In August 2019, Illinois enacted the Workplace Transparency Act which amended the Illinois Human Rights Act to increase employee protections by combating discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Beginning January 1, 2020, the Act requires Illinois employers to train employees on sexual harassment prevention by December 31, 2020, and annually thereafter. This requirement applies to all employers with employees working in Illinois.
The Illinois Department of Human Rights has released a model Sexual Harassment Prevention training program for an employer’s use in complying with the Act. An employer may develop their own sexual harassment prevention training program as long as it equals or exceeds the minimum standards for sexual harassment prevention training required in the Act.
Employers that fail to follow the new training requirements will be subject to civil penalties imposed by the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
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