Introduction:

Employees are entitled to use up to 6 Sick Days per year due to a spouse's illness
For purposes of this right, a spouse is considered ill if s/he is completely dependent on others to perform daily activities
Employees are entitled to use up to 60 days of absence from work per year to care for a spouse with a malignant disease, even if the spouse is not completely dependent on others to perform daily activities


Sick Pay Law (Absence due to illness of a spouse) entitles employees to be credited days of absence per year, on account of their accrued sick days, due to the illness of a spouse.

Ill Spouse

  • Employees are entitled to use up to 6 of their accrued Sick Days per year due to a spouse's illness.

Spouse with a Malignant Disease

  • An employee who has worked at least one year for the same employer or in the same place of work is entitled to up to 60 days of absence per year due to his/her spouse's malignant disease (cancer).
  • The employee may chose to take these days from his/her accrued sick days (and receive Sick Pay according to the criteria) or on account of his/her vacation days (and receive the relevant paid vacation.

Who is Considered to be an Ill Spouse?

  • According to the law for purposes of this right, a spouse who does not have a malignant disease is considered ill if s/he is completely dependent on others to perform daily activities (such as getting dressed, eating, bathing and mobility in the home).
  • Employees are entitled to use up to 60 days of absence from work per year to care for a spouse with a malignant disease even if the spouse is not completely dependent on others to perform daily activities.

Sick Pay

  • According to The Sick Pay Law, the employee does not receive any payment for the first day of absence (or if he is only absent for one day).
  • The employee receives half pay for the second and third days of absence and full pay (the payment amount should be as if he is not absent at all) for the fourth day and onward.
  • An employee who was not paid for sick leave is entitled to sue the employer for compensation.
  • For more information, see Sick Pay.
Tip
If the employee is a government employee, or if there is a collective agreement or personal contract that the employee is entitled to more than the law requires (for example: a higher rate for sick days or full pay from the first day) then the employee is entitled to that which is indicated in that agreement or contract and not what is in the law.

How to claim it?

  • For the purpose of exercising the right, the employer may demand from the employee:
    • A declaration signed by the employee regarding his absence (see Addendum to Regulation 1).
    • A letter from the doctor treating the spouse that they depend entirely on the help of the other to perform daily activities (the regulations to not provide an exact language or form).

Sick days or vacation days for employees whose spouse donated an organ

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