisory on things that matter. Suruchi regularly associated with companies and individuals in an advisory role to build compliant practices and execute awareness programs on POSH Act, 2013.

Watch one of Ungender's Live Sessions on Some Important Judgements on POSH Act, 2013

A Brief on the Objectives of the Certificate Program

In the past seven years, since the enactment of POSH Act, 2013, various judgments have allowed to establish a better and clear understanding on how one should go about reading this law and its rules. In the practice area, there are divided schools of thoughts and opinions which create further confusion for the Companies and their leaders. Additionally, Companies are constantly seeking out latest developments on the guidelines and consequences of violation for their perusal. As a POSH Practitioner, it is crucial that you are updated to these, and are aligned with the latest discussions of this practice area. This 5 weeks certificate program on 25 judgments on POSH Act, 2013 will intend to achieve knowledge upgrade through practical studies.

A Brief on the Topics the Certificate Program will cover -

Course Objective: At a larger level, this 5 week certificate program on Practitioner's Knowledge Series ON POSH Act, 2013 will focus on 25 important Case laws that have happened in the area of POSH Act, 2013. We will be covering aspects as below:

  • a. Reasonable woman
  • b. External member selection
  • c. Principles of Natural Justice
  • d. Internal Committee composition
  • e. Documentation
  • f. Appeallate authorities
  • g. Considerations for punishment
  • h. and more

COURSE FEE : INR 7000/- Plus GST
5% Discount for all SoOLEGAL Members
Digital Certification of Participation for all Attendees

Target Audience: Ideal Attendees for this program are Practicing POSH Individuals, Internal Committee Members, Lawyers, HR Leaders, Labor Law Practitioners, and CAs/CS advising companies on their compliance.

Week Wise Topics covered (Judgements will be selected accordingly)

1st Week

3rd, October, Saturday : 4:00 PM to 05:30 PM

  • Evolution of POSH Law: From Vishakha to Nirbhaya
  • Test of a reasonable woman: The subjectivity of POSH complaints
  • Aggrieved Woman: A woman of any age, employed or not employed
  • Employee
  • Workplace: Office and beyond

2nd Week

10, October, Saturday : 4:00 PM to 05:30 PM

  • Sexual harassment: The wide ambit of this term
  • Is physical touch necessary?
  • Is reprimanding a subordinate sexual harassment?
  • Pornography and sexual harassment
  • Is abusing sexual harassment?

3rd Week

17, October, Saturday : 4:00 PM to 05:30 PM

  • Constitution of Internal Complaints Committee
  • Presiding Officer and the seniority conundrum
  • Importance of other members from amongst employees
  • External Member: The value of experience in handling sexual harassment complaints and independence
  • Conflict of interest

4th Week

24, October, Saturday : 4:00 PM to 05:30 PM

  • Complaint: in writing and to the committee
  • Limitation period for filing complaint
  • Quorum
  • Conciliation
  • Investigation as per principles of natural justice

5th Week

31, October, Saturday : 4:00 PM to 05:30 PM

  • Interim measures: to suo moto or not to suo moto
  • Report of IC: one report to bind them all
  • The proportionality of penalty
  • False complaints: Penal consequences for misuse of law
  • Appeal under the law

COURSE FEE : INR 7000/- Plus GST
5% Discount for all SoOLEGAL Members
Digital Certification of Participation for all Attendees

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