A well-functioning law is different: The fee transparency act, for well over a year in power, has shown in numerous companies “no significant effects”. In two-thirds of all establishments of 20 employees, no action for a fairer rates of pay for women have been taken. Transparency in the salary structures for bosses is hardly an issue.

This is the result of an as yet unpublished study of the economic and Social research Institute, the Union-affiliated Hans-Böckler-Foundation, which is the MIRROR exclusive. “Apparently, only a small part of the holdings of felt to ensure of the prompt is addressed, in the operation for equal pay”, the authors disillusioned.

The law would have triggered “in most companies, no activities”. In the survey, data were used from nearly 2300 Operated. So the companies were in just twelve percent with operating the business guides councils to become active themselves and have sought greater transparency in the salaries and financial equality of women and men.

main results:

Three-quarters of the large companies with more than 500 employees (74 percent) to ignore so far, the fee transparency act – although you should regularly review your salary structure. midsize business with 200 to 500 employees, the value of 72% is similar. The biggest success of the law in certain industries: In the case of information and communications company and financial and insurance sector 28 per cent of businesses have responded to the law – an above-average number, but still not even a third of the company. Particularly active firms show also, if you have a above average young workforce . For details on the StudieVon whom the survey? The study was conducted by the economic and Social research Institute (WSI) of the Union-affiliated Hans-Böckler-created Foundation. The Institute for empirical Social and economic research (INES) in Berlin. Who was interviewed? The WSI has for more than 20 years, once a year, a survey of shop stewards and Union representatives in private companies, in which at least 20 full-time Employees work. In this context, this Time, was asked after the experience with the pay transparency act. How were the data collected? The researchers have a total of 2288 questionnaire-based Interviews with members of works councils. The Interviews lasted on average 45 minutes, the survey took place between the 30. January 2018, and the 27. April 2018. The results are representative? Yes, for companies with a works Council and 20 or more employees, the results are according to the WSI representative.

The Federal government had approved the fee transparency act, to close the Gender Pay Gap, the pay gap between women and men. The law gives employees the right to obtain information about the salaries of colleagues in similar positions – but only if the company has at least 200 Employees.

Thus, according to the study, only 0.7 percent of the establishments and 32 percent of the employees of the law. Perhaps one of the reasons that the law and the right to information play no role at all in their daily work.

personnel managers have confirmed in a recent survey: The new regulations are wasted in most companies is ineffective. In not once every tenth company employees have requested information about the salary structure – and where they did it, there was these requests are often only a few.

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“A revision of the law is, therefore, advised to,” write the WSI researchers. You require that the Check will be made of the salary structures for all establishments is mandatory. In addition, the right to information for employees in smaller companies must apply – and the companies that do not adhere to the law, had to be threatened with real consequences: “Need more stringent requirements and substantial penalties.”

To worry about companies that ignore the law have, so far, namely: nothing.

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