Illinois Workplace Transparency Act (WTA) Training Requirements

Illinois Workplace Transparency Act (WTA) Compliance Requirements

All Illinois employers are required to provide Sexual Harassment Prevention training to all employees

The WTA, effective January 1, 2020

Click here  to view the complete Public Act 101-0221,

WTA applies to all Illinois employers with one or more employees.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirements:

Employers with one or more employees working in Illinois must:

  • Provide sexual harassment prevention training on an annual basis.
  • The law directs the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) to establish a model training program. Employers may use the model program or provide training that is compliant with at least the minimum requirements of the model program.
  • Be aware: Contract employees can now assert claims under the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”),
  • • Also note: Job-protected leave is available under the Victims Economic Security and Safety Act (“VESSA”) to “gender violence” victims.

Special Note:

Sexual Harassment Prevention for Restaurants and Bars:

The law imposes additional sexual harassment prevention requirements on restaurants and bars. “Restaurant” includes, but is not limited to, coffee shops, cafeterias, and catering facilities.

Restaurants and bars are also required to provide a written sexual harassment policy to all employees within the first calendar week of the employee’s employment.

The Illinois Hotel and Casino Employee Safety Act

Requires hotels and casinos to equip employees who work alone in guest rooms, restrooms or casino floors, with a safety or notification device that will summon help if the employee reasonably believes that an ongoing crime, sexual harassment, sexual assault, or other emergency is occurring in the employee’s presence.

All hotel and casino employers are also required to develop, maintain, and comply with a written anti-sexual harassment policy that contains certain details specified in the law.

Expanded Discrimination Protection

The new definition of “employer” under the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) means that small businesses in Illinois may be subject to race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and age discrimination claims and other claims.

Previously the law only applied to employers with 15 or more employees. Now the law covers all employers with one or more employees working in Illinois.

Illinois Employers Should:

Review their harassment training programs policies and guidelines to ensure compliance with all WAT regulations.

Click here for information on: Illinois Workplace Transparency Act (“WTA”) sexual harassment training options.



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