Employees who are absent from work in order to fulfill the obligations of mourning in accordance with their religion or custom are entitled to receive full pay for their absence, up to 7 calendar days (meaning, the day count includes normal weekly days of rest).
Who is Eligible?
- Any employee whose first-degree relative (parent, child, spouse, or sibling) passes away, fulfilling an obligation to mourn (in accordance with religion or custom, regardless of the employees religion).
- The right is recognized as long as they have worked at least 3 months at their place of employment.
- In certain cases the entitlement is not dependent on seniority (vetek). Additionally, government employees have various entitlements regarding different degrees of relationship (see details below in the extensions section.
- An employee for only part of the week, and a portion of the mourning period falls on those days for which the employee would work, is entitled to wages for these days from the employer.
- An employee works in an office on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays.
- Upon the death of the employee's father he mourned from Tuesday through the following Monday.
- The employee was absent from 3 work days for that employer (Thursday, Sunday and Monday).
- The employee is entitled to wages for 3 days corresponding to their absence.
- A domestic worker (housekeeper) works once every two weeks on Wednesday.
- In the week that the employee was expected to work she was in mourning for her sister from Sunday through Saturday.
- The employee is entitled to the wages she would have received if she had been present for work on Wednesday.
- If the mourning period fell on a week when the employee was not expected to work for that employer, the she is not entitled to wages.
How to Claim It?
- The right should be granted automatically by the employer.
- The entitlement is given for the number of days accepted in the mourners community, up to 7 days. If a specific community practices only 3 days of mourning, the employee will be entitled to absence from work, and wages, for only these 3 days.
- Compensation is only given to those in mourning for a first degree relative. If a particular community has mourning customs for relatives of a greater distance, the employer is not obligated to pay wages for absence of the employee in these cases.
- Despite this - in certain occupations, and in public service, the employees are entitled to 7 days of mourning with pay even if their community's customs apply a shorter period. Also, they are entitled to pay in cases of mourning for more distant relatives, if that is their custom. For more information, see the extensions section below.
|Contractors (agency workers)||
||Absence from work due to days of mourning for the death of a first-degree relative of a contract worker|
|Cleaning workers||Cleaning workers are entitled to wages for their absence during mourning without conditions of seniority (vetek) in the place of employment.|
|| [http://www.csc.gov.il/Takshir/Pages/chap.aspx?chap=454 Chapter 33.5 of the Civil Service Law - mourning leave
Laws and Regulations
- Extension Order 7010/95 of the Collective Agreement - Section 7
- Cleaning Industry Extension Order - Section 21.
- MAnpower agency extension order 2004 - section 8.5.3.
- A Brief Workers' Rights Guide from the Yedid - The Association for Community Empowerment website
- Original information provided by Yedid - The Association for Community Empowerment.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.