After years of negotiation, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive new trade agreement, was signed in February this year by 12 nations. If it is ratified — a big “if” — it will bring important economic benefits to member nations, which include the US, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru — but not China. At first glance, it may seem surprising that the world’s second-largest economy isn’t participating. But if you take a deeper look at the pact and its requirements, the reasons become clear. They also shed light on China’s ambitions and the other initiatives it is pursuing to support them, even as the future of the TPP itself becomes increasingly cloudy.
The gender pay gap is a worldwide problem; it exists in every nation. Perhaps the most telling statistic demonstrating this inequality is the gender pay gap: on average, women earn 46% less than men earn. In fact, the annual pay for women only now equals the amount men were earning 10 years ago. Increasing attention to the gender pay gap around the world has inspired governments and advocacy groups to take action. In this climate, it is increasingly important for employers to ensure that they are paying their employees fairly and in compliance with the laws of the countries in which they operate.
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