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October 14, 2021

Netta Bromberg Attends Dun’s 100 Labor Law Forum

The Dun’s 100 forum for legal experts in the field of labor law convened yesterday to discuss issues on the professional agenda, including sexual harassment, the medical interns’ protest, and the war on high-tech workers. Firm partner Netta Bromberg, the head of our Employment Department, took part in the forum alongside other senior attorneys in the industry.
Categories: Employment

October 10, 2021

Representing Reef Technology in Acquisition of Israeli Startup Bond

We advised Reef Technology, one of the largest operators of mobility, logistics hubs, and neighborhood kitchens in the United States, on its acquisition of the Israeli logistics startup Bond, which was initially founded as Shookit, a direct-to-consumer grocery startup that delivered fresh produce to clients in the city within hours. The deal was led by Advs. Michael Barnea, Ariella Dreyfuss, and Tal Freilich. Netta Bromberg advised on the employment side. Harel Perlmutter and Hanna Daher of the Tax Department advised on the tax side. Anat Even-Chen advised on data privacy and security and other regulatory matters.
Categories: Corporate | Mergers and Acquisitions

October 4, 2021

Everything You Need to Know about Israel’s Green Pass for Employees

Updated regulations for the implementation of the Green Pass in Israeli workplaces will come into effect on October 5, 2021. These regulations are, to date, to remain in effect until October 19, 2021. Following are some of the main guidelines of the regulations:

September 19, 2021

Israeli Privacy Protection Authority Publishes New Statement Concerning Location Data in Workplaces

There has been an uptrend in recent years of employers using a variety of technological tools to supervise their employees and oversee the quality of their work. The use of these tools has become more prevalent due to the shift of many organizations to working from home last year.

August 17, 2021

Can an Employer Require an Employee to Get Vaccinated?

In the attempt to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, many questions have arisen with regard to proper workplace conduct. Can an employer require an employee to get vaccinated? Can it force an employee to take a COVID test? Who bears the cost of the test? How should the quarantine period be calculated? Netta Bromberg, the head of our Employment Department, addresses all these questions in an interview with Maariv.
Categories: Employment

August 9, 2021

Workplace Delta Variant Preparedness: New Guidelines on Quarantine Payments for Employees

Due to the recent increase in incidences of COVID-19, there has been an update to the guidelines on quarantine payments to employees. Here are the main points of the update, for your convenience.

June 30, 2021

Older Workers' Challenges in Reentering the Employment Market

We are on the cusp of a challenging period, with hundreds of thousands of jobseekers trying to reenter the employment market. For many of them, especially older workers (55 and up), this is a frustrating task. Netta Bromberg, the head of our Employment Department, was interviewed by the "Tzeva Hakesef" radio program about the legal aspects of employing workers aged 55 and up.  
Categories: Employment

June 7, 2021

Employers: Coronavirus Restrictions Have Expired

  On June 1, 2021, the regulations that guided the conduct of workplaces during the coronavirus crisis expired. Accordingly, from this day forward, there is no longer a requirement to operate in accordance with the green tag or purple tag directives in the workplace. At this stage, holding gatherings, professional trainings, and group meals at the workplace is permitted, even without observing social distancing.

June 6, 2021

Contractors' Lawsuits for Recognition of Employment Relationship: Changing the Rules of the Game

One of the possible contractual forms between parties is the provision of services as an independent contractor (in colloquial terms, a freelancer). This type of contracting is not particularly favored by labor courts, which seek, as a policy matter, to apply employment relations in cases involving claims of the existence of an employee-employer relationship. Once in a while, labor courts establish new rules on recognizing employment relationships and on retroactive calculation of the rights of independent contractors as employees.

May 23, 2021

How Should an Employer Deal with an Employee's Problematic Posts on Social Media?

In light of heightened security tensions in recent days, a post by an employee on social media that goes beyond the bounds of legitimate opinion may disrupt routine daily conduct in the workplace. An employer must therefore act accordingly to remedy the situation. In an op-ed published in Globes, Netta Bromberg, the head of our Employment Department, explains how an employer should respond.
Categories: Employment

May 20, 2021

Wrote a Racist Post? You Could Be Fired

Netta Bromberg, our Head of Employment Department, was interviewed as part an article in Yedioth Ahronoth’s finance section. She explains which statements are permissible and which are forbidden for employees posting on social media platforms that belong to their workplaces.
Categories: Employment

May 5, 2021

Five-Session Workshop with Unit 669 Alumni

Together with the Black Cat Family, an organization for the alumni of the IDF’s combat search and rescue extraction unit, we launched a five-session workshop to provide basic legal tools for entrepreneurs. As part of the sessions, Daniel Lorber lectured on founders’ agreements, Netta Bromberg lectured on the employee hiring process, and Harel Perlmutter lectured on how to build the right tax structure.

