Britain Aims to Close Gender Pay Gap With Transparency and Shame

Britain Aims to Close Gender Pay Gap With Transparency and Shame Photo EasyJet headquarters at London Luton Airport. Men outearn women by around 52 percent at easyJet, which has pledged to hire more female pilots. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times The gender pay gaps detailed by British companies in recent months surprised almost no one — men are paid more than women, often by a wide margin, at the vast majority of businesses.
But by making companies publicly air their salary information, Britain intends to force a reckoning. Officials in London hope the embarrassing revelations in the reports, which had to be submitted by Wednesday, will shame companies into doing more to close the divide.
The push is one of a growing number of efforts among Western countries to promote the principle of equal pay. Australia recently mandated gender pay gap reporting for most companies. In Germany, a new law will require businesses with more than 500 employees to reveal their pay gaps. Nordic ..

Grenfell Tower Survivors Still Displaced 10 Months After Blaze

Grenfell Tower Survivors Still Displaced 10 Months After Blaze Photo The charred remains of Grenfell Tower in London after a fire tore through the high-rise. Credit Andy Rain/EPA, via Shutterstock LONDON — Nearly 10 months after the fire in London’s Grenfell Tower residential high rise that killed at least 71 people, many of the families left homeless are still living in hotels or other temporary accommodations.
More than 200 households were displaced by the fire on June 14 that ripped through the 24-story tower, whose residents were mostly low- and middle-income. Additionally, nearly 100 families from nearby towers damaged by the fire are also still in emergency accommodations, Dominic Raab, a junior housing minister, told lawmakers last week.
The local council that oversees the upkeep of Grenfell and the recovery process has spent about $280 million to secure new housing for the displaced families. Many of them complain, though, that they are dissatisfied with their options and they ..