Employees are entitled to use up to 8 accrued sick days per year to care for an ill child younger than 16
Single parents are entitled to be absent from work up to an additional 8 days per year to care for an ill child, up to a total of 16 days per year
A single parent whose child (up to age 18) suffers from a malignant disease, or an illness that requires dialysis is entitled to charge up to 110 days of absence on account of sick days or vacation days on condition that the parent has worked at least one year for the same employer
See Article 1(B) for the Sick Pay Law (Absence due to a Child's Illness - 1993)
According to the Sick Pay Law (Absence Due to a Sick Child):
- Employees are entitled to use up to 8 sick days per year from their accrued personal sick days in order to care for an ill child younger than 16 years of age.
- Employees who are single parents are entitled to be absent from work up to an additional 8 days per year to care for an ill child, up to a total of 16 days per year.
- The right of a parent to count his sick days towards his absences is not related to the number of children he/she has (for example, a parent of 2 children is not entitled to more than the number of days than the parent who has one child).
A Child Sick with a Malignant Disease (Cancer) or an Illness that Requires Dialysis
- Employees who are single parents and who have worked for the same employer for at least a year are entitled to take up to 110 days of absence per year in order to care for a child with a malignant disease (cancer or for a child that requires dialysis treatment. This is at the expense of the employees' accrued sick or vacation days, according to their choice.
- This entitlement is only for children up to age 18
Payment of Sick Pay
- According to the Sick Pay Act, the first day of the period of absence (and in any one day absence), the employee will not receive any payment or salary.
- On the second and third day during this period of absence, the employee is entitled to receive half of his/her daily wage, and from the fourth day onward the employee is to be paid a regular wage, as if he/she has not been absent from work.
- If a parent of a child with disabilities is absent from work in order to care for that child, he/she is eligible for full sick pay starting from the first day of absence.
- An employee who has not received entitled payment for sick leave may claim compensation from the employer.
- For more information, see Sick Pay.
If the employee is a government employee or if the employee has a collective agreement or a personal employment contract that establishes better payment terms than the law (such as a higher payment for sick days or payment from the first day of absence), they will act according to the collective agreement, agreement or contract and not by the law.
Who is Eligible?
- Single parents who are salaried employees.
How to Claim It?
- In order to receive sick pay due to sickness of a child, the employee must provide his/her employer the following documentation:
- Illness Certificate from a doctor attesting to the child's illness.
- Declaration of Absence from Work due to an Ill Child.
Aid Organizations for Single Parents
- See the "ארגוני סיוע" section in the Single Parent Families Portal.
- Click Here for a comprehensive listing of organizations that provide assistance to women.
- Click Here for a comprehensive listing of organizations that provide assistance to people in financial hardship.
Aid Organizations Related to Employment and Labor Relations
- Click here for a comprehensive listing of organizations that provide assistance for issues related to employment and workers' rights.
- Click here for a comprehensive categorized listing of organizations offering assistance for issues related to health and illness.
Government Agencies That Help Single Parent Families
- The Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services
- The National Insurance Institute
- The Ministry of Housing and Construction
- The Ministry of Treasury
Government Agencies Related to Employment and Labor Relations
Laws and Regulations
- Single Parent Families Law
- Sick Pay Law
- Sick Pay Law (Absence Due to a Sick Child)
- Sick Pay Regulations (Absence Due to a Sick Child)
- Original information provided by Yedid - The Association for Community Empowerment.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.