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Mr. Thorsteinn Viglundsson

Member of Parliament of Iceland

?orsteinn V?glundsson (born November 22, 1969) is an Icelandic politician who currently serves as Member of Parliament for the Reform Party (Vi?reisn) in the Althing . He served as Iceland’s Minister of Social Affairs and Equality in 2017, and under his leadership, a bill of law (amendments to the Gender Equality Act No. 10/2008) was passed by the Icelandic Parliament (Althingi) with a vast majority on June 1, 2017, and came into force on January 1, 2018.

Companies and institutions employing 25 or more workers, on an annual basis, are required to obtain equal pay certification of their equal pay systems and the implementation thereof. The purpose of this obligatory certification is to enforce the current legislation prohibiting discriminatory practices based on gender and requiring women and men working for the same employer to be paid equal wages and enjoy equal terms of employment for the same jobs or jobs of equal value.

Prior to entering politics, ?orsteinn served as executive director of SA – Business Iceland, a service organization for Icelandic businesses.

Mr. V?glundsson area of expertise includes gender equality, labour market relations, welfare policy and public and private pensions. Mr. V?glundsson held various executive positions as CEO or board member in the private sector prior to joining Business Iceland. Mr. V?glundsson holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Iceland, AMP from IESE, University of Navarra.

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