Reminder Applicable to:
All employers in Chicago, IL
This is a reminder concerning the Chicago Sexual Harassment Training requirements. Employers have only a few months left to train all employees working in Chicago on sexual harassment prevention and bystander intervention. While this requirement is to be completed annually, the first round of training must be completed by June 30, 2023.
What are the details?
The Chicago Human Rights Ordinance was amended in April 2022 with requirements for employers beginning July 1, 2022. The requirements are as follows:
- A minimum of one hour of sexual harassment prevention training is required for employees, and a minimum of two hours of such training is required for managers and supervisors.
- A minimum of one hour of bystander intervention training is required for all employees.
To satisfy these requirements, employers may implement the City of Chicago’s template sexual harassment prevention and bystander intervention trainings. Employers should keep in mind, however, that these templates are meant to be expanded and tailored to meet the individual needs of employers.
Employers can find additional assistance here on tailoring the trainings to meet business needs. The Illinois training template may also be used for sexual harassment prevention training for employees, and of course, employers may develop their own programs, so long as they meet or exceed the minimum requirements.
For more information, please see the links below:
Ordinance (PDF download)
What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the above links for information and resources, and ensure their policies, trainings, notices, recordkeeping, and other practices comply with the changes and upcoming requirements. In particular, you should ensure employees working in Chicago have completed the first round of required annual sexual harassment prevention and bystander intervention trainings by the June 30 deadline.
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