Economy Minister Naftali Bennett announced on Wednesday that he would sponsor an
amendment to the Youth Labor Law, following recommendations from the Council for
Working Youth Affairs.
The law currently requires minors to supply work
permits with details of the their age and medical eligibility to employers. The
problem, according to the Economy Ministry, is that this forces youths to
undergo a timely and unnecessary bureaucratic process. The new proposal would
cancel this requirement, and would instead require employers to keep a photocopy
of a teudat zeut (state-issued ID) of the youth or his/her parents as well as
necessary medical forms.
Furthermore, the current law allows those under
the age of 16 to work until 8 p.m.
and those aged 16-18 until 10 p.m. and
by special permit until 11. The problem, according the recommendations, is that
this limits the range of jobs available to youth. The amendment would allow
employers to employ youngsters until midnight during school holidays, provided
the employer provide transportation home.
“I prefer working youth who
earn a living to youth who wander aimlessly around the streets. Times have
changed – young people no longer go to sleep at 8 and not at 10, and it is time
we adapt ourselves to reality and get the best out of it for the Israeli economy
and society,” said Bennett.
“We see great importance in maintaining and
upholding the legal provisions regarding the employment of youth, along with the
removal of bureaucratic barriers, which is important to better integrate youth
into the workforce, while ensuring their safety. We continue to improve the
services for the working youth, including by explaining their rights and calling
upon employers to uphold worker’s rights in general, and youth rights in
particular,” said Yaffa Sulimani, director of regulation and enforcement at the
A draft amendment has been circulated in recent weeks and the
final draft will be brought to the cabinet for approval.
is being carried out within the framework of the ministry’s activities in recent
months to locate outdated regulatory requirements that can be abolished without
risk and to eliminate them. The ministry is at the height of the process of
mapping and other moves of this kind are expected,” Bennett said.
Economy Ministry said the Council for Working Youth Affairs, which it appointed
in 2011, presented a series of recommendations several months ago that would
enable youth to better integrate into the workforce.
The council is
composed of representatives of government, workers’ organizations, employers and
public and social organizations.
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