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The amandment is a law on equal pay certification and was put into effect on January 1 in . According to the amandment companies and institutions employing 25 or more workers, on annual basis, will be required to obtain equal pay certification of their equal pay system and the implementation thereof.
The purpose of this obligatory certification is to enforce the current legislation prohibiting discriminatory practices based on gender and requiring that women and men working for the same employer shall be paid equal wages and enjoy equal terms of employment for the same jobs or jobs of equal value . The first attempt at equal pay legislation in the United States, H. Stanley of Buffalo, N. Title VII of this act makes it unlawful to discriminate based on a person's race, religion, color, or sex.
Since Congress was debating this bill at the same time that the Equal Pay Act was coming into effect, there was concern over how these two laws would interact, which led to the passage of Senator Bennett's Amendment. In Washington , Governor Evans implemented a pay equity study in and another in The District Court ruled that since the state had done a study of sex discrimination in the state, found that there was severe disparities in wages, and had not done anything to ameliorate these disparities, this constituted discrimination under Title VII that was "pervasive and intentional.
However, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturned this decision, stating that Washington had always required their employees' salaries to reflect the free market, and discrimination was one cause of many for wage disparities. The court stated, "the State did not create the market disparity The costs for implementing this equal pay policy was 2. In Minnesota , the state began considering a formal comparable worth policy in the late s when the Minnesota Task Force of the Council on the Economic Status of Women commissioned Hay Associates to conduct a study.
Hay Associates proved that in the 19 years since the Equal Pay Act was passed, wage discrimination persisted and had even increased over from to The study finally recommended that the state take several courses of action: The Minnesota Legislature moved immediately in response. In the state appropriated According to the Star Tribune, in women in Minnesota state government made 97 cents to the dollar, ranking Minnesota as one of the most equal for female state workers in the country. In , President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act , permitting women to sue employers for unfair pay up to days after receiving an unfair paycheck.
On 29 January , he signed an executive order obliging all companies with at least employees to disclose the pay of all workers to the federal government, with breakdowns of pay by race, gender, and ethnicity. The goal is to encourage employers to give equal pay for equal work by increasing transparency.
Massachusetts, California, and New York City have adopted laws which prohibit employers from asking about salary history to determine the salary that will be offered for a new job. This is intended to narrow the gender pay gap by reducing the impact of past discrimination. Under Australia's old centralised wage fixing system, "equal pay for work of equal value" by women was introduced in Anti-discrimination on the basis of sex was legislated in In Canadian usage, the terms pay equity and pay equality are used somewhat differently from in other countries.
The two terms refer to distinctly separate legal concepts. Pay equality , or equal pay for equal work, refers to the requirement that men and women be paid the same if performing the same job in the same organization.
For example, a female electrician must be paid the same as a male electrician in the same organization. Reasonable differences are permitted if due to seniority or merit. Note that federal legislation applies only to those employers in certain federally regulated industries such as banks, broadcasters, and airlines, to name a few. For most employers, the relevant legislation is that of the respective province or territory.
For federally regulated employers, pay equality is guaranteed under the Canadian Human Rights Act. In contrast, pay equity , in the Canadian context, means that male-dominated occupations and female-dominated occupations of comparable value must be paid the same if within the same employer.
One way of distinguishing the concepts is to note that pay equality addresses the rights of women employees as individuals, whereas pay equity addresses the rights of female-dominated occupations as groups. Certain Canadian jurisdictions have pay equity legislation while others do not, hence the necessity of distinguishing between pay equity and pay equality in Canadian usage. For example, in Ontario, pay equality is guaranteed through the Ontario Employment Standards Act  while pay equity is guaranteed through the Ontario Pay Equity Act.
Some provinces for example, Manitoba have legislation that requires pay equity for public sector employers but not for private sector employers; meanwhile, pay equality legislation applies to everyone.
Taiwan legislated the Act of Gender Equality in Employment in It regulates that an employer must give the same salary to the workers who do the same work. The law prescribes that employers shall not discriminate against employees because of their gender or sexual orientation in the case of paying wages.
Employees shall receive equal pay for equal work or equal value. Like Smith, supporters of a living wage argue that the greater good for society is achieved through higher wages and a living wage.
It is argued that government should in turn attempt to align the interests of those pursuing profits with the interests of the labor in order to produce societal advantages for the majority of society.
Smith argued that higher productivity and overall growth led to higher wages that in turn led to greater benefits for society. Based on his writings, one can infer that Smith would support a living wage commensurate with the overall growth of the economy.
This, in turn, would lead to more happiness and joy for people, while helping to keep families and people out of poverty. Political institutions can create a system of liberty for individuals to ensure opportunity for higher wages through higher production and thus stable growth for society. The church recognized that wages should be sufficient to support a family. This position has been widely supported by the church since that time, and has been reaffirmed by the papacy on multiple occasions, such as by Pope Pius XI in Quadragesimo anno and again in , by Pope John XXIII writing in the encyclical Mater et magistra.
More recently, Pope John Paul II wrote, "Hence in every case a just wage is the concrete means of verifying the whole socioeconomic system and, in any case, of checking that it is functioning justly. Universal Declaration of Human Rights , Art. Different ideas on a living wage have been advanced by modern campaigns that have pushed for localities to adopt them.
Supporters of a living wage have argued that a wage is more than just compensation for labor. It is a means of securing a living and it leads to public policies that address both the level of the wage and its decency. John Ryan argues for a living wage from a rights perspective. He considers a living wage to be a right that all laborers are entitled to from the 'common bounty of nature'. As such, the obligation to fulfill the right of a living wage rests on the owners and employers of private resources.
