Iceland Makes It Illegal to Pay Women Less Than Men for the Same Work

Iceland Makes It Illegal to Pay Women Less Than Men for the Same Work

It’s never looked more appealing to live in Iceland — and we’re not just talking about the stunning lagoons and glaciers. As of January 1, the country has made it illegal to pay women less than men for the same job.

Can we all give them a standing ovation, please?

This is the first country in the world to pass this legislation (yeah, and it’s 2018 — we’re shaking our heads, too), which was first introduced last March and has just gone into effect in the new year.

All companies with 25 employees or more will now need to prove that they pay their male and female employees equally — or be hit with a fine. And they’ll need to continue to produce this proof every three years.

Of course, for those of us not lucky enough to live in Iceland, here are some tips to get more from your job this year.

1. Ask for a raise. Did you just have a record-breaking year or prove yourself invaluable in your role? Don’t just assume your boss will reward you. Take action! Bring those numbers and that glowing client feedback to her attention in a scheduled sit-down to go over your compensation and future possibilities. These tips can help you ask for what you want — and get it.

2. Negotiate a spot bonus. If a raise isn’t in the cards but you’ve performed above and beyond, ask if a spot bonus is possible. Since this is a one-time pay bump, it may be easier for your boss to work it into the budget, while still recognizing you for your hard work.

3. Ask for flexibility. If monetary compensation is totally off the table, make the case for a more flexible schedule. Working from home, even if it’s just one day a week, can translate to significant savings over time. And while you’re talking schedules, see if additional paid time off is an option in lieu of a raise.

And if you’re still dreaming of Iceland, take some tips from this woman’s budget-friendly getaway and plan your own visit.

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