Iceland Poised to Become First County to Require Employers Prove They Pay Equal Pay

In the United States and every other country on the planet, it is up to the employee claiming he or she isn’t receiving unequal pay to prove that they  are doing the same job as a man or other majority member  for less money. But that could change soon.

The government of Iceland is set to introduce legislation to make employers prove that they offer equal pay irrespective of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality. The law would apply to any private or public sector company employing more than 25 workers.

Those companies would have to obtain certification that they give equal pay for work of equal value.

In the United States, only Minnesota requires that employers get certificates from the government confirming that they comply with equal pay requirements. That law applies to contractors doing business with the state.

However, no other country as gone as far as Iceland would by making the requirement to establish equal pay mandatory for private and public sector companies.

It’s expected that the Iceland parliament will approve the measure, and the government hopes to implement the new law by 2020, with the goal of eradicating the pay gap by 2020.

The government announced its plans on Wednesday, which was International Women’s Day.

Ireland already is the best country for gender equality, with women on average earning 14 to 18 percent less than men, according to the World Economic Forum..


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: