Eradication Of Sexual Harassment At Workplace

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Introduction

Unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is severe or pervasive and affects working conditions or creates a hostile work environment. The management of human resources towards the 21st century requires appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to ensure professionalism and effectiveness in the achievement of organizational goals.

Dealing with disciplinary matters covering investigations, domestic inquiries and punishments requires the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to avoid costly consequences to the organization. Employees are becoming more aware of their rights and remedies available to them. It is therefore incumbent upon management to serve justice professionally, fairly, firmly and without fear or favour.

The course is designed to impart the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to the participants on the principles, law and practice in order to ensure that they discharge their responsibilities in a profession manner that would foster confidence in the organization’s management system and avoid the costly consequences of defective handling of discipline and due inquiries. The programme is packed with practical guidelines for participants to apply with confidence in the performance of their organizational roles.

In Malaysia, the ministry of Human Resources has formulated a Code of Practice against Sexual Harassment in 1999 and the Code has several recommendations for an employer to observe. Recently, the amendments to the Employment Act 1955 have also imposed legal obligations on the employer to investigate sexual harassment complaints. The aim of the course is to provide HR practitioners, line managers/supervisors and legal personnel the law on sexual harassment and the practical aspects of managing a complaint on sexual harassment.

 

Learning Objective

At the end of the programme participants are able to:

  • Understand the definition of sexual harassment
  • Learning the different types of sexual harassment
  • Identifying sexual harassment
  • Steps to filing a complaint

 

Target Audience

 CEO, HR Manager, HR Executive, HR Assistant, Personal Assistant, Secretary, Line Managers/Executives, Supervisors, Other Non-HR Managers and Executives.

 

Program Duration

1 Day

 

Program Content (9.00am -5.00pm)

Module 1: History Of Sexual Harassment

  • Before the Code of Practice
  • After Code of Practice
  • Statistics

Module 2: Introduction To Code Of Practice

  • Does the Code have legal effect?
  • What is the aim of the Code?

Module 3: Definition Of Sexual Harassment As Per The Code

  • Sexual Coercion – condition of employment
  • Sexual Annoyance – no condition on employment
  • Subjective test of sexual harassment- “to be perceived by the recipient”
  • Is sexual harassment confined to workplace?
  • One off incident of sexual harassment vs successive acts of sexual harassment

Module 3: Forms Of Sexual Harassment

  • Verbal harassment
  • Non-verbal harassment
  • Visual harassment
  • Psychological harassment
  • Psychical harassment

Module 4: Recommendations By The Code

  • Policy statement outlining clear definition of sexual harassment, grievance procedure and committee to receive complaints.
  • Install disciplinary Rules and Penalties
  • Protective and Remedial measures for the victim
  • Promotional and Educational Programmes

Module 5: In-House Mechanism To Combat Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

  • A comprehensive in-house mechanism

Module 6: Protective And Remedial Measures For The Victim

  • Adequate measure to ensure maximum confidentiality so as to minimise embarrassment to the victim
  • FAQ
  • Case Studies

 

Training Approach

Presentations, case study, interactive discussions, workshops & role-play.

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