Ministers vote to grant Jewish Agency emissaries maternity, unemployment benefits

February 28, 2016 21:41


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Emissaries will be able to receive unemployment or maternity benefits if they do not have a job upon their return to Israel, if a bill authorized by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday becomes law.

The proposal by MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (Bayit Yehudi) would change the situation in which timeabroad as an emissary of the Jewish Agency, World Zionist Organization or other organization recognized by the government as helping the country, does not count as a year of work when it comes to receiving unemployment or maternity benefits from the National Insurance Institute upon their return. The latter is relevant for emissaries who become pregnant in their time abroad and give birth in Israel.

“The government, which sends emissaries to deal with building a connection to Jewish and Israeli identity around the world, should make it easier for them to return to Israel,” Moalem-Refaeli explained. “The bill is meant to stop the absurd situation in which returning emissaries try to restart their lives and have difficulties, because the NII does not recognize their time abroad as time working…even though like every citizens, they were required to pay the NII while they were abroad.”

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