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"New sexual harassment law is an opportunity for companies to do better" by Tina Tchen (Crain's Chicago Business)

Crain's Chicago Business

Tina Tchen

Illinois last month joined a growing list of states passing laws to combat and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. The sweeping legislation signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker includes amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act, creation of the Workplace Transparency Act and the Hotel and Casino Employee Safety Act. 

The bill, effective Jan. 1, 2020, makes several key changes, including amending the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) to require that every employer with employees working in Illinois provide training at least annually on preventing sexual harassment. The law also specifies that the training must explain sexual harassment and give examples of specific conduct, as well as summarize key statutes and employer responsibilities related to sexual harassment. 

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