Introduction:

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
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 employee should report his quarantine as well as his address, or place he will be staying during the quarantine to the Ministry of Health by calling *5400 or by filling out the online form
It is Prohibited to Fire an Employee who is absent from Work because of Quarantine for Suspected Coronavirus and it is forbidden to ask or allow him to come to work even if he is interested in going

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.
Attention
In the media there have been reports that an employee in quarantine will receive an extra 14 Sick Days in addition to the days they have already accrued. The significance of this is that the days of quarantine will not come at expense of an employee's accrued sick days. The right to these additional days is supposed to come from an Minister of Health order. This order has not yet been given. Therefore, until otherwise publicized, days will be deducted from the employee's accrued sick days. If the employee does not have enough sick days then the days will be deducted from his salary (meaning he will not receive payment for sick days beyond the number he has accrued).
Attention
The Ministry of Health and Biolong ltd. have launched an app providing information and support regarding the coronavirus. Through the app people in quarantine can report symptoms daily directly to their HMO and can report additional information if they are found to be sick with or carriers of the virus. For additional information see Application for Information and Support Regarding Coronavirus.

Who is Eligible?

Attention
Salaried employees only have the right to use paid vacation days. As of today, self-employed workers will not be compensated for their income lost due to 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:
  • The employee must notify his employer of his quarantine and send the employer the following documents:
    1. A Certificate of Widespread Illness issued by the Ministry of Health (this is a general certificate for all employees)
    2. 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
    3. Proof of the date that he left an affected country, so that he can receive Sick Pay.
Attention
  • 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.

Please Note

  • 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:
Attention
The Ministry of Health and Biolong ltd. have launched an app providing information and support regarding the coronavirus. Through the app people in quarantine can report symptoms daily directly to their HMO and can report additional information if they are found to be sick with or carriers of the virus. For additional information see Application for Information and Support Regarding Coronavirus.

Aid Organizations

Government Agencies

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
  • Tax authority call center (general) *9848
  • Property tax call center *4954
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


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English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.