Sick Pay Law (Absence due to illness of a spouse) entitles employees to be credited days of absence per year, on account of their accrued sick days, due to the illness of a spouse.
- Employees are entitled to use up to 6 of their accrued sick days per year due to a spouse's illness.
Spouse with a Malignant Disease
- An employee who has worked at least one year for the same employer or in the same place of work is entitled to up to 60 days of absence per year due to his/her spouse's malignant disease (cancer).
- The employee may chose to take these days from his/her accrued sick days or vacation days.
Who is Considered to be an Ill Spouse?
- According to the law for purposes of this entitlement, a spouse who does not have a malignant disease is considered ill if s/he is completely dependent on others to perform daily activities (such as getting dressed, eating, bathing and mobility in the home).
- Employees are entitled to use up to 60 days of absence from work per year to care for a spouse with a malignant disease even if the spouse is not completely dependent on others to perform daily activities.
- According to The Sick Pay Law, the employee does not receive any payment for the first day of absence (also if the employee is only absent for a total of one day).
- The employee receives half pay for the second and third days of absence and full pay for the fourth day and onward.
- If it is established through either a collective agreement or personal contract that the employee is entitled to full pay from the first day of absence, then the employee is entitled to that which is indicated in such a contract.
- An employee who was not paid for sick leave is entitled to sue the employer for compensation.
- For more information, see Sick Pay.
How to claim it?
- For the purpose of exercising the entitlement, the employer may demand from the employee:
- Confirmation from the doctor treating the spouse that they depend entirely on the help of the other.
- A declaration signed by the employee regarding his absence (see Addendum to Regulation 1).
- Besides this entitlement, there are cases where employees may be eligible for sick days due to a spouse's pregnancy or childbirth.
- For more information on the entitlement of sick workers (or their families), see Health-Related Employee Rights.
- For more information on the rights granted to a person by marriage, see the Marriage Portal.
- For information on the rights of common-law spouses, see Common-law partners.
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|Government Agency||Areas of Responsibility||Topics|
|Ministry of Economy||The Ministry of Economy is responsible for all areas related to employment.||All workers' rights relevant to the Ministry of Economy.|
|Administration of the Regulation and Enforcement of Labor Laws||Regulating the labor market and enforcing labor laws to actualize workers' rights, identifying violations and reducing the harm to salaried employees at low wage levels.||Labor laws that protect workers' rights.|
|Equal Employment Opportunity Ombudsman||The ombudsman is responsible for enforcing all regulations related to equality at work and treatment of cases where forbidden discrimination occurred.||Equal employment opportunities, Working women|
|The Employment of Women Law Ombudsman||Enforcing The Employment of Women Law.||Equal employment opportunities, Working women|
|Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities Ombudsman||The ombudsman operates under the Ministry of Justice to assist people with disabilities.||All rights relating to people with disabilities, particularly with regard to employment.|
|The Center for the Integration of People with Disabilities into the Labor Market||The center operates within the framework of the Ministry of Economy for the full integration of persons with disabilities into the labor market, both as employees and as self-employed.||Employment of People with Disabilities|
|Commissioner of Foreign Workers Rights at work||Protection of employment rights of foreign workers in Israel||Foreign workers' rights|
|Legal Aid Division - Ministry of Justice||Providing advice and legal assistance at no cost for people with low income.||Workers' rights, Discrimination at work, Sexual harassment at work, Foreign workers' rights|
|Employment Service||The Employment Service is a governmental body in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor responsible for the regulation of the labor market in Israel, in areas such as: job placement services, job market research in Israel and working with the National Insurance Institute in identifying eligibility for various benefits.||Finding employment offices, Stabilization of employment , Committee to examine working capability|
|The National Insurance Institute||The institution responsible for the payment of pensions and benefits to which the working public are entitled.||Health-Related Employee Rights, Working women, Termination of employment|
|Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women||Proper representation of women in public bodies, senior positions and positions of influence.||Equal employment opportunities, Working women|
|Income Tax||Responsible for collecting taxable income from workers.||Workers' wages and components|
|Israel Institute for Occupational Safety and Hygiene||Advises and assists in the promotion of occupational safety and hygiene.||Safe working environment, Working conditions|
Laws & Regulations
- Sick Pay Law (Absence due to Spouse's Illness)
- Sick Pay Regulations (Absence due to Spouse's Illness), 1999
- Sick Pay Law
- Original translation performed by The Shira Pransky Project as part of a grant from The Fellowship Fund.