The Ministry of Finance, the Histadrut and the presidents of employers and businesses in Israel reached agreements today (Wednesday) on how to pay for the days of isolation.
The agreements stipulate that the isolation days have been deducted from the employee’s sick days quota. The payment for the days will be, as stipulated by law. The employee will bear the cost of the first two days and the state and employers will share the cost of the remaining days, so that at the end of the day the total cost will be divided between the employee, the state and the employer. In order to complete the process of enacting the agreements, the parties applied to the High Court to extend the existing arrangement.
The outline agreed upon states that an isolation worker will be able to take advantage of sick days at the expense of the isolation period. The payment for sick days will be in accordance with the law: 0% of the sick day on the first day, 50% of the sick day on the second day, 50% of the sick day on the third day and 100% from the fourth day of isolation. The state and employers will share the remaining cost of insulation equally.
It was also agreed that the Histadrut would not declare labor disputes and would not take organizational measures demanding an extension of eligibility. However, the Histadrut will be able to reach beneficial agreements regarding the days of isolation, according to which the employer will be entitled, among other things, to pay the employee 100% of the sick day value, starting from the first day of isolation. The state will not indemnify the employer for the complementary part to the beneficiary arrangement.
At the request of employers, the agreements will not apply to employees who have returned from a private trip abroad. There is an obligation to register regarding the isolation on the Ministry of Health website. The employer will act to assist the employee in submitting the report.
In response to employees who do not have a quota of sick days, it was agreed between the parties that the employees will be paid for the isolation days, according to the following division: 0% of the salary on the first day, 50% of the salary on the second day, 50% of the salary on the third day, and 70% as of today Fourth and beyond. This payment will be fully funded by the state.
In order to complete the procedure for enacting the agreements, the parties applied to the High Court to extend the existing arrangement by 28 days. The indemnity to the employers will also be given retroactively for the month of October.
Minister of Finance Israel Katz: “In these difficult days, we are required more than ever to give full protection and security to each of the workers. I welcome the agreement reached, with important cooperation between the parties, that will directly and uncompromisingly assist the business sector. This is a significant responsibility on the part of the State of Israel for the consequences of the corona crisis. I will continue to act responsibly and professionally for the benefit of strengthening the Israeli economy and the business sector. “
Histadrut chairman Arnon Bar-David: “The size of the hour requires everyone to show responsibility and bear the burden together. Since the outbreak of the crisis, we have proven more than once that only real cooperation between the parties can restore hope and strengthen Israeli society from within. We do not know how long this crisis will accompany us, but we do know that the gaps are worth bridging. We must all continue to do our utmost to keep the economy afloat and move on to a path that will enable its recovery and growth. The agreements reached despite the disagreements, on the issue of paying the days of isolation, produce a proper balance in the world of labor relations. Thank you to all the partners who have shown responsible leadership and a good signature for the entire House of Israel. “
The chairman of the employers ‘president and the president of the Manufacturers’ Association, Dr. Ron Tomer: “I hear the voices demanding that all days of isolation be at the expense of the state or the employee, but out of a sense of national responsibility This is a huge step in the right direction. Up to 5 employees so that the cost of insulation does not fall on the shoulders of employers and employees. “
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