The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) released its model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training program for Illinois employers to comply with Public Act 101-0221 (commonly referred to as the Workplace Transparency Act). Under this Act, Illinois employers are required to train employees on sexual harassment prevention by December 31, 2020, and on an annual basis thereafter. This requirement applies to all employers with employees working in this State. Employers must either develop their own sexual harassment prevention training program that equals or exceeds the minimum standards for sexual harassment prevention training outlined in Section 2-109(B) of the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA), or they may use the model training provided by the IDHR. Download the Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Download the model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training program in PowerPoint format. Alternatively, you can download the training in a PDF format. Employers Required to Provide Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for All Employees •Every employer in the State of Illinois is required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training that complies with section 20198 of the Illinois Human Rights Act. •All employees regardless of their status (i.e. short-term, part-time, or intern) must be trained. •If an employer has an independent contractor working on-site with employer’s staff, the independent contractor should receive sexual harassment prevention training. Record of Compliance Employers should keep an internal record of training compliance to be made available for IDHR inspection upon request. Records that reflect compliance may include but are not limited to, a certificate of participation, a signed employee acknowledgement, or training sign-in worksheets. A record of training should include the names of employees trained, the date of training, the sign-in worksheets, copies of certificates of participation issued, and a copy of all written or recorded materials that comprise the training as well as the name of the training provider, if applicable. Records may be paper based or electronic. Documentation of the training should not be sent to IDHR unless requested but should be kept on the employer's premises. Page 14

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