Ministers vote to lower working age

Bill to be brought to its first vote in the Knesset plenum on Wednesday.

A waitress (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
A waitress
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation voted Sunday to advance a bill by Kulanu MK Yifat Shasha-Biton that would lower the minimum permitted working age in summer jobs from 14 to 13.
The bill will be brought to its first vote in the Knesset plenum on Wednesday.
Shasha-Biton, who heads the Knesset Committee for the Status of Women, wrote the bill in conjunction with the National Council for the Child.
“As an educator myself, I see the importance of keeping children busy during the day, so they will not be on the streets at night,” Shasha-Biton said. “It keeps them running normal, organized schedules. They will be less bored and spend less time surfing the Internet unsafely. They will learn responsibility and the value of work.”
Shasha-Biton said it was important that children work legally rather than illegally or for their parents, and that they have pocket money.
The committee voted to delay by a month a proposal by Zionist Union MK Revital Swid to enable giving bereaved parent status to gay partners of the biological parents of children.
“Grief does not pass over members of the gay community,” Swid said.