Illinois Employers Have Until Dec. 31 To Train Employees on Sexual Harassment Prevention

Illinois Employers Have Until Dec. 31 To Train Employees on Sexual Harassment Prevention

The Illinois Department of Human Rights on Wednesday (Feb. 5, 2020) launched an information-based webpage concerning the Workplace Transparency Act, a law that requires all Illinois employers to provide sexual harassment prevention training to their employees on an annual basis.

“Dismantling the culture of silence surrounding sexual harassment requires education and mandatory training, which are our biggest tools to fight this pervasive problem,” said IDHR Director Jim Bennett. “The launch of this webpage is the first of many steps as IDHR works to administer and enforce this landmark legislation throughout 2020 and beyond.”

Formerly Senate Bill 75, Public Act 101-0221 was signed into law in August 2019.

Under this act, Illinois employers have until Dec. 31, 2020, to train employees on sexual harassment prevention.

The act provides minimum standards that must be included in the training, with additional supplemental training and policy requirements for restaurants and bars.

To assist Illinois employers with compliance, IDHR has developed several informational handouts, including:

The Act also mandates that IDHR provide a training module at no cost to Illinois employers and the general public.

How To Develop Prevention Training Programs

In addition to the webpage, IDHR is in the process of developing a model sexual harassment prevention training program for use by employers. Employers may develop their own sexual harassment prevention training program that meets or exceeds the minimum training standards outlined in Section 2-109(B) and/or Section 2-110(C) of the Illinois Human Rights Act.

IDHR’s model training program will be available to the public by the end of February.

For more information, please visit IDHR’s Training Institute webpage at www.illinois.gov/dhr/training.

The Illinois Department of Human Rights administers the IHRA. The IHRA prohibits discrimination in Illinois with respect to employment, financial credit, public accommodations, housing, and sexual harassment in education.

For more information, visit IDHR’s homepage. You can also find the IDHR on Facebook at Facebook.com/IllinoisDHR or follow on Twitter @Illinois_DHR.

SOURCE: IDHR news release