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March 27, 2024

Israel Freezes Convalescence Pay Rate

The purpose of reducing convalescence days and freezing the pay rate in 2024 is to budget benefits for reservists.

March 21, 2024

Swords of Iron War: Flexible Workdays Wartime Relief

A recently signed general permit makes it easier for employees to make up for missed work hours due to constraints deriving from the absence of their spouses or the other parent of their children as a result of the state of emergency in Israel.

March 21, 2024

Fatphobia: Workplace Discrimination Lawsuits in Israel

The Israeli National Labor Court reversed the Regional Labor Court’s ruling and ruled that the demotion of a football referee to a lower league derived from irrelevant considerations of weight and appearance.

March 20, 2024

Israel Raises Minimum Wage

According to the update, which will take effect on April 1, 2024, the minimum wage for a full-time job will be ILS 5,880.02. The increase will also be reflected in the sums of social contributions to provident and severance pay funds, vacation pay, overtime pay, and sick pay.

March 19, 2024

Swords of Iron War: Extension Order on Reservists' Rights

The provisions of the collective bargaining agreement came into effect upon the promulgation of the extension order. These provisions include directives regarding employee dismissals, rights of spouses of reservists, and more.

March 18, 2024

Swords of Iron War: Payment of Wages to Absent Employees

An extension order applies the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement and regulates the payment of wages to employees who were unable to report to work due to the Swords of Iron War.

March 4, 2024

New Workplace Guidelines on Privacy Protection: Dr. Avishay Klein’s Guide for Employers Published on Mako

Israel’s Privacy Protection Authority has published new guidelines on the collection of biometric information in the workplace. In response, Dr. Avishay Klein, the head of our firm’s Privacy, Data Protection and Cyber Department, has compiled a practical guide for employers on the subject The guide was published on Mako.

February 27, 2024

Municipal Elections – Netta Bromberg Interview with TheMarker

Netta Bromberg, the head of our firm’s Employment Department, was interviewed by TheMarker about the rights of employees on Israel’s municipal election day. Netta discussed why the day is considered a statutory holiday and what wages employees are entitled to if they do work.

February 15, 2024

Imputed Value on Usage of Company Car as Income during Swords of Iron War

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.

February 14, 2024

Guide to Working Parents’ Rights – Jacki Silbermann Interviewed by Israel Hayom

As an employment law expert, Jacki Silbermann was interviewed by Israel Hayom about the rights of working parents. With regard to shortened work days, Jacki noted, “There are special arrangements that entitle parents to shorter work days for a certain period of time.  In the absence of a workplace arrangement regarding shorter work days, and if an employee requests such to take care of his children, he must reach an agreement with his employer."

February 14, 2024

Election day for Israeli local authorities and regional councils

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.

February 14, 2024

New Collective Bargaining Agreement in Israel: Welfare of Employees Serving in IDF Reserves

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

February 12, 2024

Payment of Wages to Private-Sector Employees in Israel

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.

January 2, 2024

Reserve Benefits for Serving in a “Kitat Konenut”

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.

December 27, 2023

Surveillance Cameras in Workplaces and Employment Conditions

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.

December 18, 2023

Freedom of Expression in Workplaces during the Israel-Hamas War

An Israeli regional labor court overturned the dismissal of an employee who made statements against IDF soldiers, citing defects in the hearing held for the employee. 

December 12, 2023

Swords of Iron War: Expansion of Employee Layoff Protection

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. 

December 5, 2023

Barnea: Webinar on Employment during the Israel-Hamas War

We hosted a webinar in collaboration with the Israeli Association of Publicly Traded Companies. During the webinar, Lior Girshevitz, from our Employment Department, lectured on the Law for Protection of Workers in Times of Emergency.

November 16, 2023

Swords of Iron: Unemployment Benefits and Unpaid Leave

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.

November 14, 2023

Netta Bromberg Participated in Dun’s 100 Conference for Senior Legal Officials

Yesterday, Dun’s 100 hosted a conference for senior legal officials in the employment field to discuss the repercussions of Operation Swords of Iron on the Israeli labor market. Netta Bromberg, the head of our firm’s Employment Department, noted during the discussion that “on October 7, we woke up to a legal vacuum in the field of labor relations. We need to solve this large legal vacuum with common sense and good will. This should be reflected in how businesses handle employee statements, layoffs and downsizing, unpaid leave, and more.”