In August 2019, Illinois enacted Public Act 101-0221 (commonly referred to as the Workplace
Transparency Act). The Act requires all employers, including community associations, with at
least one employee working in the state of Illinois to conduct annual sexual harassment training.
- Full time, part time and short term employees
- An apprentice or applicant for an apprenticeship
- Interns (paid or unpaid)
This can include anyone from security guards, seasonal lifeguards, door staff to maintenance staff.
The training must be conducted by December 31, 2020 and then on an annual basis thereafter.
Employers may use the model training provided by the Illinois Department of Human Rights
(IDHR) located on their website to conduct the training and be compliant under the Act. In the
alternative, the training may be developed by employers but it must equal or exceed the minimum
standards for sexual harassment prevention training outlined in Section 2-109(B) of the Illinois
Human Rights Act (IHRA). Therefore, it must include:
- an explanation of sexual harassment consistent with the IHRA,
- 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 measure of sexual harassment.
Employers must keep a record of their compliance which must be made available to the IDHR
Records (paper or electronic) can include but are not limited to:
- Names of employees trained
- Date of training
- Sign-in worksheets
- Signed employee acknowledgments
- Copes of certificates of participation issued
- Copy of all written or recorded materials used for the training
- Name of the training provider, if applicable
If an employer fails to comply with the Act they may be liable for civil penalties ranging from
$500-$5,000 depending on the number of violations and number of employees.
Contact our office today to learn more about this new law, or for help and guidance in developing
specific sexual harassment training specific to your community association.
For more information, the following resources may be helpful:
IDHR information on minimum training standards
IDHR Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Program
IDHR FAQ on Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
Section 2-109 and 2-110 of the Illinois Human Rights Act