Palestinian workers build settlement home in Kedumim 311 (R).
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The Knesset approved late Wednesday night a law that will impose sanctions on
employers who fail to give new hires written documents spelling out work
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Employers will be ordered to pay NIS 15,000 in compensation
to new workers, if they fail to inform them in writing of work conditions within
a month of hiring them. The measure was proposed by MKs Shelly Yacimovich
(Labor), Haim Katz (Likud) and Marina Solodkin (Kadima).
cases where an employee sues an employer over his position, rank, salary or
social benefits, the burden of proof regarding the disputed payment will fall on
Although there is already a law that states employers must
inform new hires of work conditions, it is widely ignored.
the Law of Employee Notification was enacted, according to the Ministry of Trade
and Labor, the rate of violation of the law is 92 percent among employers,”
Yacimovich, Katz and Solodkin said in a statement on Thursday.
workers do sue their employers in disputes over employment terms, it is
currently up to the workers to prove that they were not notified of conditions,
not the employers.
Consequently, even though most employers violate the
law and do not inform new hires of employment terms, workers are left without
any civil recourse.
“Hundreds of thousands if not millions of Israeli
workers do not have the right to receive written notification of the terms of
their employment, and their employment is vague and uncertain,” Yacimovich
said. “The new law will give them wider protection.”
burden of proof onto the employer will mean it is an employer’s responsibility
to give employees written notification of the terms of employment, as required
by law, the MKs added.
According to Yacimovich, Katz and Solodkin, the
new law is essential for good labor relations because it will ensure that
employment conditions are clear to both employee and employer.
was formulated in partnership with NGOs Kav LaOved (Worker’s Hotline) and the
Forum for Workers’ Rights.