Version 1.2 November 2023
This article was adapted and translated by Shivat Zion. To see the original by Blue & White Finance, click here.
The information contained in this article is for general educational purposes and should never be viewed as specific investment, tax, or legal advice.
Yes, if you’ve been called up for military duty (Tzav 8/9), your employer must continue paying your salary. For cases involving childcare or unsafe workplaces, the Ministry of Labor recommends payment, but the law isn’t explicit. Compensation details are pending, and agreements might be finalized after the war.
You cannot be fired if following official military, safety, or child care directives. Paid leave can be enforced for up to 7 days without notice. If you choose not to work, and have used up all of your vacation days, you can mutually agree with your employer on a period of “Chalat” – unpaid leave.
If you choose not to work, your employer may have the right to fire you however they must do so according to the regular procedure (providing a hearing etc.)
Unless official orders or workplace safety concerns exist, your employer can require in-office work. Communication and compromise are encouraged to find a resolution.
Unless your contract specifies otherwise, your employer has the right to ask you to work from home.
In general, employers cannot reduce hours or pay due to the current situation. Such actions could lead to legal consequences, as stated by the Labor Ministry.
Yes – you are likely to be entitled to unemployment pay if you are placed on unpaid leave. The expected temporary changes to the unpaid leave system due to the war include:
Unemployment pay is usually equal to around 40-60% of your salary, depending on your age and salary level.
You can read more here (Hebrew).
Essential workers must report to work; failure can be considered a criminal offense. Employers must consider a mother’s childcare needs, though the law is ambiguous in its wording.
Employers can decide on vacation requests, but they must act in good faith considering employee needs. Sick leave is allowed, often requiring a doctor’s note, especially for extended periods.
For Self Employed & Business Owners:
On November 1, 2023 the government approved a major compensation package for businesses throughout the country. The package was subsequently approved by the Knesset.
The package provides the following:
Compensation for businesses with up to 300,00 shekels revenue. Source: Ministry of Finance
Salaries: The compensation formula is as follows: The percentage reduction in revenue, multiplied by salary expenses, multiplied by 75%.
Compensation for businesses with over 300,00 shekels revenue. Source: Ministry of Finance
This package may continue to develop and expand as the war continues.
We will update here as more information becomes available.
Please note: The information above is based on official statements and reliable sources but is subject to change. Verify details independently using the provided links below (in Hebrew):