In order to strengthen the compliance, the POSH provides for filing of Annual Report every year.. It does not, however, specify a deadline for submission. Organizations have been submitting submitting Annual Reports by 31st January or as soon as LCCs/District Officers/State Authorities or any other concerned official of the respective state/district notify them.
As per Letter nos. 121 and 122 dated 8th Dec, 2021 issued by Adl Deputy Commission Cum District Officer, Gurugram every Organization to which POSH Act applies, shall file annual reporting for the calendar year by 30th April every year.
Purpose of Annual Report
The submission of an annual report is a method used by the government to keep track of how well organizations follow the law. The following information must be included in the annual report prepared by the Complaints Committee under Section 21:
- the number of sexual harassment complaints received during the year;
- the number of complaints resolved during the year;
- the number of cases pending for more than ninety days;
- the number of workshops or awareness program against sexual harassment; and
- the nature of the employer’s or District Officer’s response.
Consequences of Non Compliance
Employers that fail to comply would be subject to a punishment of up to Rs. 50,000. If an employer who has previously been convicted of an offence commits the same offence again, he will be subject to twice the punishment imposed on the first conviction. Furthermore, his licence to operate a business could be revoked.
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