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The Council of Ministers approved two laws on Tuesday that companies will be obliged to

adapt their salary records and carry out remuneration audits within a period of six months

to comply with the new regulations that aim to reduce the salary gap between men and women.

The new government decrees coincide with the entry into force of the

teleworking law

that will lead companies and workers to agree on the conditions in which remote work is carried out.

The norms regarding equality have been presented by

Yolanda Díaz

, Minister of Labor, and

Irene Montero

, Minister of Equality.

The regulation, which would come into force next April, obliges companies to comply with salary transparency mechanisms by companies and accessible to workers through their representatives.

"It is over for women in companies not to be able to exercise their citizenship rights," explained the head of Labor.

According to Díaz, the salary gap in Spain is around 22% and, in many cases, it is not possible to predict where these inequalities are.

The norm was discussed within the social dialogue with unions and employers.

However, unlike so many other agreements that have been reached in this forum since the beginning of the year,

there was no unanimity as the employers disagreed with the path chosen by the Government and unions

to implement equality in companies.

In the CEOE and Cepyme employers' associations, the idea has been growing for a long time that, although the Government seems to have decided not to dismantle the labor reform with a single initiative, it has chosen to do so by introducing norms in its decrees on different matters that are undermining the current framework.

Díaz, who considers that the jobs performed by women "are the worst valued and paid in the whole of society", has advanced that with the salary records "inequality will emerge" and that this tool will

allow workers to report to the Inspection of practical work that can entail fines of up to 187,000 euros for companies.

The regulations require companies to have a proactive policy for equality through the elaboration together with the representatives of the workers of equality plans in which a diagnosis of the situation is agreed and measures are taken to achieve equality.

The Royal Decree obliges to present it

in those companies with more than 50 workers

regardless of the number of work centers or the form of labor contracting and will be in force for a maximum of four years. They must report the professional classification of the workforce based on your gender, the training offered by the company and justifying the selection of personnel or professional promotion or working conditions, including the salary audit between women and men.

They should also consider remuneration, female under-representation, if any, and plans for the Prevention of sexual harassment and for reasons of sex.

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