Reminder to Chicago Employers: New Sexual Harassment Policy, Notice, and Training Requirements Take Effect July 1
June 29, 2022
Beginning July 1, All Chicago employers must have a written policy on sexual harassment, including at a minimum:
- A statement that sexual harassment is illegal in Chicago
- The definition of sexual harassment
- A description of the new training requirements
- Examples of prohibited conduct that constitute sexual harassment
- Details on how an individual can report an allegation of sexual harassment
- A description of legal services, including governmental, available to employees who may be victims of sexual harassment
- A statement that retaliation for reporting sexual harassment is illegal in Chicago
The written policy must be available in the employee’s primary language during their first week of employment. Chicago’s model anti-harassment policy (translated into multiple languages) is available here. Or, reach out to our Employment & Executive Compensation team to update your current policy.
Additionally, Chicago employers must also display an anti-harassment poster, available here.
Finally, Chicago’s new annual anti-harassment training requirement begin July 1, meaning all employees will need to receive the required trainings by July 1, 2023. Training templates and materials will be available to download from the City of Chicago’s website by Friday.
If you need a new anti-harassment policy, need your policy reviewed, or would like to schedule a training, please reach out. A member of our Employment & Executive Compensation team would be happy to speak with you.