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A man who entered Israel with drugs in his possession sought to expose the Israel Police’s use of AI tools that resulted in his inclusion in a list of suspected drug couriers. The court’s criticism of the police’s tactics clarifies that even if the AI system leads to correct identification or to accurate decisions, its mechanisms must be transparent, explainable and auditable.
After lengthy discussions, the Knesset approved a wartime compensation outline for businesses. The outline offers compensation of up to a maximum of ILS 1.2 million to businesses with annual turnovers ranging between ILS 12,000 and ILS 400 million.
The legislative process has ended and prescribes a series of reliefs and expansions in order to provide a solution for a relatively wide spectrum of employees sent home on unpaid leave as a result of the war. The law applies, inter alia, to pregnant women and women on maternity leave, employees with disabilities and employees over the age of 67.
The Israeli Minister of Labor signed a general permit to employ teenagers during evening hours due to the state of emergency in the economy. This permit expands the work hours during which teenagers between the ages of 16 and 18 may be employed.
The United States is looking to institute rules for the safe development and use of artificial intelligence, to regulate government use of AI, and to establish its leadership in the AI field.
The compensation for businesses will be based on their fixed expenses, which they must bear despite the decrease in revenue and business activity, and to help businesses survive the period.
The experience acquired in Israel during the COVID-19 pandemic provided the groundwork for the creation of a more favorable plan to support employees on unpaid leave, in order to assist businesses experiencing severe financial losses.
The state of emergency in the Israeli economy and the massive call-up of reservists are expected to adversely impact the Israeli high-tech industry. The Israel Innovation Authority is establishing an express grant track and is offering a series of reliefs to existing startups to help them sustain business continuity.
Since a combat situation in Israel is not deemed force majeure, the legislature and the regulatory authorities recommend that parties to contracts hold dialogues on the contract terms in good faith, to the extent the state of emergency does not enable all contract clauses to be performed. Concurrently, the Knesset enacted the Postponement of Deadlines Law, which allows those entitled to postpone performance of contracts under particular circumstances.
Israeli men and women called up for reserve duty, whether salaried employees or self-employed, are entitled to reserve duty pay from the National Insurance Institute for the days they serve on reserve duty.
According to the new guidelines, until the declared state of emergency in Israel is over, NPOs (amutot and public benefit companies) may conduct activities intended to provide immediate and vital assistance during the war, even if these activities do not fall under their approved objectives.
In light of the security situation in Israel, the Director General of the Israel Competition Authority issued several special guidelines last week to facilitate business activities during the state of emergency.
Categories: Antitrust and Competition
The state of emergency the State of Israel has declared in recent days requires us all to contend with a unique and complex situation. As part of this struggle, many companies and organizations have instructed their employees to shift to working from home, thus requiring such employers to clarify their privacy and business data protection procedures.