What are Illinois’ harassment training requirements?
The state of Illinois’ new sexual harassment training requirements were set by SB 75. This law requires all private employers in Illinois to provide sexual harassment prevention training at least once per calendar year. In addition to the base training that all employers must provide, restaurants and bars must also provide supplemental training.
What should sexual harassment training in Illinois cover?
The Illinois harassment training law requires that your training must include an explanation of sexual harassment under Illinois law; examples of unlawful sexual harassment; a summary of relevant federal and Illinois statutes concerning sexual harassment, including remedies available to people who experience sexual harassment; and a summary of employers’ responsibilities to prevent, investigate, and take measures to correct sexual harassment. These are the minimum standards that must be in all training, including model training that the state must produce. Employers may provide training that exceeds these minimum standards.
Who does Senate Bill 75 apply to?
Senate Bill 75 applies to all companies with 1 or more employees in Illinois. The law also requires that all restaurants and bars provide supplemental training that covers specified content.
What does this mean for you?
This is a big shift for Illinois employers and you will likely need to make a number of changes to satisfy the Illinois harassment training requirements. As a first step, you will need to identify, schedule, and deliver sexual harassment training for all of your employees and make a plan for any new additions to your team.
Want to learn more about the mandates across North America?
The EVERFI team of dedicated in-house attorneys wants you to have a clear understanding of which states and provinces require harassment training. Explore our interactive guide to sexual harassment prevention training requirements.