Germany - Legislation on gender pay - March 31, 2017

Women actually receive around 20% lower pay as men. With the transparency legislation that was adopted in parliament, the government has formulated an information right to workers in companies about the wage policy and the applied differences between workers. The law specifies varying obligations for companies depending on the size of the workforce. With the aim to reduce the existing wage gap between men and women, the bill introduces the opportunity for workers to lodge a complaint and demand higher pay. The draft law was not received with high enthusiasm and criticism came from both sides, industry and consultants that were of the opinion that this was not necessary and trade unions that saw it as a paper tiger.

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