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Illinois Employers Have Until December 31st to Provide Sexual Harassment Training

September 2023

Illinois employers, have you completed your annual sexual harassment training? If not, Pedersen & Houpt can help.

Since 2020, the Illinois Human Rights Act ("IHRA" or "Act") has required Illinois employers to provide yearly training to employees on sexual harassment prevention.  Specifically, the IHRA requires employers to provide training which minimally includes:

  • An explanation of sexual harassment consistent with the Act;
  • Examples of conduct that constitutes unlawful sexual harassment;
  • A summary of relevant federal and State statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment, including remedies available to victims of sexual harassment; and
  • A summary of responsibilities of employers in the prevention, investigation, and corrective measures of sexual harassment.

(Note: Restaurants and bars have additional sexual harassment prevention requirements under the Act.)

Illinois employers have until December 31, 2023, to complete this year's required sexual harassment training.  Failure to complete the required annual training can open employers up to civil penalties that can reach as high as $5,000 per incident.

If you have yet to provide the required training, Pedersen & Houpt has a sexual harassment training presentation that will get your company into compliance before the deadline. If you have any questions about our harassment training presentation and how it can benefit your company, please reach out to Ryan L. Young at ryoung@pedersenhoupt.com or (312) 261-2192 or Margaret A. Miles at mmiles@pedersenhoupt.com or (312) 261-2734 

For those employers with Chicago employees that are looking to get ahead of next year's June 30th sexual harassment training deadline, we also have a training presentation that will get your company into compliance with the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance's sexual harassment training requirements.    

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