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World Iceland makes it illegal to pay women less than men

20:45  03 january  2018
20:45  03 january  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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Iceland has made it very difficult to pay women less than men . Employers in the Nordic country now have to prove that they pay men and women in the same jobs equally. If they fail to do so, they risk being fined. Discrimination based on gender is already illegal in many countries

Companies in Iceland will have to earn a certificate to show they pay both genders equally. Under the legislation, firms that employ more than 25 people are obliged to obtain a government certificate demonstrating pay equality, or they will face fines.

Iceland's prime minister, Katrin Jakobsdottir, center, is shown in the capital of Reykjavik on November 30. © Reuters/Geirix Iceland's prime minister, Katrin Jakobsdottir, center, is shown in the capital of Reykjavik on November 30. Iceland has made it very difficult to pay women less than men.

Employers in the Nordic country now have to prove that they pay men and women in the same jobs equally. If they fail to do so, they risk being fined.

Discrimination based on gender is already illegal in many countries — but research shows the legislation is far from effective. Women are paid less than men in every country in the world, according to research by the World Economic Forum.

Iceland is the first country to take the fight against the gender pay gap a step further, requiring companies to proactively get equal pay certification from the government. The law came into effect on Monday and applies to all companies and organizations with at least 25 full-time employees. Firms with more than 250 employees will have to get the certification by the end of this year, while smaller companies will follow in the next few years, according to their size. 

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We need to make sure that men and women enjoy equal opportunity in the workplace. It is our responsibility to take every measure to achieve The nation has nearly equalized the share of women in elective office. Women comprise 49 percent of the population and have filled more than 40 percent

If a company is paying its men more than women for doing the same task and the company says they perform better, what can the government This seems more like new control mechanism for older rules than something new. Anyway, good for them. Men will probably benefit from it too, since women tend

The possible fines are set at around $500 per day in the current legislation.

The new law has resonated with activists around the world.

Actress and gender equality campaigner Patricia Arquette tweeted: "Yoo Hoo!! In Iceland it is now Illegal to Pay Women less."

Tennis player Billie Jean King added: "Iceland again leading in the equality movement. A new female Prime Minister, and a Parliament where nearly half of its members are women. Equal representation benefits everyone!"

Sam Smethers, who campaigns for women's rights as CEO of the Fawcett Society, said equal pay "isn't just about what is in women's interests."

"Holding women back holds our economy back. Tackling gender inequality and discrimination is good for business and for all of us," she said.

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Women are paid less than men in every country in the world, according to research by the World Economic Forum. Iceland is the first country to take the fight In Iceland it is now Illegal to Pay Women less ." Tennis player Billie Jean King added: " Iceland again leading in the equality movement.

Women are paid less than men in every country in the world, according to research by the World Economic Forum. Iceland is the first country to take The law came into effect on Monday and applies to all companies and organizations with at least 25 full-time employees. Firms with more than 250

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The new rules don't mean that companies must pay everyone doing the same job the exact same salary.

Employers still have the option of rewarding their workers based on experience, performance and other aspects. However, the companies must show that the differences in wages are not due to gender.

Iceland has been at the forefront of fighting gender inequality for years. For the past nine years, it has placed top in the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report, which measures differences between men and women in health, economics, politics and education.

But despite the country's global leadership, Icelandic women were still paid 78.5% of men's total employment income in 2014, according to the country's welfare ministry.

The government has committed to closing the gender pay gap by 2022.

Iceland is out to end its gender pay gap. Can the U.S. follow? .
<p>More than half a century after the Equal Pay Act became law, a woman in the United States earns on average just 79 cents for every dollar a man makes — a stubborn gap that is expected to persist until 2059.</p>But one country is determined to end such income disparity, whatever it takes.

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