Find an External Member for your ICC
One of the mandatory compliance requirement of the POSH Act 2013 is to have separate Internal Complaints Committee for every sub-unit and division (irrespective of location) with 10 or more members and invite an external member to join the ICC. Ungender helps organizations find external members for their ICCs who are:
- Qualified with relevant knowledge and skill sets to conduct inquiries under POSH Act 2013
- Qualified with in-depth understanding of workplace dynamics and balanced overview of gender conflicts.
- Equipped to provide practical insights specific to the application of the guidelines of the POSH Act 2013 to organizations as per the industry vertical and sector.
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What does POSH Act, 2013 say about the qualifications of External Member?
The POSH Act, 2013 says that an external member can be:
- from a non-governmental organizations committed to the cause of women
- associations committed to the cause of women
- a person familiar with the issues relating to sexual harassment.
An external member can be of any gender and profession as long as they fulfill one of the above mentioned requirement.
Can an ICC function and operate without an External Member?
An organization will not complete the compliance requirement under the POSH Act, 2013 if it sets up an ICC without an External Member on board of the Committee. An External Member advises the ICC on keeping the inquiries fair, impartial and unbiased.
What is the extent of the External Member’s Role within an organization?
Getting an external member on board can be for activities that may involve them only for investigations and regular meetings or invite them (based on their level of expertise in this field) to advise your organization on setting up the compliance infrastructure. Most of the times internal members of the organization are not equipped with the industry practices and overall aspect of adhering to the POSH Act, 2013 and it is advisable to seek the expertise of an external member for the same.