New EU rules for pay transparency

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? Employers must know about the initial wage level or pay scale in the job announcement or before the interview. Employers cannot ask future employees about their pay history.

? Employees have the right to request information about their individual salary level and the average salary level, broken down by gender, for categories of employees doing the same work or work of equal value. This right applies to all employees irrespective of company size.

? Obligation to report annually on the gender pay gap for companies with more than 250 employees. Companies with more than 100 employees should report every three years.

? A joint pay gap assessment must be conducted with employee representatives if the gender pay gap exceeds 5%.

Companies have three years to comply, and non-compliance can result in fines and compensation for employees who have been victims of gender pay discrimination.