Late on Friday, August 9, 2019, Illinois Governor Pritzker signed SB 75 into law. Among other changes, this law amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to require employers of all sizes to provide annual training on the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace. The new law takes effect January 1, 2020, and training will be required to be completed sometime in the calendar year 2020.
As Syntrio reported in July, the best course of action for employers to take is to train their employees in the summer of 2020. This is because there are likely to be regulations clarifying the exact needs of the training program that will be available by that time. The parameters of the training include the standard issues common to all these laws:
- Explanation of sexual harassment
- Examples of conduct that constitutes sexual harassment
- Summary of federal and state statutory provisions
- Summary of the responsibilities of employers for prevention, investigation, and corrective measures of sexual harassment
That said, we have experienced several new laws of this nature since the beginning of the #MeToo movement, and in each case the state administrative agency involved has expanded the requirements via post-legislation regulation. We expect the same in Illinois and recommend staying tuned to Syntrio for further information.
What we know is true is that employers now have an obligation beginning January 1, 2020 to train all of their employees on this very important topic. Syntrio is of course ahead of the curve and well into the development process on its course. You can be assured that we will have fully compliant courseware on or before the effective date of the law and will be ready and willing to meet the needs of your organization with cutting edge courseware that exceeds the requirements of the law.