Employees fired Wednesday by Mishmar Security, Cleaning and Maintenance Services received some good news Thursday when the Fattal hotel chain said it wants to hire 300 of them. "We are able to hire 300 of the fired Mishmar employees for a variety of positions, including security staff, reception clerks, cleaning staff and cooks," said Shimon Levy, deputy manager of human resources at Fattal Hotel Management. "The hotel sector suffers from a significant shortage of workers, and our chain will be happy to offer these workers an opportunity to make their way back into employment." The Fattal hotel chain manages 16 hotels throughout the country, including Eilat and the Dead Sea, with some 3,500 employees. Mishmar, which supplies workers for hospitals throughout the country, stopped all business operations Wednesday and sent its 800 employees home. Mishmar CEO Yossi Liav said clients owed Mishmar more than NIS 1 million and the banks would not extend his credit. Local companies have been preparing for a recession by implementing cost-cutting and efficiency measures, including layoffs. In response to an expected wave of layoffs, Social Affairs and Welfare Minister Isaac Herzog on Thursday unveiled a plan to make receiving unemployment benefits easier. "The conditions for receiving unemployment benefits in Israel are extremely intransigent," he told Army Radio. "I hope we'll be able to present a plan in the next week to bring about more negotiations. It won't be easy for fired employees to find new work, and the government will need to give them an answer." The plan would shorten the period of time a worker has to be employed to receive unemployment benefits if fired. "We see the data," Herzog said. "We must not wait until the situation gets really difficult."