hospital baby infirmary incubator bed 390.
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Women whose infants were hospitalized for over two weeks have the right to an
extended pregnancy leave, after a bill proposed by MK Orly Levy-Abecassis
(Israel Beiteinu) passed in its final Knesset reading on
According to the new law, pregnancy leave is extended as long as
the baby was hospitalized, so that if the infant remained in the hospital for
six weeks, the mother will receive six weeks’ salary. The maximum extension is
Previously, the maximum extension for pregnancy leave due to
hospitalization was eight weeks, and the leave did not equal the hospitalization
All of the mothers’ rights in her place of employment will be kept
intact, except for those having to do with seniority and allocations of pension
According to Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee chairman
Haim Katz (Likud), the new law will allow parents of prematurely-born infants to
concentrate on their baby and invest more time in taking care of
The law passed with 13 in favor and none opposed.