In 2018, the Illinois General Assembly passed amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) that extend filing deadlines for employees alleging harassment or discrimination and impose new notice requirements on employers.
Specifically the amendments:
- Extend the deadline for filing a civil rights violation under the IRHA from 180 to 300 calendar days of an alleged occurrence. This filing period mirrors the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) timeline.
- Update the posting and notice requirements to include information about employee rights to be free from sexual harassment. The new posting can be found here. Employers who provide an employee handbook must include language from the poster in the handbook.
- Allow employees to opt out of the Illinois Department of Human Rights administrative investigation process and immediately bring a lawsuit in the Illinois state circuit courts.
Illinois employers should ensure the new required posting is displayed. In addition, an Illinois employer that provides an employee handbook to its employees must also include a notice of employee rights and remedies in the handbook.
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Source: Michael Hyatt, HR Government Affairs Director, MRA – The Management Association