If you’re unsure of how to meet Illinois’ new sexual harassment prevention training requirements, this at-a-glance guide will highlight the essentials. It covers the Workplace Transparency Act, upcoming deadlines, and special considerations for bars and restaurants. If you’re looking for a more comprehensive guide to meeting Illinois’ requirements, please visit Impact Compliance Training’s sexual harassment prevention training blog.
SB 0075 Basics
On August 9, 2019, Illinois Governor, J.B. Pritzker, signed the Workplace Transparency Act, also known as SB 0075. Starting in 2020, this bill requires employers in the state of Illinois to provide annual sexual harassment prevention training to their employees.
It was October 1991. In my office, above the stage of the playhouse I built and operated in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, I sat riveted — nay, mesmerized — watching the Clarence Thomas–Anita Hill hearings on a tiny, desktop TV.
For many of us outside the labor law community, that was the dawning of awareness about sexual harassment — an issue now in the consciousness of pretty much anyone not dwelling with the forest animals or contemplating their navel in a cave.
After a long run as an entertainment industry professional and early Gaslamp Quarter pioneer, I was ready to move from arts into business. I had built two theaters, produced over one hundred professional shows, had written, directed, and performed in dozens of productions, and longed to merge that passion with another passion: education, where a prior career track and my academic creds lay.
Watching those hearings, I had a prophetic thought: “This would make an amazing play.”
By Kit Goldman, President of Workplace Training Network, Inc.
Arturo: A customer service supervisor at a fictional company
Tracy: An IT employee
Scene: Arturo’s office. Tracy dashes in holding a cup of coffee.
T: Sorry I’m late. Stopped in the break room to get some coffee and that new temp… Ron… was in there passing out birthday cake and doing his thing.
A: “His thing”?
T: (takes off jacket, puts on chair) Yeah, the “spank me, it’s my birthday” thing. Putting on a big show even though he’s only been here 27 and a half days, not that I’m counting. The whole thing’s juvenile and disgusting. Anyway, sorry. What’s going on?