In our new “Bits & Briefs” Special Series dedicated to Israeli Labor and Employment Law, we will provide periodic bite-sized updates introducing key provisions of Israeli labor law and their practical implications, particularly from the perspective of businesses looking to operate in, or expand to, Israel. In this update we will cover some of the basic rights granted to employees in Israel regarding workweek and overtime.
Workweek and Overtime
Bit #1: Israeli labor laws establish the right of an employee to receive compensation for overtime and restrict employment of an employee on weekly rest days (i.e., Saturday for Jewish employees). “Overtime” is generally defined as weekly work hours in excess of 42 hours.
Bit #2: For the first two hours of overtime, an employee is entitled to 125% of the employee’s hourly salary and for each additional hour thereafter, the employee is entitled to 150% of his or her hourly salary. In addition, an employee working on a rest day is entitled to compensation amounting to 150% of the employee’s normal salary.
We are happy to assist you in providing legal advice in relation to each of these issues, their ramifications for the workplace and the practical steps that may be taken as a result.
For further information, please contact:
Legal Knowledge Manager Adv. Esther Dediashvili