Israel: New bill allows absence from work if partner is in reserve duty

The Knesset approved a new bill that allows workers to arrive up to an hour later or leave an hour earlier from their work while their partner is performing military reserve duty.
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Yesterday (Tuesday), the Knesset approved the ‘Women’s Employment’ legislature, which grants the right to be absent from work during a spouse’s military reserve duty. The MK behind the bill is Jewish Camp Party MK Eitan Cabel.

According to the new law, employers will be obliged to allow their workers to arrive up to an hour later or leave an hour earlier from their work while their partner is performing military reserve duty. The absence will be granted to partners working in full-time jobs with children younger than the age of 13 under the condition that the partner is in reserve for 5 consecutive days.

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During the discussions, Finance Ministry representatives opposed the bill and sought to change it to 6 consecutive days due to the high budgetary implications. They added that the proposal wasn’t planned in accordance with the ministry.

“This is very big news for many families in Israel,” Cabel stated. “This is a law that not only helps the spouse but also recognizes the importance of the family cell through which the reservist can perform his duties.”



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