October 30, 2018 – Sabbatical Day for Elections in Municipalities/Local Authorities
On October 30, 2018, municipal and regional council elections will take place in Israel.
This is a sabbatical day in Israel in accordance with the Local Authorities Law (Elections), 5725-1965 and the Regional Councils Law (Date of General Elections), 5754-1994.
The sabbatical day permits an employee to be absent from work and to be entitled to payment of his or her regular salary without a deduction of a vacation day from the employee’s quota of vacation days. Excluded from this entitlement are employees who did not work for 14 consecutive days prior to the election day.
Which workers are entitled to the sabbatical day?
Where will the sabbatical day not apply?
The sabbatical day will not apply in places of employment which provide public services such as: health services and hospitals, security forces, transportation services, communication services, and restaurants and cafes, which will operate normally.
What payment is an employee entitled to for working on the sabbatical day?
An employee who works on the sabbatical day will be entitled to his or her salary at a rate of 200%. This entitlement is not derived from a statutory provision but is rather in accordance with the case law of the Labor Courts and in particular with what the customary practice has been during prior elections.
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