Effective Jan. 1, 2020, all employers in Illinois must provide annual employee training on workplace sexual harassment prevention. In addition, effective July 1, 2020, all provisions of the opens in a new windowIllinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) apply to every employer in the state, regardless of size (rather than just those with 15 or more employees).
These changes, among others, were made under new laws that the state enacted on opens in a new windowAug. 9opens PDF file , and opens in a new windowAug. 20, 2019, to expand existing protections against workplace discrimination and harassment. This document provides an overview of the law’s prohibitions and requirements related to sexual and other types of unlawful workplace harassment.