Implementation of POSH Act, 2013 at Schools
While schools, preschools and day care centers come under the definition of “workplace” according to the Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013, they deal with their own challenges of ensuring the implementation of the guidelines and ensuring the safety of the stakeholders while building an environment free from sexual harassment. At Ungender, we use a customized approach towards ensuring the implementation of the POSH Act, 2013 in schools and build a safe environment at schools for all stakeholders involved, be it teachers or schools.
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Are children studying in schools covered under POSH Act, 2013?
No, as sexual offences with children under the age of 18 will be registered under the POCSO (Protection of Child form Sexual Offences Act, 2012). Schools, preschools and daycare are considered as “workplaces” and implementation of the guidelines of the Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013 allows for the implementation of preventive measures and redressal mechanisms to be put in place for teachers and associated employees of that school to provide a safe workplace framework.
Are all schools required to form an Internal Complaints Committee?
Yes, as they fall under the definition of the “workplace”, they should form the prescribed Internal Complaint Committee, if the workplace has 10 or more people working at the school.
Are there any exemptions provided for schools under POSH Act 2013?
No. There are no special provisions or exemptions. They are required to adhere to “all” the mandatory compliance requirements like any other workplace.