March 22, 2021

Can employers prevent unvaccinated employees from coming to work?

Yesterday, a labor court ruled for the first time that, under particular circumstances, employees who have not been vaccinated or do not present a negative coronavirus test may be denied entry to the workplace.

March 2, 2021

Can an Employee Refuse to Return from Unpaid Leave?

What does it mean for an employee to refuse to return from unpaid leave? Can an employee claim this constitutes a worsening of employment conditions? Is an employer allowed to return only some of its employees? What happens to employees who are unable to return? Check out this guide on returning from unpaid leave by Netta Bromberg, the head of our Employment Department.

February 18, 2021

Israel: Workplace Sexual Harassment – Disclosure of Materials in Internal Investigations

A new court ruling may require employers to disclose materials collected during investigations into incidents of sexual harassment.

February 18, 2021

Employers: Everything You Need to Know about Vaccinations

This past year has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride for employers in Israel, in terms of both their business activities and their role as employers. Now, when we can perhaps see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel in the form of Israel’s vaccination campaign, quite a few questions arise.

January 8, 2021

Prepare Your Workplace for Lockdown Number Three (and a Half)

Israel entered another general lockdown, which began at midnight (January 8, 2021) and will continue until January 21, 2021. We have summarized the main guidelines concerning workplace activity during lockdown. The final and binding version of the regulations regarding workplace activity during lockdown have yet to be published.

December 29, 2020

Epidemiological Investigations and Privacy Protection

Israel’s Privacy Protection Authority published its guidelines and emphases for protecting the privacy of individuals when conducting COVID-19 epidemiological investigations in workplaces.

December 27, 2020

Update on Service Users’ Obligation to Hold Hearings for Service Providers’ Employees

Last July, the National Labor Court issued an important ruling on a service user’s obligation to take part in the termination and hearing process for contract workers employed on site. According to that ruling, the extent of the service user’s participation in the hearing depends on the circumstances. Accordingly, in our previous update, we tried to predict the criteria that would be taken into account, in order to analyze how the National Labor Court’s ruling should be applied in various scenarios.

December 22, 2020

Employees Do Not (Necessarily) Have a Vested Right to a Bonus, Even If They Received One for Years

The COVID-19 crisis has thrown many employers into economic difficulties. In these uncertain times, many employers are asking themselves if they are obligated to pay their employees bonuses. Just before the end of 2020, the Tel Aviv Regional Labor Court issued a new ruling on this very subject. 

December 22, 2020

New Case Law: Can Employees Consent to Worse Employment Conditions through Conduct?

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, many employers have been forced to reduce employees' salaries. Such reductions, when not made through agreements or in an orderly fashion, may be fertile ground for claims regarding material worsening of work conditions, effective termination proceedings, and creating a stress-filled work environment.

November 30, 2020

Payments to Employees Absent from Work Due to Mandatory Quarantine

A statutory amendment to the Economic Assistance Program Law (Novel Coronavirus) (Temporary Order) arranges payment for employees absent from work due to mandatory quarantine. The new arrangement stipulates that an employee entitled to sick pay from the first day of absence is also entitled to quarantine pay from the first day of absence. 

November 23, 2020

Webinar: Proper Management in a Changing Labor Market

Our office will host on December 3, 2020, from 10:30-11:30 am, a webinar entitled "Proper Management in a Changing Labor Market." Topics include innovations in hearing procedures for terminating employees in light of COVID-19 and the impact of digital life on organizations and the nature of work.  
Categories: Employment

October 13, 2020

How to Comply with Local Employment Laws in a World with No Boundaries

As a result of COVID-19, in recent months, many employers have closed their offices and required their employees to work from home, sometimes indefinitely. Employers and employees alike have learned that people no longer need to be present at an office to get work done. This has created another unique situation. Israelis who relocated to countries around the world are now either requesting to return to Israel to be close to their family or being asked by their companies to return home in order to save costs. The question is how can this work for an Israeli employed by an international company with no connection to Israel. What are the legal requirements in such a situation? Netta Bromberg, the head of our Employment Department, has published an article in Calcalist on the subject.  
Categories: Employment

October 2, 2020

Employment: Paid Sick Leave for Time in Quarantine

Yesterday the Court granted the State’s request to extend the period during which employees may use paid sick leave for time in quarantine until October 28, 2020.  As you may remember, the Supreme Court repealed an order from the Ministry of Health, according to which a sweeping medical certificate was given to employees in quarantine due to possible exposure to COVID-19. This repeal was to have entered into effect on September 30, 2020.

