Introduction:

A high-risk pregnancy (also known as a "risk pregnancy", "bed rest pregnancy" or "שמירת הריון" in Hebrew) is one in which the mother's activities must be restricted due to a medical risk to her or to the fetus
An employee who is absent from work for at least 30 days due to a high-risk pregnancy is entitled to a Bed Rest Benefit from the National Insurance Institute
An employee who is absent from work due to her pregnancy and is not entitled to a Bed Rest Benefit is entitled to Sick Pay from the employer


A high-risk pregnancy is one in which the mother's activities must be restricted due to a medical risk to her or to the fetus. There are also cases in which the type of work, location of employment, or manner in which work is performed endangers the employee and/or the fetus and the employer does not have any suitable employment alternative to offer (i.e. if the employee is a pilot).

  • The National Insurance Institute pays a Bed Rest Benefit if an employee presents medical documentation indicating that she has a high-risk pregnancy and if she has been absent from work for at least 30 days due to the high-risk pregnancy.
  • An employee who is absent from work due to her pregnancy and is not entitled to a Bed Rest Benefit is entitled to Sick Pay from the employer at the expense of her accrued sick days until they have all been used up.
  • An employee with a high-risk pregnancy who has worked for the same employer or at the same place of employment for at least 6 months and who received pension and provident fund contributions from the employer, must continue to contribute her monthly contributions to the pension and provident funds with the employer. The employer must transfer its contributions and the employees' contributions to the provident fund within 7 days of receiving the employee's contributions. For more information, see: Pension and Provident Fund Contributions While on Bed Rest.


Example
An accountant has been working at the same office for 8 months where both she and the employer were contributing to a provident fund. She now has a high-risk pregnancy. She must continue contributing even throughout the period where she is on bed rest due to the high-risk pregnancy. She must continue contributing the fixed contribution amount she was paying previously to the employer who must then transfer this amount along with the employer's contribution to the fund within 7 days of receiving the employee's contribution.

Who is Eligible?

  • Women with high-risk pregnancies.

How to Claim It?

  • The employee must present medical documentation indicating that her absence from work was due to a medical condition related to the pregnancy or due to concern that the place of employment puts her (due to her pregnancy) or her fetus at risk.
  • Once an employee is absent from work for more than 30 days, she should submit a Bed Rest Benefit claim to the National Insurance Institute along with the relevant medical documentation described above.

Please Note

A pregnant employee who is not classified as high-risk, but whose doctor has confirmed that her type of work, location of employment, or manner in which is work is performed, endangers her or the fetus because she is pregnant, or prevents her from doing her job, is entitled to take unpaid leave For further information see here.

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The benefits of a woman returning from high-risk pregnancy leave will be calculated based on the salary she would have earned without the leave

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