The law states that equal pay should be given, regardless of the employee's gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality. Furthermore, every company with 25 or more staff members will be required to gain a certificate demonstrating they support pay equality. Though Iceland is not the first country or state to implement such a program, the country and its government is considered the first to make it a mandatory requirement.
"The time is right to do something radical about this issues," Equality and Social Affairs Minister Thorstein Viglundsson said. "Equal rights are human rights. We need to make sure that men and women enjoy equal opportunity in the workplace. It is our responsibility to take every measure to achieve that."
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