Are fair wages at risk in Britain?

In discussions on unemployment and fair wages, much of the attention is on university graduates and the impact of reduced opportunities both while in school and once they have graduated. However, let’s turn our focus to the minorities: minimum wage laborers, immigrants, and women.

Fair WagesFor minimum wage laborers and immigrants, the Fair Labor Standards Act is designed to protect their rights and keep them from being taken advantage of. Unfortunately, the fight for fair wages is complicated by the fact that many employers and even more employees are ignorant of their rights under the FLSA.

Fair wages for women are a much long way off. In what ways could the FLSA be improved to give women greater protection and fairer wages? Below are the following three areas where the EU has revolutionized fair wages for women–areas America could stand to grow in!

Fair Wages For Women Under the EU

  1. Equal Pay for Equal Value. While this might sound like equal pay for the same job description, those are not “fair wages.” This amendment gives women the right to equal pay for work of the same value as their male counterpart. Some might say that it’s a Po-TAY-to Po-TAH-to situation, but it isn’t! Over 300,000 women in Britain made equal pay claims in the last decade alone (source: TUC.org). Many of those were under the basis of the equal pay for equal value amendment. Not only does it affect women, but a lot of the women who made claims were in lower-class, unfair minimum wage positions.
  2. Paid holidays for part-time female workers have been absolutely unavailable before. A law passed down from the EU gives part-time women workers equal access to pensions as well…something that American workers would greatly benefit from.
  3. Pregnancy Discrimination. Instead of having to wait 2 years to make a claim of unfair dismissal, a pregnant woman should have “day-1” rights. That would mean that from day 1 of being hired, she could claim unfair dismissal. This law protects many pregnant women in the EU, and gives them the option to secure a job–no matter the advancement of their pregnancy! Parental leave–also instituted by the EU–applies to both father and mother, helping both parents balance work and home life and manage the inevitable emergencies that arise with children.

On this side of ‘the pond’, the fight for fair wages is still being fought; and no one fights harder than TMH Law. While America has progress to make in protecting women’s rights, TMH Law is committed to protecting all of the freedoms you do have, giving you knowledge for today and guidance for tomorrow. Call today for more information on how you can have access to fair wages!

 

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