What Illinois Employers Need to Know About Sexual Harassment Training Before the Deadline

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The “Me Too” movement has increased awareness against sexual harassment and prompted Illinois to enact sweeping new legislation that promotes safe and inclusive work environments.

What Does This Mean For Employers?

As part of the Workplace Transparency Act (IL SB75 ), the Illinois Department of Human Rights requires all Illinois business with one or more employees to provide Sexual Harassment Prevention training to their workers by December 31, 2020, and every year thereafter. Employers who fail to meet this new requirement will be subject to civil penalties imposed by the Department of Human Rights.

What Is Illinois Sexual Harassment Training?

As an employer in Illinois, you are required to train ALL EMPLOYEES ANNUALLY about the prohibitions against unlawful sexual harassment. Specifically, the mandatory training must include:

  1. the definition of unlawful sexual harassment and examples of the same;
  2. a summary of relevant federal and State statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment, including remedies available to victims of sexual harassment; and
  3. the responsibilities of employers in preventing, investigating, and taking corrective action in response to sexual harassment.

Other Considerations?

Although you already strive to maintain an appropriately professional workplace, we know you don’t always have time to formally document your policies and training in ways that not only protect your team but also manage your liability. With this new requirement in place, it’s more important than ever that your policies and documentation match your intentions! It’s essential to find a training resource to help navigate this new requirement and importantly provide the critical documentation that proves compliance.


Real Estate Institute has been a leader in training and compliance for Illinois professionals since 1992. Prior to this new requirement for all employers, Sexual Harassment Prevention training was already mandated for professionals who are licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). As an IDFPR approved education provider, Real Estate Institute has provided state-compliant Sexual Harassment Prevention training to thousands of busy individuals. Visit us online or call today for more information about how our training options can help you comply with this new requirement.