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12 January 2018, 07:42 | Cesar Cruz
Iceland just made it illegal to pay men more than women for the same job
Some headlines have claimed that the new law makes it illegal to pay men more than women. If they fail to do so, they risk being fined. Based on the current pace, IWPR projects that women in the US won't reach pay equality until 2059.
Companies with 25 members of staff and over are obliged to obtain government certification of their equal-pay policies or face being slapped with financial penalties.
Companies will be forced into getting certificates to prove they're not discriminating by sex when it comes to salary packages.
The possible fines are set at around $500 per day in the current legislation.
Actress and gender equality campaigner Patricia Arquette tweeted: "Yoo Hoo!"
Senator Bernie Sanders praised Iceland for establishing equal pay Tuesday, demanding that the U.S.do the same. It probably helps that almost 50 percent of its parliament is female. "Equal representation benefits everyone!"
Data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the global organisation of parliaments, showed women held 23.6 percent of seats in 193 parliaments on September 2017. That is, it only tackles one part of the problem of gender pay discrimination.
Employers still have the option of rewarding their workers based on experience, performance and other aspects. Anti-gender-gap activists cried foul, but administration officials said the form provides undue burdens on business without achieving the desired effect of equity.
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