Introduction:

It is forbidden to fire an employee who is absent from work because of quarantine required due to suspected coronavirus
It is forbidden for an employer to require an employee who is quarantine to come work and it is also forbidden to allow him to come to the work place even if he is interested in going.
An employee that is in quarantine should notify his employer as such as soon as possible and indicate the period for which he will need to be in quarantine. The days absent are taken from the employee's accrued sick days

It is forbidden to fire an employee who is absent from work because of quarantine required due to suspected coronavirus

  • It is forbidden for an employer to require an employee who is quarantine to come work and it is also forbidden to allow him to come to the work place even if he is interested in going.
  • Days that an employee misses because of a requirement to be in quarantine because of suspicion of coronavirus will be considered as Sick Days and therefore the employee is entitled to Sick Pay during the period he misses work due to quarantine. For additional information see Sick Days for Employees in Quarantine due to Coronavirus.
Attention
The Ministry of Health and Biolong ltd. have launched an app providing information and support regarding the coronavirus. Through the app people in quarantine can report symptoms daily directly to their HMO and can report additional information if they are found to be sick with or carriers of the virus. For additional information see Application for Information and Support Regarding Coronavirus.

Who is Eligible?

  • A salaried employee that is required by Ministry of Health guidelines to quarantine because of suspected coronavirus.
  • Go to the designated Ministry of Health website for the Ministry of Health guidelines regarding who is required to quarantine.
Attention
Salaried employees only have the right to use paid vacation days. As of today, self-employed workers will not be compensated for their income lost due to quarantine.

How to Claim It?

  • The employee must notify his employer and the Ministry of Health of his quarantine.

Notifying the Ministry of Health

  • A person in quarantine must immediately report where he lives or where he will be in quarantine to the Ministry of Health. This can be reported in one of two ways:
  • The employee must notify his employer of his quarantine and send the employer the following documents:
    1. A Certificate of Widespread Illness issued by the Ministry of Health (this is a general certificate for all employees)
    2. A Declaration of Absence which must include the following details:
      • The employee's name
      • The employee's ID number
      • The period for which the employee can't come to work because of the quarantine
      • The last day the employee was in an affected country, or the last day that the employee was exposed to someone with the virus
    3. Proof of the date that he left an affected country, so that he can receive Sick Pay.
Attention
  • Instead of contacting your family doctor for a sick note, the employee should obtain a certificate of widespread illness from the Ministry of Health, sign a declaration of absence and attach proof of the day he left a country that requires quarantine upon return to Israel.
  • The current text of the Certificate of Widespread Illness only refers to China but is applicable as a certificate of illness from the other countries as well.

Notifying the Employer

  • The employee should notify his employer of his quarantine and period of quarantine as soon as possible.

Working from home during quarantine

  • The employer and employee can agree between them that the employee will work from home during his quarantine period (and receive his salary instead of sick pay).
  • According to the law the employer can not prevent an employee (who is not sick) from working from home as long as the employee has appropriate working conditions, it is work that can be done from home and it not an unrealistic demand from him.
  • It is not clear however if an employer can require an employee to work from home during quarantine instead of using sick days.

Please Note

  • Family members of someone in quarantine are not able to use Sick Days to care for their family members because we are not talking about an illness of the other person. This applies specifically to someone whose spouse or children are in quarantine. They are only allowed to use sick days if their parents or spouse are completely dependent on them for everyday activities because of their illness.
  • It is important to follow the Ministry of Health's publicized guidelines, including the rights to sick days and sick pay on the following websites:
Attention
The Ministry of Health and Biolong ltd. have launched an app providing information and support regarding the coronavirus. Through the app people in quarantine can report symptoms daily directly to their HMO and can report additional information if they are found to be sick with or carriers of the virus. For additional information see Application for Information and Support Regarding Coronavirus.


Aid Organizations

Government Agencies

Government Agencies Call Center Expedited Services
The Ministry of Health Kol HaBriut hotline *5400
Municipal Hotline (in most cases) 106
Home Front Command Call Center for Civil (non-medical) Emergencies 104
Employment Services ‎9687* Initial online report to the employment office
The National Insurance Institute **6050 Unemployment pay claim online claim form
The Agency for Small and Mid-size Businesses Maof businesses hotline *8794
SHAYAL (Guidance for Citizens) 118 (Unemployment, unpaid leave, consumerism etc.) Contact through Facebook
The Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services Social Services hotline 118
The Israel Tax Authority
  • Tax authority call center (general) *9848
  • Property tax call center *4954
The Population and Immigration Authority National Information and Service hotline *3450 Online contact form on corona related topics for foreign workers/Palestinians
The Ministry of Education *Hotline for Parents and Students
The Office for Social Equality Senior Citizens center hotline *8840 Online contact for for the senior citizens center
The Authority for the Rights of Holocaust Survivors Holocaust Survivors Services Center hotline *5105


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English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.