I was reading a very interesting article in Los Angeles Times about the new U.S. administration's initiative to close the gender salary gap, the so called Equal Pay Pledge - Click here to see the full LA Times article.
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Currently, women make up nearly half the U.S. labor force, "yet in 2014, a woman working full-time year-round in America earned only 79% of what the typical man earned".
For instance, in Spain we have the "Plan de Igualdad" - Click here to see more information (in Spanish). The web provides practical guidance to design and elaborate these plans that must be in place for companies with more than 250 employees. The law establishes the need to set targets and follow up procedures to ensure progress is being made. In Sweden we have the Handlingsplan för jämställda löner that is compulsory for companies with more than 25 employees every 3 years.
Despite the EU legislation on equal pay in place, there is still a gender pay gap of about 16 % at EU level according to the above mentioned website of the European Commission. So there are good initiatives in place but there is still much work to be done.