- 15 Mar 2016
- Rasmus Linding
The Danish Parliament recently passed a bill to amend the Danish Equal Pay Act repealing the changes introduced by the former government with regard to gender-based pay statistics.
In early February, the Danish Parliament passed the Bill to amend the Danish Equal Pay Act. As a result, the provisions on gender-based pay statistics are now (once again) directed at the employers which already fall within the scope of the rules on information and consultation of employees.
In 2007, the Danish Equal Pay Act was amended so as to also include provisions on gender-based pay statistics. The provisions meant that all employers with at least 35 employees were required to prepare gender-based pay statistics for employee groups with at least 10 persons of each gender for the purpose of consultation and information of the employees on pay gaps between men and women.
In 2014, however, the then government amended the Act so as to make a much greater number of (smaller) employers covered by the provisions, as employers with as little as 10 employees were required to prepare gender-based pay statistics from 2016 and onwards.
With the most recent amendment, the provisions on gender-based pay statistics have by and large been restored to their original scope when they were introduced in 2007. This means that now only employers with at least 35 employees are required to prepare gender-based pay statistics if the employer employs at least 10 persons of each gender in comparable work functions. Smaller employers are thus, once again, exempt from the requirement.
The amendment entered into force on 15 February 2016.