September 30, 2020

Israel’s Second Lockdown: A Guide for Employers

The lockdown entered inְto effect on September 25, 2020, at 14:00, and is expected to continue until October 10, 2020. It is possible at the end of this period the lockdown will be extended. We have prepared an in-depth update for employers on the relevant topics.

September 17, 2020

Updates Regarding the Upcoming Lockdown in Israel

A nationwide lockdown in Israel is to take effect on Friday, September 18, 2020, from 2 p.m., to last for at least 14 days, (the restrictions may be extended, in full or in part, as determined by the Israeli government). While the regulations are currently pending final approval by the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, they are expected to be enacted late tonight or early tomorrow.

August 30, 2020

Employers Are Now Required to Publish Wage Gaps between Women and Men

According to a new amendment to the Male and Female Workers (Equal Pay) Law, employers must publish a yearly report outlining wage gaps between female and male employees. The amendment provides that certain employers must draft an internal yearly report detailing the average salary of their employees and the average wage gaps between men and women within each group of employees in the workplace.

August 30, 2020

Not All Sexual Comments or Advances from a Supervisor Constitute Sexual Harassment

An important ruling regarding workplace authority figures and the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace has established that one cannot automatically assume sexual comments or advances by an employee with managerial authority constitute sexual harassment. In this ruling, it appears, the National Labor Court has tempered to some extent widespread notions about sexual harassment by an authority figure.

August 5, 2020

Barnea Representing Original Shareholders the Topaz Family in Sale of Holdings in Keystone Group

About a year and a half after the investment fund Accelmed, which is managed by Uri Geiger, announced the merger of the company it controls, American Keystone Group, with the Israeli Paltop company, controlled by Shmuel Topaz, it is now acquiring the entire holdings in Paltop for NIS 100 million. This ends the conflict between the investor groups of Paltop and Accelmed. Advs. Daniel Lorber, Netta Bromberg, Harel Perlmutter and Dor Marinovsky represented the Topaz family and the Paltop investors.
Categories: Corporate

August 4, 2020

Service Users Must Now Hold Hearing Procedures for Service Providers’ Employees

The National Labor Court recently handed down an important ruling that concerns many employers in the market engaged with service provider companies. The National Labor Court ruled that although there were no employee-employer relations between the employee and its employer in this matter, the service user still had to take part in the employee’s termination and hearing process, in addition to the obligation of the direct employer to hold the hearing.

July 29, 2020

Labor Law - An Important Update for Employers

There have been a few recent updates to statutory provisions and administrative procedures regarding employees and employers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

June 30, 2020

New and Important COVID-19 Guidelines for the Israeli Labor Market

The State of Israel continues to cope with the COVID-19 crisis and its implications for the workforce. In recent days, new and important guidelines were updated for the Israeli workforce’s handling of the coronavirus crisis

June 24, 2020

How Trump's Work Visa Freeze Will Affect Israeli High-Tech

US President Donald Trump suspended on Monday the entry of certain foreign workers until the end of the year. Adv. Netta Bromberg, the head of our employment team, was interviewed by Calcalist about this latest development. She commented: "This decision is a long-term violation of the globalization process as we have known it in recent decades. Israeli startups looking to expand in the US will need to search for local workers and to recalculate what their business models should be.”
Categories: Employment

June 17, 2020

HR Considerations When a Foreign Company Wishes to Work in Japan

Adv. Netta Bromberg, the head of our Employment Department, will be a panelist on a webinar about HR considerations for employing workers in Japan. The webinar will be held by the Israel-Japan Chamber of Commerce together with GoGlobal Ltd. It is geared for Israeli companies considering opening activity in Japan or that have already done so and are considering relocating Israeli employees to the Japanese branch.
Categories: Employment

