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Non-Regulatory Guidance to Further Protect Transgender, Nonbinary and Gender Non-Conforming Students

December 2021: IDHR announces the release of non-regulatory guidance on non-discrimination protections for transgender, nonbinary and gender non-conforming students under the Illinois Human Rights Act (Act). The new guidance document was developed based on a recommendation from the Affirming and Inclusive Schools Task Force. School districts, students and their families will now have a resource to better understand the protections afforded by the Act that ensure welcoming, safe, supportive, and inclusive school environments for all.

Click here to read and download the full guidance and press release (English).

Guidance Relating to Nondiscrimination in Healthcare Services in Illinois

On June 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will remove the explicit nondiscrimination protections for transgender individuals and other vulnerable populations under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This rule creates confusion about the right of everyone in the LGBTQ+ community, and specifically transgender individuals, to receive healthcare free from discrimination. The IDHR, coordinating with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, and the Illinois Department of Insurance, released guidance that clarifies the 2020 Final Rule's impact on residents of Illinois, identifies the protections from discrimination that exist in State law, and reminds the healthcare community of their ongoing obligations to deliver healthcare services in a non-discriminatory manner. You may review that guidance in this document.


Guidance Affirming Non-discrimination in Medical Treatment, including Administration of the COVID-19 Vaccine

This guidance is to affirm and suppement the State of Illinois' April 10, 2020 Guidance Relating to Non-Discrimination in Medical Treatment for Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).  Federal and State civil rights laws, including the Illinois Human Rights Act, prohibit discrimination in the delivery of healthcare and support the rendering of ethical, non-discriminatory decisions.  These principles have equal and ever-important application in the context of administering the COVID-19 vaccine.  

You may review the entire guidance in this document

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Guidance on Workers' Rights and Safety

Federal and Illinois law require employers to maintain a safe and healthy workplace.  As Illinois continues through the Restore Illinois plan and regional mitigation measures, employers and employees are navigating difficult questions about how to maintain a safe and healthy workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.  COVID-19 also has raised other employment-related questions involving issues such as pay and benefits, leave, and eligibility for unemployment insurance.

This guidance is intended to help both employers and employees educate themselves about minimum required workplace safety requirements, as well as best practices to promote a safe and well-functioning workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to provide guidance on some frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and the workplace.

Download the Updated Guidance on Workers' Rights Safety for more information.

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Non-Discrimination Guidance in Medical Treatment

Additionally, the IDHR released Guidance Relating to Non-discrimination in Medical Treatment for COVID-19.  You may review that guidance in this document.

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