Municipal election day in Israel - employee rights

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Municipal elections in Israel

This year each city will elect its new mayor in Israel's municipal elections. These elections will be held on 30/10/2018. But something new: most workers will be able to take a paid day off.

Who has the right not to come to work?

  • Any person whose workplace is located in an area where elections are to be held.
  • Even if the workplace is not located in a place where elections are to be held, but the employee is on the register of electors where elections are held, the employee will be entitled to this right.

EXCEPTION All transport and public service workers (as indicated on the Ministry of the Interior website) will not be entitled to a day off on election day.

This day off will not be deducted from the number of days of annual leave to which any employee in Israel is entitled.

Any employee who has worked for his or her employer for 14 consecutive days will be paid his or her normal salary as if he or she had worked the number of hours he or she was scheduled to work that day.

Do I get paid extra if I still come to work?

With regard to employees who have the right not to come to work on the day of the municipal elections but who decide to work that day anyway, the law concerning remuneration is not defined and can be interpreted as follows:

  • Either the employee will receive double pay (for that day only), as on the day of the Knesset elections.
  • Either he will receive his normal salary, but will also benefit from a day off or additional hours off, depending on whether he worked the whole day or only a certain number of hours on the day of the municipal elections.

We wish you good elections.



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