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Víðir Ragnarsson - Head of Consulting at PayAnalytics

PayAnalytics welcomes Víðir Ragnarsson as Head of Consulting.

Head of Consulting is a new role at PayAnalytics and serves our customers in developing their structures towards eliminating pay gaps. Víðir will lead the consulting to our customers on their initiatives towards equality and equal pay.

Víðir has over ten years of experience in HR from Reykjavík Energy Group. He has led the development of the equal pay system and, in his last role, directed the companies’ diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

Víðir will work across PayAnalytics, helping with the development of PayAnalytics, marketing, and business relations.

We welcome Víðir to the PayAnalytics team!


California strengthens its pay equity requirements

California, the first U.S. state to pass a law on pay data reporting, is considering proposed legislation taking the requirements of the original bill even further. Senate Bill 973 on pay equity was passed in September 2020 and requires large employers to provide data on employees by race, ethnicity, and sex in the ten job categories and pay ranges used by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The first data reports were submitted to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) in March 2021.

VÍS — Working towards gender equality
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VÍS — Working towards gender equality

VÍS, the largest insurance company in Iceland, offers comprehensive insurance solutions in the consumer and corporate sectors. They have close to 200 employees, mainly in Reykjavik and in different field offices around the country.

What happens in organizations when pay becomes more transparent?

Pay transparency has been regarded as an essential device to address and close pay gaps resulting from demographics, such as gender and race. New legislation, worldwide, aimed to address the gender pay gap - has in common an emphasis on more transparency in pay and pay decisions.

What Italy's new equal pay legislation means for Italian companies

On December 3, 2021 Italy signed a new equal pay law (Law 162/2021) that seeks to tackle the pay gap between men and women and encourage the participation of women in the labor market. The law introduces some important amendments to the Italian Equal Opportunity Code (Legislative Decree 198/2006), which prohibits all direct and indirect remuneration discrimination for the same job or a job considered as having the same status. The new law, focusing on transparency and rewards, is consistent with the Italian National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), which contains, among other things, a National Strategy for gender equality for the years 2021-2026.

What is the Canada Pay Equity Act?
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What is the Canada Pay Equity Act?

The idea behind the Pay Equity Act is to create a system that ensures equal pay for work of equal value.  An employer should pay the same for all the different jobs that contribute equal value to its operations.

How to use use People Analytics to Build an Equitable Workplace

Harvard Business Review just published this article, which is written by two of PayAnalytics' founders, Professors Margrét Bjarnadóttir and David Anderson, along with Professor David Gaddis Ross. It discusses how automation is changing HR and what we need to be aware of when applying Automation and AI in People Analytics.

Dr. Margret Bjarnadottir on an episode of Global Pulse: The Global Future of Pay Equity

Margrét Bjarnadóttir, Associate Professor of Management Science and Statistics and one of the founders of PayAnalytics, maps three major trends in legislation changes concerning pay equity, discussing the challenges of position and pay comparisons, implementing best practices, and increasing salary transparency. She proposes several forward-thinking options for companies, including integrating pay equity into corporate strategies to prepare for changing legislation.

Can Pay Gap Analysis be the driver of equal opportunities in the workplace?

The unjustified pay gap between men and women is still present, and it seems that it will not go away without some focused efforts. Although countless studies and reports show that the gap is there, many still do not believe it impacts their own organisation. The EU Commission is increasingly communicating that the issue must be addressed. Some countries have begun the journey and have insights to share. Data analysis to determine the gap and structured implementation of measures to close the gap is increasingly used.

Dr Margrét Vilborg Bjarnadóttir will participate in this important event on the 29 June.

California Pay Data Reporting
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California Pay Data Reporting

California Pay Data Reporting (SB 973) requires large employers to report pay and specific other data to the DFEH (Department of Fair Employment and Housing) by March 31, 2021, and annually after that.

Awards premiere of Universal Fair Pay Check

On the 17th of March, companies will be awarded based on the Universal Fair Pay Check. This international certification measures equal pay performance in a coordinated way between companies in different countries.

