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REMINDER:  Illinois Annual Sexual Harassment Training Mandate

By Alec Laird, MHA Illinois Lobbyist and Vice President, Government Relations for the Illinois Retail Merchants Association

As a reminder, the state of Illinois requires all businesses within Illinois to conduct sexual harassment training for their employees. The Workplace Transparency Act (Public Act 101-221) requires Illinois employers to train employees on sexual harassment prevention on an annual basis. This requirement applies to all employers with employees working in this State. Employers must either develop their own sexual harassment prevention training program that equals or exceeds the minimum standards for sexual harassment prevention training outlined in Section 2-109(B) of the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA), or they may use the model training provided by the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR).

Minimum Standards for Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
Employers may develop their own sexual harassment prevention training programs provided they meet or exceed the minimum training standards outlined in Section 2-109(B) which include:

  • an explanation of sexual harassment consistent with the IHRA;
  • examples of conduct that constitutes unlawful sexual harassment;
  • a summary of relevant federal and State statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment, including remedies available to victims of sexual harassment; and
  • a summary of responsibilities of employers in the prevention, investigation, and corrective measures of sexual harassment.

Additional Compliance Information
Supplemental Training. For the purposes of satisfying the requirements under Section 2-109, employers may use IDHR’s model sexual harassment prevention training program to supplement any existing program an employer is utilizing or develops. eHELPS members may find IDHR’s model training HERE. Members should keep records of the employee training including signed employee attestations.

  • Deadline to Train Employees. Employers must train employees on an annual basis thereafter.
  • Civil Penalty. Any employer that is in violation of Section 2-109 will be issued a notice to show cause giving the employer 30 days to comply. Failure to comply within 30 days will result in IDHR petitioning the Illinois Human Rights Commission for entry of an order imposing a civil penalty against the employer.

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