An employee who is required to be in quarantine because of suspected coronavirus will be treated as someone absent from work because of an illness and is entitled to Sick Pay based on his accrued Sick Days
- The employee receives no payment for the first sick day.
- The employee receives 50% of his salary for the second day.
- The employee receives 50% of his salary for the third day.
- From the fourth day and on the employee will receive his full salary.
- If it is customary in his workplace that employees are paid their full salaries from the first day of absence then the same should be true in this case.
- It is forbidden for an employer to require an employee who is quarantine to come work and it is also forbidden to allow him to come to the work place even if he is interested in going.
- Additionally it is forbidden for an employer to fire an employee because he is in quarantine. For additional information see It is Prohibited to Fire an Employee who is absent from Work because of Quarantine for Suspected Coronavirus.
Who is Eligible?
- A salaried employee who is required by the Ministry of Health regulations to be in quarantine due to suspected coronavirus.
- See the designated website on the Ministry of Health website for the specific guidelines of who is required to be in quarantine.
How to Claim It?
- A person in quarantine must immediately report where he lives or where he will be in quarantine to the Ministry of Health. This can be reported in one of two ways:
- By calling *5400.
- By filled out an online form for those who returned abroad or an online form for those exposed to someone who returned on the Ministry of Health website.
- The employee must notify his employer of his quarantine and send the employer the following documents:
- A Certificate of Widespread Illness issued by the Ministry of Health (this is a general certificate for all employees)
- A Declaration of Absence which must include the following details:
- The employee's name
- The employee's ID number
- The period for which the employee can't come to work because of the quarantine
- The last day the employee was in an affected country, or the last day that the employee was exposed to someone with the virus
- Proof of the date that he left an affected country, so that he can receive Sick Pay.
- Instead of contacting your family doctor for a sick note, the employee should obtain a certificate of widespread illness from the Ministry of Health, sign a declaration of absence and attach proof of the day he left a country that requires quarantine upon return to Israel.
- The current text of the Certificate of Widespread Illness only refers to China but is applicable as a certificate of illness from the other countries as well.
Working from home during quarantine instead of using sick days
- The employer and employee can agree between them that the employee will work from home during his quarantine period (and receive his salary instead of sick pay).
- According to the law the employer can not prevent an employee (who is not sick) from working from home as long as the employee has appropriate working conditions, it is work that can be done from home and it not an unrealistic demand from him.
- It is not clear however if an employer can require an employee to work from home during quarantine instead of using sick days.
- Family members of someone in quarantine are not able to use Sick Days to care for their family members because we are not talking about an illness of the other person. This applies specifically to someone whose spouse or children are in quarantine. They are only allowed to use sick days if their parents or spouse are completely dependent on them for everyday activities because of their illness.
- It is important to follow the Ministry of Health's publicized guidelines, including the rights to sick days and sick pay on the following websites:
|Government Agencies||Call Center||Expedited Services|
|The Ministry of Health||Kol HaBriut hotline *5400|
|Municipal Hotline (in most cases)||106|
|Home Front Command||Call Center for Civil (non-medical) Emergencies 104|
|Employment Services||9687*||Initial online report to the employment office|
|The National Insurance Institute||**6050||Unemployment pay claim online claim form|
|The Agency for Small and Mid-size Businesses||Maof businesses hotline *8794|
|SHAYAL (Guidance for Citizens)||118 (Unemployment, unpaid leave, consumerism etc.)||Contact through Facebook|
|The Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services||Social Services hotline 118|
|The Israel Tax Authority||
|The Population and Immigration Authority||National Information and Service hotline *3450||Online contact form on corona related topics for foreign workers/Palestinians|
|The Ministry of Education||*Hotline for Parents and Students|
|The Office for Social Equality||Senior Citizens center hotline *8840||Online contact for for the senior citizens center|
|The Authority for the Rights of Holocaust Survivors||Holocaust Survivors Services Center hotline *5105|
Laws and Regulations
- National Health Order (The Novel Coronavirus 2019) (Home Quarantine) (Temporary Provision) 2020
- The National Health Ordinances - section 71.
- The Novel Coronavirus on the Ministry of Health's English website.
- Ministry of Health guidelines for those returning from China on the Ministry of Health's website.
- Guidelines for Home Quarantine - Coronavirus on the Ministry of Health's website.
- Coronavirus Information Page on the Ministry of Health's English website.
English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.