Iceland Announces New Equal Pay Law On International Women's Day

Iceland announced a new law that will force companies to prove that they pay all their employees the same rate. The announcement was made in line with the celebration of the International Women's Day to promote equal rights.

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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Source: Independent