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Does the requirement of equal pay for work of equal value apply only to wages, or must benefits and non-monetary remuneration also be equal?

The requirement of equal pay for work of equal value applies to both remuneration and other benefits arising from the employment relationship (clause 6 (2) 3) of the Gender Equality Act).
Remuneration means any amounts paid by the employer to an employee, including all the elements of remuneration paid on the basis of law or the employment contract, such as time rates, piece rates, pay scales, performance pay, additional remuneration and bonuses.

Employment-related benefits mean all kinds of bonuses and allowances to which the employee is entitled as a result of his or her specific employment relationship, including non-monetary ones, such as a company car, free parking, partial reimbursement of phone bills, free participation in events organised by the employer, etc.

Employers must pay men and women equal pay for the same work, both as the total remuneration and separately for each component of the wages, as well as in the case of all bonuses and allowances, including non-monetary ones, arising from the employment relationship.
Clause 6 (2) 3) of the Gender Equality Act

This explanation does not constitute legal aid in a specific case. Therefore, if you feel that you have been treated unequally, but you did not find a solution to your problem in this article, or if you have a question, please contact the Equality Commissioner by e-mail at avaldus@volinik.ee or telephone +372 626 9059. The anonymity of the person is guaranteed when contacting the Commissioner.