March 22, 2018

This Country Made It Illegal to Pay Women Less Than Men

12 January 2018, 07:42 | Cesar Cruz

Iceland just made it illegal to pay men more than women for the same job

Iceland has become the first country in the world to enforce equal pay between men and women. The legislation which came into force on the first day of 2018 and currently affects larger firms only

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 the same. It probably helps that almost 50 percent of its parliament is female. "Equal representation benefits everyone!"

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The United Nations says women are still paid less than men in every country in the world.

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.

"We must follow the example of our brothers and sisters in Iceland and demand equal pay for equal work now, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or nationality", he wrote on his Facebook page. According to the World Economic Forum, Iceland has been ranked the most gender-equal country for the past nine years.

"Ample evidence shows that women work as much as men and are still paid less", she added.

Despite its positive track record on gender issues, its wage gap hovers around 17%, and so they're looking to close the gap for good by passing the world's toughest law on the subject.

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