Employees (men and women) undergoing fertility treatment are entitled to be absent from work at the expense of their sick days if they have a written letter from the attending physician indicating that the treatment requires it, and if they have informed their employer about the absence in advance.
- Absence due to fertility treatments is at the expense of the employee's accrued sick days.
- An employee is entitled to Sick Pay from the second day of absence according to the law, however a collective agreement or personal employment contract may establish more benficial provisions than those established by law. For more information, see Sick Pay.
- The maximum number of days a female employee may be absent from work due to fertility treatment is as follows:
- Employees working 5 days per week - Up to 4 series' of treatment per year with each series lasting up to 16 days, totaling up to 64 days per year at the expense of accrued sick days they are permitted to use.
- Employees working 6 days per week - Up to 4 series' of treatment per year with each series lasting up to 20 days, totaling up to "'80 days per year at the expense of accrued sick days they may use.
- Male employees may be absent from work for 12 days per year, to undergo fertility treatments; at the expense of accrued sick days.
Who is Eligible?
How to Claim It?
- Employees must inform their employer in advance and present relevant medical documentation from the attending physician.
- The absence will be deducted from the accumulated Sick Days of the employee.
- If the employees are absent from work for fertility treatments after they have exhausted all of their accumulated sick days, there are several options:
- The employers are permitted (though not obligated) to pay interested employees Sick Pay against sick days that will be accumulated in the future.
- The employees are permitted to request that the absence be deducted from the total number of accumulated annual leave.
- The employees may request from the employers to take unpaid leave.
- Employees are not entitled to be absent from work in order to accompany their spouse to fertility treatments, except in a case where the spouse undergoing the fertility treatments is regularly dependent on the help of others. A man/woman may use up to 6 of his/her accrued sick days to for the treatment of his/her spouse. For more information, see: Sick Days Due to an Ill Spouse.
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|Government Agency||Areas of Responsibility||Topics|
|Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor||The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor is responsible for all areas related to employment.||All workers' rights relevant to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor.|
|Employment Service||The Employment Service is a governmental body in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor responsible for the regulation of the labor market in Israel, in areas such as: job placement services, job market research in Israel and working with the National Insurance Institute in identifying eligibility for various benefits.||Finding employment offices, Stabilization of employment , Committee to examine working capability|
|The National Insurance Institute||The institution responsible for the payment of pensions and benefits to which the working public are entitled.||Health-Related Employee Rights, Working women, Termination of employment|
|Equal Employment Opportunity Ombudsman||The ombudsman is responsible for enforcing all regulations related to equality at work and treatment of cases where forbidden discrimination occurred.||Equal employment opportunities, Working women|
|The Commission for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities||The commission operates under the Ministry of Justice to assist people with disabilities.||All rights relating to people with disabilities, particularly with regard to employment.|
|Legal Aid Division - Ministry of Justice||Providing advice and legal assistance at no cost for people with low income.||Workers' rights, Discrimination at work, Sexual harassment at work, Foreign workers' rights|
|The Employment of Women Law Ombudsman||Enforcing The Employment of Women Law.||Equal employment opportunities, Working women|
|Income Tax||Responsible for collecting taxable income from workers.||Workers' wages and components|
|Israel Institute for Occupational Safety and Hygiene||Advises and assists in the promotion of occupational safety and hygiene.||Safe working environment, Working conditions|
Laws and Regulations
- The Employment of Women Law - section 7(c)(4)
- Employment of Women Regulations (Absence Due to Fertility and Fecundity Treatments), 5750-1990
- Sick Pay Law
- A Workers' Rights Guide from the Yedid - The Association for Community Empowerment website
- Original information provided by Adv. Sigal Ronen-Katz.
- Original translation by AACI's Shira Pransky Project.