The government is preparing a legal act that gives companies caught discriminating against women over pay three years to close the gap or face fines. The social partners were informed and asked to come back with their advice within one month. The measure is part of a social reform bill due to be presented to the cabinet at the end of April. If passed by parliament, the measure will be rolled out by 2020. Men are still paid on average 9% more than women despite equal pay laws going back 45 years.
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