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New Curbs on Sexual Harassment Pass Illinois Senate (1)

April 11, 2019, 8:13 PMUpdated: April 11, 2019, 9:43 PM

Employers in Illinois would have to comply with a menu of new leave, training, and transparency duties addressing workplace sexual harassment under a bill that streaked through the state Senate April 11.

The Senate passed S.B. 1829, characterized by sponsors as the “sexual harassment omnibus bill,” by a vote of 56-0.

The measure quickly was transferred to the House for consideration. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) has previously expressed support for additional workplace protections for victims of sexual harassment and sexual violence.

The proposed law includes limitations on employers’ use of nondisclosure and forced arbitration processes. It also expands ...