Illinois Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Last week, the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) released its model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training program for Illinois employers in compliance with Public Act 101-0221 (commonly referred to as the Workplace Transparency Act).
The Workplace Transparency Act was signed into law by Governor Pritzker in August 2019. Under this Act, Illinois employers are required to train employees on sexual harassment prevention by December 31, 2020, and on an annual basis thereafter. 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 IDHR.

In addition to providing the sexual harassment prevention training described above, restaurants and bars are required to provide supplemental sexual harassment prevention training that complies with Section 2-110 of the IHRA. Illinois restaurants and bars must either develop their own supplemental training or utilize the model training provided by the IDHR.  The IDHR's supplemental training model for restaurants and bars is forthcoming.

Illinois Sexual Harassment Prevention Training CTA

Record of Compliance

Employers should keep an internal record of training compliance to be made available for IDHR inspection upon request. Records that reflect compliance may include but are not limited to, a certificate of participation, a signed employee acknowledgement, or training sign-in worksheets.

A record of training should include the names of employees trained, the date of training, the sign-in worksheets, copies of certificates of participation issued, and a copy of all written or recorded materials that comprise the training as well as the name of the training provider, if applicable. 

Records may be paper based or electronic. 

Documentation of the training should not be sent to IDHR unless requested but should be kept on the employer's premises.  

For more information about compliance, please review the IDHR's Frequently Asked Questions page on sexual harassment prevention training and associated subpages.  


Our Take

We were hopeful that similar to other states, it would be a software employers could easily enroll, track, and record training completions. Instead, the state only provided a powerpoint and it's the responsibility of the employer to present the information to your employees (you can't just send them the powerpoint, they have to listen through the presentation).
Your Options

1) You may present, track, and record the presentation yourself. The link to the training can be found here.
2) Should you prefer someone take this responsibility off your plate, we are offering an affordable training software which can be viewed here
Source: The Illinois Department of Human Rights

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