A new law in Iceland that makes it illegal to pay men more than women has come into effect from Monday, 1 January. One of the key reasons the Nordic island has pushed through the law is that nearly half of its parliamentarians are female lawmakers.
As the law is being enforced, both government offices and private business – which employ more than 25 staff – will have to obtain a special government certification on the equal pay policies, failing which, they could be fined.
Although similar provisions are available in places such as Switzerland or the US state of Minnesota, Iceland becomes the first country to make it compulsory.
This is part of Iceland’s earlier announcement that the island intends to eradicate the gender pay gap by 2022. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap report, Iceland already has the most gender equity than any other country in …