Sick Days For Fertility Treatment (Right)

From All Rights (Kol-Zchut) (www.kolzchut.org.il)

Introduction:

A man or woman undergoing fertility treatments are entitled to be absent from work at the expense of their sick days
Employers may not fire or change the salary of an employee undergoing fertility treatments during the period of his/her absence or for 150 days afterwards without a special permit ; see:
Sick Pay is given from the second day of absence according to the law, however a collective agreement or personal employment contract may establish more benficial provisions than those established by law.

Employees (men and women) undergoing fertility treatment are entitled to be absent from work at the expense of their sick days if they have a written letter from the attending physician indicating that the treatment requires it, and if they have informed their employer about the absence in advance.

  • Absence due to fertility treatments is at the expense of the employee's accrued sick days.
  • An employee is entitled to Sick Pay from the second day of absence according to the law, however a collective agreement or personal employment contract may establish more benficial provisions than those established by law. For more information, see Sick Pay.
  • The maximum number of days a female employee may be absent from work due to fertility treatment is as follows:
  • Employees working 5 days per week - Up to 4 series' of treatment per year with each series lasting up to 16 days, totaling up to 64 days per year at the expense of accrued sick days they are permitted to use.
  • Employees working 6 days per week - Up to 4 series' of treatment per year with each series lasting up to 20 days, totaling up to "'80 days per year at the expense of accrued sick days they may use.
  • Male employees may be absent from work for 12 days per year, to undergo fertility treatments; at the expense of accrued sick days.

Who is Eligible?

How to Claim It?

  • Employees must inform their employer in advance and present relevant medical documentation from the attending physician.
  • The absence will be deducted from the accumulated Sick Days of the employee.
  • If the employees are absent from work for fertility treatments after they have exhausted all of their accumulated sick days, there are several options:
    • The employers are permitted (though not obligated) to pay interested employees Sick Pay against sick days that will be accumulated in the future.
    • The employees are permitted to request that the absence be deducted from the total number of accumulated annual leave.
    • The employees may request from the employers to take unpaid leave.

Please Note

  • Employees are not entitled to be absent from work in order to accompany their spouse to fertility treatments, except in a case where the spouse undergoing the fertility treatments is regularly dependent on the help of others. A man/woman may use up to 6 of his/her accrued sick days to for the treatment of his/her spouse. For more information, see: Sick Days Due to an Ill Spouse.

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