Proposal for a Directive to strengthen the application of the principle of equal pay for equal work or work of equal value between men and women through pay transparency and enforcement mechanisms

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Series Details COM (2021) 93
Publication Date 04/03/2021
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Summary:

Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 4 March 2021, aimed at ensuring that women and men in the European Union (EU) get equal pay for equal work.

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The requirement to ensure equal pay is set out in Directive 2006/54/EC as complemented by the 2014 Commission Recommendation on pay transparency. Despite this legal framework, the effective implementation and enforcement of this principles in practice is still seen as a challenge in the European Union. Co-legislators have called for further action on this matter, and pay transparency was among the political priorities laid out by the President of the European Commission in 2019. It was further highlighted in the Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025.

This initiative aims at tackling the persisting inadequate enforcement of the fundamental right to equal pay and ensuring that this right is upheld across the EU, by establishing pay transparency standards to empower workers to claim their right to equal pay. The proposed directive pursues these objectives by:

  • establishing pay transparency within organisations;
  • facilitating the application of the key concepts relating to equal pay, including ‘pay’ and ‘work of equal value’;
  • strengthening enforcement mechanisms.

The proposal was put forward by the European Commission on 4 March 2021.

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=COM:2021:93:FIN
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News
Reuters, 03/03/2021: EU to propose that companies report on gender pay gap https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN2AV284
Bloomberg, 04/03/2021: Employers May Be Barred From Asking Candidates’ Pay by EU Rules https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-04/employers-may-be-barred-from-asking-candidates-pay-by-eu-rules
The Independent (UK), 04/03/2021: EU proposes fix for gender pay gap: Show me the money! https://www.independent.co.uk/news/eu-proposes-fix-for-gender-pay-gap-show-me-the-money-gender-pay-gap-eu-ap-staff-employers-b1812384.html
Euronews, 04/03/2021: EU unveils plan to force companies to publish wages to help close gender pay gap https://www.euronews.com/2021/03/04/eu-unveils-plan-to-force-companies-to-publish-wages-to-help-close-gender-pay-gap
EUObserver, 05/03/2021: EU wants large firms to report on gender pay-gap or face fines https://euobserver.com/political/151135

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EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)41: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact Assessment https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2021:41:FIN
EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)42: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2021:42:FIN
European Commission: Press Release, 04/03/2021: Pay Transparency: Commission proposes measures to ensure equal pay for equal work https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_881
European Commission: Questions and Answers – Equal pay: Commission proposes measures on pay transparency to ensure equal pay for equal work (4 March 2021) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_21_961
European Commission: Opening remarks by Vice-President Jourová on the proposal for a directive to strengthen the application of the principle of equal pay for equal work through pay transparency and enforcement mechanisms (4 March 2021) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_21_1032
European Commission: Opening remarks by Commissioner Dalli on the proposal for a directive to strengthen the application of the principle of equal pay for equal work through pay transparency and enforcement mechanisms (4 March 2021) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_21_1033
EPP Group: Newsroom, 04/03/2021: Gender pay transparency paves way for equality https://www.eppgroup.eu/newsroom/news/gender-pay-transparency-paves-way-for-equality

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