June 2, 2020

Israel: Preparing Your Workplace for a Return to Normal

More will be told of the COVID-19 crisis and the changes it brought to Israeli labor relations. In the meantime, we have gathered brief guidelines on a return to normal:

May 24, 2020

Unpaid Leave: Rights of Employees Fired after Being Put on Unpaid Leave

A little over two months ago, at the start of the coronavirus crisis, a million Israelis were put on unpaid leave. With companies returning to normal under new restrictions, Maariv interviewed Netta Bromberg for a special guide to understand the rights of employees and the duties of employers.
Categories: Employment

May 20, 2020

Doing Business in Israel – Practical Law

This year, we were once again responsible for preparing the QA guide on doing business in Israel for the Practical Law website. The guide provides an overview of recent key developments that have affected doing business in Israel, including the legal system, foreign investment, employment, tax, competition, privacy, IP, etc.
Categories: Banking & Finance | Capital Markets | Corporate | Employment | Internet | Regulation | Tax

May 4, 2020

Webinar on the Current Issues Facing Israeli Entrepreneurs

Netta Bromberg will participate on an expert panel as part of a webinar held by Fox Rothschild LLP on the challenges faced by Israeli entrepreneurs and businesspersons residing in Israel or living abroad.
Categories: Employment

April 20, 2020

Managing Labor Relations in Accordance with the New Israeli Guidelines 20.04.2020

On April 19, new guidelines were introduced allowing a gradual return to the workplace. Here are the key guidelines. According to the guidelines, it is permitted to employ in a workplace whose opening has not been banned 10 employees or up to 30% of employees, whichever is higher. However, it is possible to increase the number of employees in the workplace in the industries and services fields beyond the 30% cap, subject to each workplace complying with the "purple tag" rules.

April 7, 2020

Pregnant Women May Now Be Put on Unpaid Leave without Labor Ministry Approval

New regulations were signed on April 6, 2020 that allow pregnant women, women and men undergoing infertility treatment, and women returning to work after maternity leave to be put on unpaid leave, under certain conditions, without the need for a permit from the Ministry of Labor.

April 1, 2020

Managing Labor Relations in Accordance with the New Israeli Guidelines 01.04.2020

New guidelines for conduct in the workplace came into effect today in Israel.

March 26, 2020

Employment during an Emergency and Granting Benefits during Unpaid Leave

On March 22, 2020, and again on March 25, 2020, emergency regulations on limiting market activity and limiting the number of employees in the workplace were published.

March 25, 2020

Israel: Employment during an Emergency and Granting Benefits during Unpaid Leave

Several employment restrictions in light of the emergency regulations that were published in Israel and an update on giving retirement insurance and car use benefits during unpaid leave.

March 18, 2020

Israel: Imposing Unpaid Leave on Employees Due to the Spread of Coronavirus - Updated

As a result of the economic downturn and in order to reduce expenses, one of the alternatives is imposing unpaid leave on employees.

March 12, 2020

Israel: Imposing Unpaid Leave on Employees Due to the Spread of Coronavirus

Because of the coronavirus, many employers have been forced to consider minimizing expenses. In Israel several alternatives are being explored: reducing the scope of employment, lowering salaries, utilizing any available leave days, imposing unpaid leave on employees, reducing manpower, and conducting layoffs.

March 9, 2020

The Gender Pay Gap and the Even Bigger Gender Pension Gap: Women's Status in the Labor Market

Adv. Netta Bromberg was interviewed by Mako in honor of International Women's Day to discuss women's status in the labor market.
Categories: Employment

March 3, 2020

Representing MAT Investment Holdings in Merger between Two Manufacturers of Control Valves from Kibbutz Industry

Our firm represented the Spanish multinational industrial group MAT Investment Holdings in the merger of its Israeli subsidiary Dorot Management Control Valves from Kibbutz Dorot with A.R.I. Flow Control Accessories, a company owned indirectly by Kibbutz Kfar Haruv.
Categories: Corporate | Kibbutz Sector | Mergers and Acquisitions

February 10, 2020

The Israeli Ministry of Health's Guidelines on Handling the Coronavirus in Workplaces

The Director-General of the Israeli Ministry of Health published a directive on February 4, which states that an employee, volunteer, or service provider who is required to be quarantined under the home quarantine directive shall not be required to arrive at the workplace and shall not be granted entry even if he or she were to request this.

