Effective January 1, 2020, the new SB 75 Workplace Transparency Act changed how discrimination issues and harassment complaints are handled in Illinois. This initial article explains components of this new bill and what you’ll need to do to be compliant. In the future, when they become available, we’ll provide specific links so your organization can complete training, print certificates and become compliant with the law.
Organizations that can remain compliant with the new employee protection laws can improve workplace morale and avoid costly lawsuits. The new law aims to:
The new law also expands to include independent contractors who were not previously protected under the Illinois Human Relations Act. According to new regulations, companies must create a safe and inclusive work environment for everyone who is working for them, whether they are on the payroll or not. This is important for contractors who work for companies for extended periods and regularly engage with their employees.
Sexual Harassment Training Requirements
The SB 75 Workplace Transparency Act makes changes to the IHRA and makes sexual harassment training requirements in workplaces mandatory. To remain compliant, these should include the following:
Employers who fail to provide relevant training will be charged with penalties. This includes:
Employers who are charged with multiple violations may have to pay as much as $5,000 per violation. Be prepared to train your employees in your organization to ensure this does not happen. Once Illinois releases its requirements, SIA Insurance Group will provide specific links so your organization can complete training, print certificates and become compliant with the law.
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