Initiative: Prayers Can Be Late To Work

Following the government’s decision to change the appointed time to the winter clock, the Economy Minister disseminates a draft permit to the traditional working public to present oneself late to their work, so that it is possible to pray in accordance with Jewish law

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Economy Minister Naftali Bennett is working to allow public employees who pray before work to be late by a half an hour, due to the postponement of the transition to winter time.  The half-hour delay will be completed by the worker at the end of the work day. 

Bennett instructed his office to spread among unions and employers a draft permit conceding that people scattered from their offices by workers organizations and employers draft a permit stating that the employee should present himself to their work place between 7am and 8am; while sunrise is 6:30.   The worker will be eligible to assume a break to meet his prayer needs at the beginning of the work day and not during.      

In order to not to harm employers, it was written in the draft that workers compensate their employer for the time that they were late to work.   In this method, proposed traditionalists allow employees to work after a half an hour at the end of the work day or on another day in the same month determined by the employee. 

According to the Ministry, the need for the dissemination of teaching was created following the date change in transition to the winter clock.    Moving the date of transition may be an obstacle for employees according to Jewish law since prayers cannot begin before sunrise.  

Bennett: “Balance is seen between the needs of employees and employers”

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett clarified that the distribution of the draft is important for solving the employees need to pray early in the morning at the proscribed time.   “The proposed permit offers a solution to balance the needs of traditional employees and the employers, which is not supposed to be injured as a result of the delay of the time of sunrise at certain times of the year,” Bennett said.

According to the Ministry, the process of consultation regarding the draft with different organizations will be short, due to the proximity of when the shortening days shall occur.  Minister Bennett added, “Born here is a definite need that justifies an exemption in the hours of work and rest and I am happy that the law permits the possibility for flexibility in allowing prayers according to Jewish law especially in these days of self-reflection and prayer.”



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