Iceland's Solution To The Gender Pay Gap Is Brilliant… And Obvious

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The SNP said it would also call for a legislation change at Westminster so that any employer who loses an equal pay claim takes "appropriate action" on the results.

Iceland's government had, on International Women's Day previous year, pledged to eradicate the gender pay gap by 2022, and it's stuck to its promise to introduce certification that ensures gender equality in the workplace.

The law, which was passed previous year and went into effect on Monday, is believed to be the first of its kind in the world and covers both the private and public sectors.

Iceland has improved its gender pay gap by 10 percent since 2006, when the Global Gender Gap Report, a global study meant to draw attention to this issue, was initiated.

Larger companies will have to implement the standard by 2019.

In terms of enforcing pay parity between the genders, it's no secret that the USA has a long way to go (despite what some Red Pillers would have you think).

Not surprisingly, the equal pay legislation faced little opposition in Iceland's half female parliament.

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Getting here was not a quick process. Congrats to Iceland! Keep up the good work!

Such protests continued throughout the years.

The new law comes after Iceland pledged to close the gender pay gap by 2022.

According to Iceland opinion polls, Icelanders generally support quotas.

Those organizations that fail to prove pay parity will have to pay heavy fines. The center found that women are still burdened by declining wages due to work-life balance, gender discrimination in the workplace and a lack of acceptance in male-dominated circles. In Iceland - as in many countries, including the US - it was already illegal to pay men and women differently on the basis of their gender. The American Association of University Women reported that only eight states have strong equal-pay protection laws, while two states have zero protections.

The law was announced on March 8 past year to mark International Women's Day as part of Iceland's drive to eradicate the gender pay gap by 2022. Iceland's plan is to completely abolish a wage gap by 2020.

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