Illinois Policy Update: IHRA Amendment for Sexual Harassment Training
An amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) went into effect beginning July 1, 2020 that requires all employers with one or more employees to conduct sexual harassment training. This training is required to be completed by December 31, 2020, and then annually thereafter. The Illinois Department of Human Rights has provided guidelines for what needs to be included in the training, as well as a training presentation that can be downloaded from their website that is in PowerPoint and PDF formats. More information can be found on the training required here: https://www2.illinois.gov/dhr/Training/Pages/Minimum-Training-Standards-for-All-Employers.aspx.
Restaurants and bars are required to provide supplemental training above and beyond what is required of other employers. The Illinois Department of Human Rights will provide a training presentation for restaurants and bars to use as well, but it’s not available yet. In addition to additional elements that will be required in the training presentation, the training itself needs to be available in both English and Spanish, and the employer must have a written sexual harassment policy that is distributed to all employees and new employees within their first week of employment. More information on the required training for restaurants and bars is located here: https://www2.illinois.gov/dhr/Training/Pages/Minimum-Training-Standards-for-Bars-and-Restaurants.aspx
All employers must keep a record of compliance in case the IDHR requests it. The training presentation that is provided from the Illinois Department of Human Rights includes a signature page for employees to sign, documenting their participation.
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