ALERT on Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Law: Public Act 101-0221 amended the Illinois Human Rights Act ("IHRA") requiring: Illinois employers to provide annual sexual harassment prevention training by December 31, 2020 and annually thereafter; restaurants and bars to establish and disseminate a written policy on sexual harassment prevention training and provide "supplemental" sexual harassment prevention training; and the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR") to develop a model sexual harassment prevention training program for use by employers. Employers may develop their own sexual harassment prevention training program that equals or exceeds the minimum standards for sexual harassment prevention training outlined in Section 2-109(B) and/or Section 2-110(C) of IHRA. For more information, please review our Frequently Asked Questions page on sexual harassment prevention training and associated subpages. Here you will also find informational handouts. IDHR's model sexual harassment prevention training will be available March 31, 2020.
About The Institute for Training and Development
Welcome to the Institute for Training and Development ("Training Institute") at the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR"). The Training Institute offers a wide range of trainings related to the Illinois Human Rights Act ("IHRA") and workplace trends centered on issues of discrimination in the workplace. These courses are designed to increase knowledge, awareness and prevention of discrimination and harassment issues and offer solutions to employers and employees on how to appropriately respond to situations as they arise. The Training Institute also offers courses on staff development and workplace challenges. Courses are offered to private-sector, government, and public participants throughout the State of Illinois.
View Course Offerings and Register for a Course
You may view the latest schedule of our course offerings and register for our complimentary training via the following social media platforms:
Diverse Course Offerings, Customized Training, and Flexible Delivery Options
IDHR's classes are taught by certified trainers with more than a decade of real-world experience and first-hand knowledge in human and civil rights. We maintain a small trainer-to-trainee ratio to ensure you will benefit from a uniquely personalized approach.
Our interactive style utilizes a combination of adult learning theory and real-world case studies to create a high impact training environment that is both informative and engaging. Additionally, our curriculum breaks down complex legal statutes to promote learner-comprehension and facilitate retention.
Customization options are available on a limited basis to meet the unique needs of specific organizations and maximize their resources (see more information below). Training curriculum segments can be adapted to a variety of time and location considerations.
Sample List of Complimentary Trainings - Open to the Public (“OTP”)
• Conflict Resolution
• Diversity Awareness
• Building Bridges with LGBTIA+ Employees
• Working Effectively Across Generational Lines
• Harassment in the Workplace
• Harnessing the Power of Emotional Intelligence
• Inter-Cultural Communication
• Sexual Harassment Prevention
• Civility in the Workplace
A certificate of completion is provided to all individual attendees of OTP trainings. On-site training for public and private sector clients can also be scheduled. Please contact the IDHR training unit for more information.
Requests for Customized Training
IDHR's Training Institute will bring customized training to your location and can tailor a number of course offerings to fit unique organizational needs. All offsite classes require a minimum enrollment. Class fees include pre-training consultation to discuss areas requiring customization and desired class length, emphasis, and dates. All training materials are also included in the class fee. Customized training option is great for employers who are seeking mandatory training for employees.
To get started, contact us by email or by phone at 312-814-2477 for questions on availability and pricing.
Sample List of Complimentary Trainings - Open to the Public
- Conflict Resolution
- Diversity Awareness
- Building Bridges with LGBT Employees
- Working Effectively Across Generational Lines
- Harassment in the Workplace
- Harnessing the Power of Emotional Intelligence
- Inter-Cultural Communication
- Sexual Harassment Prevention: Is It or Isn't It?
- An Employee's Guide for Navigating Social Media in Workplace
Note: A certificate of completion is provided to all individual attendees of OTP trainings. On-site training for public and private sector clients can also be scheduled. Please contact the IDHR training unit for more information.
Illinois Department of Human Rights
Institute for Training and Development
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph Street, Suite 10-100
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Voice: (312) 814-2477
TTY: (866) 740-3953
Email: IDHR training unit
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Note on ADA Compliance: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Illinois Human Rights Act, IDHR will ensure that all programs are readily accessible to and usable by concerned individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for any training event, please contact the Training Institute at 312-814-2477 (Voice) or 866-740-3953 (TTY) at least 72 hours prior to the date of the event. E-mail messages can be sent to the IDHR training unit.