Friday, March 31, 2017

In Focus: Effort to Close the Gender Pay Gap Goes Global - SHRM

by Lisa Nagele-Piazza, SHRM-SCP, J.D.
Originally published: March 29, 2017

Efforts to close the gender pay gap are launching across the globe, showing that pay equity is a worldwide issue, and remedying pay discrepancies is a priority for many lawmakers.

Iceland Wants Employers to Prove Pay Equity

Legislation has been introduced in Iceland that would make it the first country to require employers to prove that male and female workers are receiving equal pay. Although the country has had pay equity laws for around 50 years, the new legislation would have more teeth. Employers would have to assess every job and identify and correct wage gaps that exceed 5 percent. The government found that women earn 14 to 20 percent less than men and it aims to remedy that within five years.