Wednesday, March 8, 2017

In world first, Iceland to require firms to prove equal pay

LONDON - Iceland will be the first country in the world to make employers prove they offer equal pay regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality, the Nordic nation's government said Wednesday - International Women's Day.
The government said it will introduce legislation to parliament this month, requiring all employers with more than 25 staff to obtain certification to prove they give equal pay for work of equal value.
While other countries, and the U.S. state of Minnesota, have equal-salary certificate policies, Iceland is thought to be the first to make it mandatory for both private and public firms.
Equality and Social Affairs Minister Thorsteinn Viglundsson said “the time is right to do something radical about this issue.”
“Equal rights are human rights,” he said. “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.”
Iceland has been ranked the best country in the world for gender equality by the World Economic Forum, but Icelandic women still earn, on average, 14 to 18 per cent less than men.
In October thousands of Icelandic women left work at 2:38 p.m. and demonstrated outside parliament to protest the gender pay gap. Women's rights groups calculate that after that time each day, women are working for free.
The new legislation is expected to be approved by Iceland's parliament because it has support from both government and opposition lawmakers. The government hopes to implement it by 2020.
Viglundsson said some people had argued the law imposes unneeded bureaucracy on firms, and is not necessary because the pay gap is closing.
"It is a burden to put on companies to have to comply with a law like this,” he acknowledged. “But we put such burdens on companies all the time when it comes to auditing your annual accounts or turning in your tax report.

Friday, March 3, 2017

From Armstrong Economics

These people who are protesting seem to be rather weak-minded for they are absolutely clueless that they are the pawns of the establishment trying so desperately to stop Trump from reforming their little club. They may claim to hate the special interests, yet the special interests are the very ones who are supporting and funding these protests.

The political elite are hiding in the shadows funding this entire movement. Obama, meanwhile, will reenter politics and get involved in rigging the voting lines so the Democrats can win back Congress.

These people protesting are egged on by the elites in the shadows and they are using this immigration issue to paint Trump as racist because the people protesting are far to naive to comprehend what is going on in the international stage. The real battle is freedom and reforming the powers-that-be, but these protesters cannot see the agenda behind the curtain. They have swallowed the bait, hock-line-and-sinker and are now simply the pawns of the elite hiding in the shadows.