His argument goes beyond that a wage should provide mere subsistence but that it should provide humans with the capabilities to 'develop within reasonable limits all [their] faculties, physical, intellectual, moral and spiritual. Jerold Waltman, in A Case for the Living Wage, argues for a living wage not based on individual rights but from a communal, or ' civic republicanism ', perspective.
He sees the need for citizens to be connected to their community, and thus, sees individual and communal interests as inseparably bound. Two major problems that are antithetical to civic republicanism are poverty and inequality. A living wage is meant to address these by providing the material basis that allows individuals a degree of autonomy and prevents disproportionate income and wealth that would inevitably lead to a societal fissure between the rich and poor.
A living wage further allows for political participation by all classes of people which is required to prevent the political interests of the rich from undermining the needs of the poor. These arguments for a living wage, taken together, can be seen as necessary elements for 'social sustainability and cohesion'.
Donald Stabile argues for a living wage based on moral economic thought and its related themes of sustainability, capability and externality. Broadly speaking, Stabile indicates that sustainability in the economy may require that people have the means for 'decent accommodation, transport, clothing and personal care'.
Stabile's thoughts on capabilities make direct reference to Amartya Sen 's work on capability approach. The enhancement of people's capabilities allows them to better function both in society and as workers. These capabilities are further passed down from parents to children. Finally, Stabile analyzes the lack of a living wage as the imposition of negative externalities on others. These externalities take the form of depleting the stock of workers by 'exploiting and exhausting the workforce'.
Other contemporary accounts have taken up the theme of externalities arising due to a lack of living wage. Muilenburg and Singh see welfare programs, such as housing and school meals, as being a subsidy for employers that allow them to pay low wages. This thought is repeated by Grimshaw who argues that employers offset the social costs of maintaining their workforce through tax credits, housing, benefits and other wage subsidies.
In Australia , the Harvester Judgment ruled that an employer was obliged to pay his employees a wage that guaranteed them a standard of living which was reasonable for "a human being in a civilised community" to live in "frugal comfort estimated by current The judgment was later overturned but remains influential. From the Harvester Judgement arose the Australian industrial concept of the "basic wage". For most skilled workers, in addition to the basic wage they received a margin on top of the basic wage, in proportion to a court or commission's judgement of a group of worker's skill levels.
From , the basic wage was indexed against the C Series Index of household prices. The concept of a basic wage was repeatedly challenged by employer groups through the Basic wage cases and Metal Trades Award cases where the employers argued that the basic wage and margin ought to be replaced by a "total wage".
The basic wage system remained in place in Australia until It was also adopted by some state tribunals and was in use in some states during the s.
In Bangladesh salaries are among the lowest in the world. It has laid down a road map to achieve sustainable wages. Municipal regulation of wage levels began in some towns in the United Kingdom in National minimum wage law began with the Trade Boards Act , and the Wages Councils Act set minimum wage standards in many sectors of the economy. Wages Councils were abolished in and subsequently replaced with a single statutory national minimum wage by the National Minimum Wage Act , which is still in force.
The rates are reviewed each year by the country's Low Pay Commission. From 1 April the minimum wage has been paid as a mandatory National Living Wage for workers over It is being phased in between and and is set at a significantly higher level than previous minimum wage rates. In the United States , the state of Maryland and several municipalities and local governments have enacted ordinances which set a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum that requires all jobs to meet the living wage for that region.
This effort began in when an alliance between a labor union and religious leaders in Baltimore launched a successful campaign requiring city service contractors to pay a living wage. In , there were at least living wage ordinances in cities throughout the United States and more than living wage campaigns underway in cities, counties, states, and college campuses. Although these ordinances are recent, a number of studies have attempted to measure the impact of these policies on wages and employment.
Researchers have had difficulty measuring the impact of these policies because it is difficult to isolate a control group for comparison. A notable study defined the control group as the subset of cities that attempted to pass a living wage law but were unsuccessful. Research shows that minimum wage laws and living wage legislation impact poverty differently: Neumark and Adams, in their paper, "Do living wage ordinances reduce urban poverty?
However, there is no evidence that state minimum wage laws do so. A study carried out in Hamilton, Canada by Zeng and Honig indicated that living wage workers have higher affective commitment and lower turnover intention. The current minimum national minimum wage in the United States, does not support a livable wage for the employees. Due to the fact that they are underpaid, the reliance on federal and state aid is inflated.
It is estimated that if there would be a savings of approximately 18 billion dollars in federal aid if the minimum wage was raised to 12 dollars an hour. Some of the other benefits to the employees would be increased self-esteem and job satisfaction, which would also trickle down to the children of those workers.
These children would see improved social environments and perhaps more success at school due to this support. With the increase in wage, the employee would also have an increased buying power which would help stimulate the economy and create more jobs. As of , there are living wage ordinances in American cities and an additional 75 under discussion. In addition to legislative acts, many corporations have adopted voluntary codes of conduct. The Sullivan Principles in South Africa are an example of a voluntary code of conduct which state that firms should compensate workers to at least cover their basic needs.
In the table below, cross national comparable living wages were estimated for twelve countries and reported in local currencies and purchasing power parity PPP. It engaged in a series of Living Wage campaigns and in the Greater London Authority established the Living Wage Unit to calculate the London Living Wage, although the authority had no power to enforce it. For a quick overview of how minimum wages work, watch our short video to find out who the national minimum wage applies to and how changes are made.
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