Iceland wants to make sure that women are paid
the same wage as men, so there is a new law. All
companies have to prove they don't discriminate
against women. The law, which was passed with a
large majority by parliament in June, took effect on
January 1. It will try to erase the pay gap between
men and women, which is now at about 5.7 percent.
Companies with more than 25 workers need to get an "equal pay certification" from an accredited auditor showing that they are basing pay differences on factors such as education, skills and performance. Big companies with more than 250 employees have until the end of the year to get the certification, while the smallest have until the end of 2021. The certification must be renewed every three years.
Iceland is believed to be the first to make equal pay mandatory for both private and public companies. The North Atlantic island nation, which has a population of about 330,000, wants to totally get rid of the gender pay gap by 2022. The country is first on the World Economic Forum's global gender equality index.
冰島為了確保男女同工同酬，推出了一項新法 ，要求所有企業證明給薪方式並未歧視女性。這 項新法去年6 月在國會獲得壓倒性通過，並在今 年1 月1 日上路生效，試圖消除目前男女間約 5.7% 的薪資差距。
員工數在25人以上的企業必須向認證機構取 得「同工同酬認證」，證明員工之所以不同酬 是根據學歷、技能、工作績效等條件。 250 人 以上的大企業最遲必須在今年底前取得認證， 而最小型的企業可延到 2021 年底前。認證須 每3 年更新一次。
冰島被認為是全球第一個規定民營與公營企 業必須落實同工同酬的國家。這個北大西洋島 國人口約33 萬，希望在2022 年前完全消除男 女同工不同酬的現象。目前冰島在世界經濟論 壇的全球性別平等指數上高居榜首。