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Iceland Becomes First Country To Make Equal Pay Mandatory

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Iceland Becomes First Country To Make Equal Pay Mandatory

Iceland became the first country in the world to make equal pay mandatory on Monday.

The new law requires companies employing at least 25 people to obtain government certification of their equal pay policies.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) praised Iceland’s new equal pay law in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

“We must follow the example of our brothers and sisters in Iceland and demand equal pay for equal work now, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality,” Sanders wrote.

“As we fight back Republican efforts to revert women’s rights to second-class, it is important to not lose sight that our real goal is to move forward and expand women’s rights,” he continued.

The Hill added:

Iceland has topped the World Economic Forum’s list of the most gender-neutral economies for the past nine years.

The former Democratic presidential candidate has long touted the Nordic economic model used in Scandinavian countries, which involves generous government services and higher taxes, on and off of the campaign trail.

Speculation has swirled around Sanders in recent months about a potential 2020 presidential run.


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