The Illinois Workplace Transparency Act required all employers to train employees on sexual harassment prevention by December 31, 2020, and requires training thereafter on an annual basis. If your company failed to do so, there is still time to comply to avoid penalties.
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Time is running out. The Illinois Workplace Transparency Act requires all employers to train employees on sexual harassment prevention by December 31, 2020, and on an annual basis thereafter. This requirement applies to all employers with employees working in the State of Illinois. There is no Covid-19 pandemic response reprieve.
Illinois’ amended COVID-19 Shelter in Place rules permits essential workers, which includes most businesses that contract with the State of Illinois for essential services, including construction and healthcare, to continue to perform their essential functions.
For businesses bidding for work with Illinois during this COVID-19 time they must understand and comply with the Illinois Human Rights Act regarding sexual harassment prevention policy and training.
All Illinois employers must provide yearly sexual harassment prevention training starting this year. Illinois Public Act 101-0221 amended the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) , Section 2-109,requiring Illinois employers to provide annual sexual harassment prevention training by December 31, 2020, and then annually thereafter.
An employer can be sued for a supervisor’s murder and rape of one of its employees, which took place while the employee was with the supervisor at an out-of-state wedding, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held in the recent case of Anicich v. Home Depot, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 5202. The liability hinged on the supervisor’s authority over the victim. Even though the crimes took place outside of work hours and off the employer’s premises, the Seventh Circuit held that use of the supervisor’s supervisory authority was analogous to the use of the employer’s chattel off the premises.
Almost all women attorneys I know have been mistaken for the court reporter or the client. Once, opposing counsel asked if I was the court reporter, even though I had deposed his client several months earlier. Another time, opposing counsel kept me waiting in the lobby for the deposition of my client and kept walking by, finally telling me we were waiting for my attorney to arrive. We had previously made arrangements to depose my client over the phone. Even worse, when attending a pre-trial conference several years ago, a sitting Judge made a kissy face at me in front of my opposing counsel. [Read more…] about ABA Rule 8.4 Makes Discriminatory and Harassing Behavior Professional Misconduct