Consulta la conferencia que realizó Laura Bayés Sánchez sobre cómo PayAnalytics proporciona las medidas necesarias para la nueva legislación española

En la conferencia se analiza la nueva situación laboral que la publicación del Real Decreto 901/2020 y 902/2020 del 13 de octubre dejará en las empresas españolas. Así mismo, se examinan los problemas que derivan de estas normativas y la manera en la que PayAnalytics los aborda y proporciona soluciones rápidas, eficaces y sencillas.

Companies in Spain are now obligated to take action to ensure equal pay for work of equal value

Companies in Spain are now obligated to take action to ensure equal pay for work of equal value. DireACTIVAS, one of our partners in Spain, wrote an article (in Spanish) on the new legislation and the potential impact it will have on equality in Spain. We are happy to assist Spanish companies in fulfilling the requirements of the new legislation - and our solution is of course also in Spanish!

Margrét Bjarnadóttir will participate in a Reykjavik Global Forum 2020 digital session

Come and join us virtually for a conversation about equal pay: the fast changing legislation around the world, the role of analysis and data driven decision support, the equal pay journey and key levers to drive change - all packed into 90 minutes.

Margrét Bjarnadóttir from PayAnalytics will participate in a Reykjavik Global Forum 2020 digital session on Wednesday 11th November 09:30 UTC.

The name of the event is A Fair Diagnosis: It’s time to close the wage gap - FPI Lab and you can register using the registration link below.

PayAnalytics a partner in the Universal Fair Pay Check

The Berlin based Fair Pay Innovation Lab (FPI) is piloting the Universal Fair Pay Check, a standardized international method of ensuring fair pay. FPI has chosen PayAnalytics as its partner for the Universal Fair Pay Check.

How data and analytics are essential to the process of closing pay gaps — a blog post for PRCA

In a recent blog post for PRCA PayAnalytics Co-founder and Chairman Margrét Bjarnadóttir explains in a nutshell how data and analytics are essential to the process of closing pay gaps – and keeping them closed. She explains, among other things, the two types of pay gaps most commonly mentioned in the press and the difference between the two. The blogpost also embeds a video where Margrét amongst others discusses the role of ethics and fairness when closing pay gaps. The discussion was a part of the PRCA Ethics month.

Margret Bjarnadottir wrote for Ms. Magazine: We're Not Waiting 200 Years to Close the Gender Pay Gap

The World Economic Forum estimates that it will take over 200 years to close the gender pay gap. No one should have the patience to wait that long. How can we accelerate change? The answer may lay in data and models with a good dose of transparency.

The journey starts with gathering the data and understanding the pay structure. Then companies move on to identifying areas for improvement and eliminating unexplained demographic pay gaps through corrective action—in other words, ensuring equal pay for equal work.

The New Business Venture Fund Invests in PayAnalytics

The New Business Venture Fund has invested $525,000 in the software company PayAnalytics.

PayAnalytics has developed an equal pay cloud solution, and has grown rapidly in recent years. Its solution is already helping over 50 companies and organizations in Iceland close the gender pay gap, employing a total of 30,000 staff, or about 14% of the Icelandic labor market.

Addressing Demographic Pay Gaps with Data-driven Solutions | guest feature for insideBIGDATA

Dr. Margret Bjarnadottir (@mvilborg2) from @payanalytics recently wrote a guest feature for @insideBigData about addressing demographic #PayGaps with Data-driven Solutions.

Demographic pay gaps, including the gender pay gap, are the result of more complex factors than just a desire to minimize payroll expenses. They stem from unconscious biases and processes that are better suited to one group compared to another. And, as multiple executives have found out, good intentions and “mindfulness” are not enough to eliminate the gaps.

Why Companies' Attempts to Close the Gender Pay Gap Often Fail

PayAnalytics co-founders David Anderson and Margrét V. Bjarnadóttir wrote an article together with Cristian Dezso and David Gaddis Ross for Harvard Business Review about closing the gender pay gap.

Gender pay equity has become a big point of contention at many companies. Not only have politicians and other public figures spoken out against the gender pay gap, but there has also been a rising tide of high profile lawsuits targeting major employers, most notably in the U.S., with all the bad publicity and financial liability they entail.