Laws and Regulations

Equality homepage

Various Laws

Act on Public Higher Eduaction Institutions, No. 85/2008 (pdf)

Act on Equal Status and Equal Rights of Women and Men, No. 10/2008 (pdf)

Act on Maternity/Paternity leave and Parental leave, No. 95/2000 (pdf)

Act on Prohibition on Termination of Employment due to Family Responsibilities, No. 27/2000 (pdf)

Act on the Affairs of Disabled People, No. 59/1992 (pdf)

 

UI Regulations and Rules of Procedure

Rules of Procedure on the Response to Gender-related and Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Violence

Regulation on disability services for study at the University of Iceland, no. 481/2010

Special procedures regarding bullying (in Icelandic)

Special procedures regarding resources for people with mental disorders (in Icelandic)

 

Rights and Obligations

The law on the equal position and rights of men and women states, among other things, that  employers and unions must work towards gender equality in the labour market.

Do you know that...

  • Employers must work towards gender equality within their workplace or institution?
  • Employers must try to prevent the genderisation of the workforce (i.e. jobs and position being labelled female or male)?
  • Employers must works towards equalising the number of men and women in management and leadership positions?
  • Businesses and institutions with more than 25 employees must devise equal rights policies?
  • Businesses and institutions with equal rights policies must be prepared to hand their policies over to the Centre for Gender Equality when requested?
  • If businesses and institutions do not devise equal rights policies according to the laws and do not follow instructions from the Centre for Gender Equality, the centre can impose daily fines?
  • Equality laws do not only cover businesses and unions, the chapter on Rights and Obligations also talks about equality in education and the school system?

Did you know that...

  • Gender Mainstreaming should be a part of all planning and policy making at schools and educational institutions?
  • Students should be educated on equality issues at all learning stages?
  • Gender discrimination is not allowed in teaching and educational materials?

Gender-based harassment and sexual harassment is behaviour that no one should have to tollerate at their work place. Gender-based harassment can be any form of unfair and/or insulting behaviour, which is connected to the gender of the person affected, it is unwanted and affects the self respect of the person being harassed and is continued even though it is unwanted. The harassment can be physical, discursive or symbolic. In some cases one incident can be serious enough to be classified as gender-based harassment. Unlike most sexual harassment, gender-based harassment is not generally motivated by sexual interest or intent. Sexual harassment can be any form of unfair and/or insulting sexual behaviour, which is unwanted and affects the self respect of the person being harassed and is continued even though it is unwanted. The harassment can be physical, discursive or symbolic. In some cases one incident can be serious enough to be classified as sexual harassment.

Did you know that...

  • Employers and managers of instituions and NGO's should make special precausions to prevent employees, students and clients experiencing gender-based and sexual harassment in the workplace, institute, social services and schools?
  • If a supervisor is charged for gender-based or sexual harassment he/she is disqualified from making any decisions concerning the employment of the person involved while the case is being resolved, during which time another supervisor shall overtake their role?
  • The head of an institution shall make sure that neither students nor clients are negatively affected for making claims of gender-based or sexual harassment?

Did you know that...

  • The Icelandic criminal law states that if a business or service provider denies a person products or services based on their nationality, skin colour, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation they shall be fined or jailed?
  • The law also states that anyone who mocks, slanders, shames, threatens or in any other way publicly attacks a person or group because of their nationality, skin colour, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation shall be fined or jailed?
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