The Illinois Legislature and Governor JB Pritzker have responded to the #MeToo Movement with important new legislation. January 1 and July 1, 2020, are the important dates for every company’s compliance with a series of new laws. Every company must review and revise its written policies and procedures to comply with these laws.
On August 9, 2019, Governor JB Pritzker signed the Workplace Transparency Act. Starting on January 1, 2020, all companies must start complying with the law, which adds the following protections for harassment but creates specific obligations for companies:
To comply with this legislation, all employers must implement the following action plan by December 31, 2019:
By beginning early, all employers will be prepared for the changes which start to become effective on January 1, 2020. We recommend not waiting until 2020 or, more seriously, until an employee files a charge of discrimination or harassment with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, which will investigate the employer’s compliance with these laws and may penalize the employer or find substantial evidence to believe that a violation occurred.
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