Working youth no longer need to arrive at the offices of the Employment Services (ES) to receive work permits for employers, the Economy Ministry and ES jointly announced on Wednesday.
The decision was made even though the Youth Labor Law has not yet been amended to incorporate these changes. The two organizations also announced that the current law will not be enforced by the Division of Enforcement of the Economy Ministry, provided that employers hold a photocopy of a teudat zeut (state-issued ID) of the youth or his/her parents as well as necessary medical forms.
The Youth Labor Law requires minors to supply work permits with details of the their age and medical eligibility to employers, forcing youths to undergo a timely and unnecessary bureaucratic process.
Economic Minister Naftali Bennet announced in December 2013 his intention to make amends to the Youth Labor Law following recommendations received from the Council for Working Youth Affairs.
The Economy Ministry said a draft amendment has been circulated in recent weeks and the final draft will be brought to the cabinet for approval.