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23 September 2020
On 24 August 2020 Parliament passed the Equal Pay Law for Male and Female Workers (Amendment 6) (5780-2020), which aims to prevent discrimination based on sex with respect to salary and other work-related benefits. The law is based on the presumption that female and male workers employed at the same workplace should receive equal pay for the same work or for substantially similar work and provides another tool to remedy the gender pay gap.
Amendment 6's explanatory notes explain that at present the law is not applied often and women are not bringing legal action thereunder claiming inequality between themselves and their male colleagues. One of the main reasons for this is that the law requires female workers to initiate action, usually during the time of their employment, and approach their employer for their colleagues' salary information to file a claim with the labour court. Amendment 6 provides another avenue to assist female workers in exercising their rights to equal pay.
Amendment 6 applies to:
Once a year, employers must complete and publish (including on their website) a report which:
The amendment will take effect on 25 October 2020 and the first report thereunder must be published by 1 June 2022.
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