An incentive pension, as established in The Laron Law, replaces the disability pension for recipients who begin working.
- The pension is paid automatically for those who receive a General Disability Pension for 12 consecutive months, and currently their income from work exceeds the amount specified by the law.
- The total amount of income from work (as an employee or self-employed) and the incentive pension will always be higher than the sum disability benefit.
- The income not from working (such as pension, supplements or property income) will not affect the basic benefit, but rather Supplements.
Who is Eligible?
- Those who receive a Disability Pension and fulfill the following two requirements:
- Recipient of a disability pension for at least 12 consecutive months.
- One has started to working and his income (gross) from work is higher than the amount established by the law as explained below.
- The pension amount is determined according to the severity of the medical impairment and the period of eligibility for a disability pension:
- Those who meet the following descriptions will receive a pension equivalent to 60% of the average wage 5,678 NIS a month from 01.01.2016 (5,556 NIS in 2015, 5,453 NIS in 2014 and 5,297 NIS previously):
- Someone with a severe impairment (medical disability of at least 70% or medical disability of at least 40% due to mental or emotional impairments, according to Section 33 or 91 of the medical tests book)
- Someone with prolonged eligibility (pension eligibility for at least five years (60 months) during the seven years which preceded 01.08.2009)
- In all other cases the pension will be equivalent to 45% of the average wage 4,259 NIS as of 01.01.2016 (4,167 NIS in 2015, 4,090 NIS in 2014).
- A table displaying incentive and disability pension rates according to work income amounts can be found on the National Insurance Institute's English website.
- Receives a disability pension for medical disability of 40% because of mental impairment under section 33.
- Began working, and the gross income from working is 5,800 NIS a month in 2016 (over 60% of the average wage). Due to their income from work is now entitled to pension instead of the incentive disability pension.
- Receives a disability pension for medical disability of 40% because of a physical disability, and received the benefit for less than five years before -01.08.2009.
- Began working, and the gross income from working is 4,500 NIS a month in 2016 (over 45% of the average wage). Due to their income from work is now entitled to pension instead of the incentive disability pension.
Amount of the allowance according to the percentage of disability
- The following articles specify the amounts of the allowance in accordance with the income from work at 4 degrees of disability:
Changes to other benefits
- Dependent supplement - The supplement for a spouse and children (also known as a dependents’ increment) will be gradually reduced for cases when income from work exceeds 8,636 NIS (as of 01.01.2013).
- Additional monthly pension (Kachan) - A year from the date on which the incentive pension was first received, the additional monthly pension will be gradually reduced over the course of four years as follows:
|Period||Percentage of additional monthly pension|
- Related benefits such as municipal property tax (arnona) discount, discount on public transportation and rental assistance (for more information see Disability Pension and Related Benefits):
- Anyone eligible to receive an additional monthly pension, and for three years after the additional monthly pension ends, is also eligible to receive full related benefits. At the end of seven years, the benefits will be given in proportion to the pension amount.
- For those who are not eligible to receive an additional monthly pension, there will be no change to related benefit eligibility for the first three years. At the end of three years, the benefits will be given in proportion to the pension amount.
Stopping work or decreased income
In the first 36 months
- Those who stop working within the first 36 months from when they stopped receiving their disability pension will automatically receive the disability pension again at the same rate as it was before they began working.
- If their income decreases within the first 36 months of receiving the incentive pension such that they are again eligible for a disability pension, they will automatically receive the disability pension in accordance with their income.
After 36 months
- Those who stop working after the first 36 months from when they stopped receiving their disability pension will be required to submit a disability pension claim again and their eligibility will be reexamined.
- If after 36 months, their income decreased such that they are again eligible for a disability pension, they will be required to submit a disability pension claim again and their eligibility will be reexamined.
Contact information for inquiries
- You may call the following number for all information related to The Laron Law and incentive pensions: 04-8812245 (Sunday-Thursday 8:00-17:00).
- Voice-commanded calculator to calculate disability and incentive pensions: 02-6463555.
- The National Insurance Institute
- The Commission for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- The Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor – The Office for the Integration of People with Disabilities into the Workforce