An employer is obligated to provide appropriate housing for his foreign worker during the entire employment period and for up to 7 days after the work ends.
Who is Eligible?
- All foreign workers employed in Israel.
- The obligation to provide appropriate housing does not apply to a foreign worker that is considered an "expert" based on the definitions in the Foreign Workers Regulations (Exemptions for Employers of Expert Workers]
What is considered to be appropriate housing?
- Appropriate housing for a foreign worker includes:
- A sleeping area of at least 4 meters
- A closet, or a separate area in a bigger closet, with a lock
- Electric heating and ventilation
- Eating utensils
- A bathroom and shower, within reasonable distance, with easy and fast access
- A washing machine in the building
- Adequate electrical lighting
- Fire extinguishing means
- There is no legal obligation to provide a Foreign Nursing Care Worker with a separate room but it is recommended in order to ensure the worker privacy.
- If the employer can not provide the worker with a separate room in his home, he must provide reasonable living conditions that will enable the worker to have a living and sleeping space.
- The conditions must be examined by the social worker on behalf of the private office that places the worker. It is also important that the office inform the worker of his living conditions, prior to arrival from abroad, in order to set expectations and prevent distress on both sides.
How to Claim It?
- The employer is obligated to provide appropriate housing immediately once the worker begins working.
- An employer that fails to provide appropriate housing violates a criminal law and is subject to a year in jail or a high fine.
Deduction of Living Expenses
- According to the Foreign Workers Regulations (Amount of Deduction from Salary for Appropriate Housing), the employer may deduct housing expenses and accompanying expenses (electricity, water, property tax) from the foreign worker's salary.
- For information on the maximum amount that can be deducted in certain situations see Deduction of Living Expenses for Foreign Workers.
Submitting a Complaint Regarding Violation of Employee Rights
- Any foreign worker or other person that is interested in submitting a complaint regarding violation of employee rights, can submit a complaint to the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services, Foreign Workers Employment Rights Ombudsman.
- For more information see Filing a Complaint to the Ombudsman for Foreign Worker Rights.
- Welfare Department - Jerusalem Municipality
- Worker's Hotline
- Hotline for Refugees and Migrants
- Physicians for Human Rights - Israel
Assistance in Employing Nursing Care Workers
- Internet hot line for those who employ foreign nursing care workers
- Elder care law services
- Yad Riva - Legal aid for senior citizens
- Reut and Eshel - Guidance services for senior citizens and their families who care for them.
- Kav Lamassik Information and Legal Advice for Foreign Workers.
- Ba-Bayit- Welfare and Aid for the Golden Age
- For a complete lists of organizations offering assistance and support to senior citizens
- For a comprehensive categorized listing of healthcare organizations offering assistance and support to people with disabilities click here.
- The Population and Immigration Authority
- The Foreign Workers' Employment Rights Ombudsman
- The National Insurance Institute
- The Interior Ministry
Laws and Regulations
- The Foreign Workers Law - 1991 - section 1(e)
- The Foreign Workers Regulations (Prohibition Against Illegal Employment and Guarantee of Fair Conditions (Appropriate Housing)) - 2000
- The Rights of Foreign Workers on the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services website
- Foreign Workers - Information for Employers and Workers on the Population and Immigration Authority website
- Information Regarding the Employment of Foreign Workers and Illegal Infiltrators on the Population and Immigration Authority website
- Information on the Illegal Employment of Foreign Workers and Asylum Seekers - on the Population and Immigration Authority website.
- The Rights of Migrant Workers in the Agriculture Field, 2019 Worker's Hotline.
- The Rights of Migrant Workers in the Nursing Field, 2019 Worker's Hotline.
- Original information on this page was written as part of the Welfare Division, City of Jerusalem's Senior Citizens' Rights Accessibility Project, funded by The Mashov Organization.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.