February 10, 2020

Event Invite: New International Standards for Internal Alert Mechanisms

Join us for a seminar on the new international standards for internal alert mechanisms. The EU whistleblower protection directive that came into force in December 2019 and trends in the US signal a new duty—the obligation to formulate an in-house mechanism that allows employees to report improper or unethical conduct. To date, such mechanisms have largely been the responsibility of large companies subject to heavy regulation, but this reality is about to change. To what extent is your organization ready for such a mechanism? Are there any accepted standards for such mechanisms?
Categories: Corporate

February 3, 2020

Who Owns the Patent? – Employees' Right to Royalties

According to the Supreme Court, an employer may stipulate in the employment agreement an employee's right to royalties for the provision of service, as well as the compensation the employee may be entitled to for an invention.

January 20, 2020

Benefits in Employment Contracts

Many employees think the main thing to negotiate on before signing an employment contract is monthly salary. However, various other benefits can help reduce employees' expenses and save them more money at the end of the month and in retirement.An expert in labor law, Netta Bromberg was recently interviewed by Bizportal on the differences between contracts signed with companies with collective agreements and companies subject to expansion orders.
Categories: Employment

December 12, 2019

Representing Sartorius in the acquisition of a majority stake in Biological Industries.

Our firm represented Sartorius, a leading multinational corporation in the field of life science, research and development  and biopharmaceutical industry, in a transaction to acquire a majority stake in the Israeli cell culture developer Biological Industries. Sartorius acquired the majority of Biological Industries shares by way of secondary purchase of shares from the Development Company of Kibbutz Beit Haemek and private equity fund Fortissimo Capital, in consideration for USD 50 million. In addition, as part of the transaction, Sartorius and the Development Company of Kibbutz Beit Haemek signed an option to purchase/sell additional holdings in the future.
Categories: Corporate | High Tech | Mergers and Acquisitions

November 12, 2019

Special Security Situation - Employment Queries

Schools and workplaces were closed earlier today following an announcement by IDF Central Command. As a result, many employees and business owners found themselves uncertain of their rights and what to do. Netta Bromberg, the head of our Employment Department, was interviewed on the subject. She explained under what conditions an employee can stay home and when an employer can require an employee to arrive anyway.
Categories: Employment

November 11, 2019

Israel's National Labor Court Protects Right to Organize

In September, Israel's National Labor Court dismissed an appeal by the Café Noir restaurant and affirmed the Tel Aviv Regional Labor Court’s judgment, which held that the restaurant must pay NIS 300,000 compensation for infringing on its employees’ right to organize.

October 28, 2019

The Court Rules that A Short Absence from Work without Permission Does not Constitute Resignation

In a recent ruling, the Labor Court found that a short-term unapproved absence from work may constitute a disciplinary violation, and therefore be cause for termination, but cannot be seen as resignation.

October 28, 2019

Sick Leave After A Hearing Procedure

The Tel Aviv Regional Labor Court recently ruled that an employee who took advantage of her sick leave as vacation days immediately after being summoned to a termination hearing warranted being denied severance pay and early notice payments.

September 18, 2019

Can Employees Express Political Opinions on Social Networks?

Adv. Netta Bromberg, the head of our Employment Department, was interviewed by Ynet on the possibility of employees engaging in political issues and expressing their personal positions on social networks. According to Netta, "Publishing personal positions on social networks raises fundamental questions concerning the limits of freedom of expression in a democratic society, the special complexity of workplace relationships, and the line between the personal and the professional."
Categories: Employment

September 8, 2019

Politics at Work

The election for the 22nd Knesset is approaching. What does the law say about workers' rights and obligations ?

August 20, 2019

The High Court of Justice's Policy on Workplace Sexual Harassment in Israel

The National Israeli Labor Court is an independent tribunal and thus only rarely does the High Court of Justice (HCJ) intervene in its decisions. Recently, in an unusual move, the HCJ twice reversed the rulings of the National Labor Court. In both cases as part of its policy to eliminate the phenomenon of workplace sexual harassment.

July 29, 2019

Software Companies No Longer Subject to Expansion Orders in the Field of Industry?

A new ruling may affect due diligence employment findings and reclassify high-tech companies as companies operating in the industrial sector.

July 24, 2019

Labor Court Ruling on Gender Pay Discrimination

Regional Court ruled that a woman who earned less than a man in the same position is entitled to compensation from her employer for discrimination.
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