Google says it will hold managers responsible for discouraging excessive drinking, not just in the office, but at any party or event where employees get together.
By and large, the new policies are a direct response to these demands. "This is an area where we need to continually make progress and are committed to doing so".
Most impactful will be a shift away from forced arbitration, a highly-criticised practice that meant employees were contractually-bound to deal with complaints internally, in what some legal observers have described as being a "private justice system". Advocates for the victims point out that mandatory arbitration is not always desirable as some victims may prefer confidentiality and wish to avoid facing their alleged perpetrators.
The reforms are the latest fallout from a broader backlash against men's exploitation of their female subordinates. That report will include details on how many substantiated or partially substantiated concerns there were, disciplinary actions that were taken and what types of behavior lead to termination at the company.
Pichai's disclosure came after over 20,000 Google employees worldwide walked out last week in protest of sexual harassment at the company and its improper handling of sexual misbehaviour allegations against top executives. Those who fall behind in their training, including top executives, will be dinged in annual performance reviews, leaving a blemish that could lower their pay and make it more hard to get promoted. The newspaper said Rubin received a $90-million severance package in 2014 after Google concluded the accusations were credible.
He added that Google's workforce had been shocked by a New York Times report on sexual assault allegations surrounding high-profile workers at the tech firm.
Rubin derided the Times story article as inaccurate and denied the allegations in a tweet. But Google also included a new measure in its new list of policies that may catch some employees by surprise: a crack down on alcohol at work and after hours, at all work-related functions.
Critics believe that gender imbalance has created a "brogammer" culture akin to a college fraternity house that treats women as sex objects.
Google isn't addressing another one of the protesters' grievance because it believes it doesn't have merit.
The company will also revise the manner in which it will probe employee concerns, including streamlining reporting channels, allowing staff to be accompanied by support persons and offering extra care and resources like counselling and career support during and after the process.