Iceland first country to implement a law against gender gap

Highlights:

  • Iceland became the first country in the world to take the fight against the gender pay gap as in implemented a law that makes it illegal to women less than men on 1 January 2018.
  • Under this law the employers in Iceland 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.
  • The law 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.
  • It is worth mentioning that 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 (WEF).