It is prohibited to have an employee work at night (working a shift with at least two hours between 22:00 and 06:00) or on the weekly days of rest within the first 4 months after she returns from maternity leave.
- Nonetheless, if the employee consents in writing, the employer may have her work at night and/or on the weekly days of rest.
- In certain professions detailed below, an employer may have an employee work at night or during their weekly rest period immediately after she returns from maternity leave.
Who is Eligible?
- Employees returning from maternity leave, within the first 4 months following their return.
Who is Not Eligible?
- The prohibition on having an employee work at night or during their weekly rest period after maternity leave does not apply to certain types of places of employment that have been established in the regulations, or upon the following services, places, jobs and positions:
- In the government services that the Minister of the Economy specified in the regulations.
- Places where they care for patients or the disabled, convalescent homes and care institutions for the elderly or children, for example, hospitals;
- In the press;
- In restaurants, hotels, cafes and amusement destinations;
- In a job directly related to the care of animals;
- In administrative duties or tasks requiring a special degree of personal trust, provided that it is not a manual labor;
- When the working conditions and circumstances do not allow the employer to supervise the time when the work is done;
- Aviation and maritime services;
- Travel and tourist agencies at airports and seaports or international conferences.
How to Claim It?
- If an employee is denied this right, a complaint may be filed against the employer with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor's Labor Law Enforcement Unit.
- If a collective agreement applies that benefits the employee more that what has been established in the law, she should be dealt with according to the agreement that is most beneficial to her.
- Click here for a comprehensive listing of organizations that provide assistance for issues related to employment and workers' rights, specifically those listed under "ארגוני סיוע לנשים".
Laws and Regulations
- A Brief Workers' Rights Guide from the Yedid - The Association for Community Empowerment website
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.