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Eagerly Anticipated Guidance on Illinois’ Sexual Harassment Prevention and Training Requirements Released

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IHDR) has answered the call for clarity and provided guidance on the sexual harassment prevention measures necessitated by Public Act 101-0221 (commonly referred to as the Workplace Transparency Act), which amended the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA). As of January 1, 2020, the Illinois Human Rights Act requires Illinois employers: 1) to provide sexual harassment prevention training by December 31, 2020 and annually thereafter; and 2) for restaurants and bars to establish and disseminate a written policy on sexual harassment within the first week of an individual’s hire and to provide supplemental, industry-specific sexual harassment prevention training.

Illinois Extends Sexual Harassment Protection to Unpaid Interns

Further extending the Illinois Human Rights Act’s already expansive protection of victims of sexual harassment, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn last month signed into law a bill amending the Act to protect unpaid interns against sexual harassment. The amendment becomes effective January 1, 2015.
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