And a mother whose baby is hospitalized or who needs to be hospitalized again for at least 15 days during her maternity leave is entitled to extend her maternity leave by the number of days equal to the number of days the baby is in the hospital up to a maximum of 20 weeks.
- During the extension period the mother can receive Maternity Pay up to the following maximum amounts:
- 20 extra weeks, if the mother is entitled a Maternity Allowance (Maternity Pay) of 15 weeks.
- 12 extra weeks, if the mother is entitled to a Maternity Pay of 8 weeks.
- In this case it is also possible to split the maternity leave (temporarily stop it during the hospitalization period and renew it upon completion) so that the hospitalization period will not be considered as the period during which the entitlement to maternity leave was used. For further information see Temporarily Discontinuing Maternity Leave Due to Hospitalization of the Mother or Newborn.
Who is Eligible?
- A mother whose baby needs to be hospitalized, or needs to return to the hospital for a least 15 days (even if they aren't consecutive) during her Maternity Leave.
- Men can split the maternity leave with their spouses beginning from the 7th week after birth on condition that the mother was eligible for maternity leave but chose to shorten it and return to work.
How to Claim It?
Notice to the Employer
- The employee (mother) is obligated to give notice, in writing, to her employer at least four days before the day she is scheduled to return to work. If there are circumstances that prevent her from giving notice in this time frame, she should give the notice as soon as she is able to.
- Documentation from the hospital or attending doctor regarding the preemie's hospitalization should be attached.
Request to Extend the Maternity Allowance (Maternity Pay)
- The mother must fill out a claim form for the extension or splitting of maternity leave.
- The form may only be submitted after a Maternity Allowance (Maternity Pay) claim has been submitted.
- Documentation from the hospital including the mother's and baby's details and the duration of hospitalization must be attached to the claim form.
- If both the newborn and the mother are hospitalized during the time she is entitled to maternity pay, and each of their hospitalizations are shorter than 15 days, and don't overlap, then their hospitalization times can be added together to make her eligible to extend her maternity leave (assuming that the two periods add up to 15 days).
- The Lahav Society - Israel Preemie Association
Laws and Regulations
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