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Illinois Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

Starting January 1, 2020, the Workplace Transparency Act (SB 75) requires that all employees receive interactive sexual harassment training every year. Restaurants and bars doing business in Illinois have additional training requirements.

Which organizations need to provide training?

Every employer with employees working in the State of Illinois.

Who needs to be trained?

All employees, including short-term and part-time employees and interns must be trained by December 31, 2020. Employers are required to train any employee who will perform work or regularly interact with the Employer’s employees in Illinois, even if based in another state. The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) also strongly recommends that independent contractors receive training, especially if they work on-site or interact with the employer’s staff. 

How frequently do employees need to be trained?

All employees need to be trained on an annual basis.

When must employees be trained?

New employees must receive sexual harassment training within 90 days of hire.

What are the minimum training requirements?

Training should be interactive and at a minimum include:

  • An explanation of sexual harassment consistent with Illinois law.

  • Examples of conduct that constitutes unlawful sexual harassment.

  • A summary of relevant federal and state laws concerning sexual harassment, including remedies available to victims of sexual harassment.

  • A summary of employers’ responsibilities to prevent and investigate sexual harassment and take corrective measures.

Sexual Harassment Training for Illinois Restaurants

  • Include specific conduct, activities, or videos related to the restaurant or bar industry

  • An explanation of manager liability and responsibility under the law

  • English and Spanish language options

  • Note - Restaurant and bar employers will also now be required to provide a written sexual harassment policy to all new employees during the first calendar week of their employment.

EasyLlama’s Illinois Edition for Restaurants & Bars contains additional material required under the Workplace Transparency Act, including specific conduct, activities and videos related to the restaurant or bar industry. 

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