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As a rule, employers in Israel that provide company cars for their employees’ use must attribute income to those employees in accordance with the imputed value of the use of the car prescribed in the Income Tax Regulations. Moreover, even if the car was in the employee’s possession for only part of the month, employers must attribute income to the employees for the full imputed value of the use of the car. However, the Israel Tax Authority has issued new special instructions because of the Swords of Iron War.
The collective bargaining agreement signed between the Histadrut-General Federation of Labor in Israel and the Presidium of Israeli Business Organizations will come into effect only after an extension order is issued. The agreement regulates the rights of both employees serving in the reserves and their spouses, including the addition of paid vacation days and anchoring protections against dismissal
Is election day for local authorities and regional councils in Israel considered a statutory holiday, who is entitled to overtime for working on that day, and what happens in the event of repeat elections? Questions and answers ahead of February 27.
The payment of wages to private-sector employees in Israel who were absent from work due to the war will be regulated under a new collective bargaining agreement, subject to the issuance of an extension order governing its provisions. This arrangement will also apply to employees placed on unpaid leave due to the war.
The circumstances of the Swords of Iron War have led to new emergency legislation in Israel encouraging residents to enlist in their towns’ local defense squads. Anyone called up under an Order 8 for active duty in a kitat konenut is entitled to a reserve benefit from Israel’s National Insurance Institute.
The Regional Labor Court in Tel Aviv has recognized an employee’s resignation as tantamount to dismissal under the law due to the employer’s use of surveillance cameras around the employee’s workstation in a manner inconsistent with the Privacy Protection Authority’s guidelines and the court’s position in such matters.
The various restrictions being imposed on the population, including evacuations of many residents from northern and southern regions, the unique situation of the families of abductees, captives, and missing persons, and the massive mobilization of reservists, have led to an amendment to the Protection of Employees in Times of Emergency Law. This amendment expands the protection of employees from layoffs under exceptional circumstances.
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 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.
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.
Employers’ use of technological tools to track their employees’ geolocations has sharply increased in recent years, as remote work has become more prevalent. The Israeli Privacy Protection Authority recently published its recommendations on the collection of geolocation data from employees’ vehicles.
As of September 2023, employees will be able to enroll in managers’ insurance plans only if their salaries exceed twice the average wage in Israel, in order to ensure they receive adequate pensions.
Employers that want to use technological surveillance measures to monitor and track employee performance remotely must be diligent about formulating a clear policy, informing employees, and using these means reasonably and proportionately.
For employers that discover gender wage disparities in their organizations, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission recommends taking action to appoint an implementation team comprised of both senior management representatives and employees, for the purpose of preparing a multi-year work plan to promote equal pay and reduce gender wage disparities.