- Sample proof of disability form
- Declaration regarding absence for purposes of caring for an individual with disabilities
- Accompanying statements to the declaration of absence to assist an individual with disabilities
- Declaration of guardianship over an individual with disabilities for purposes of being absent from work
An employee who is a parent or guardian of an individual with disabilities is entitled to be absent from work 18 days per year in order to provide personal assistance to that individual, in the event that this assistance requires the employee to be absent from work.
- An employee who is a single parent is entitled to an additional 18 days of absence (up to a total of 36 days per year).
- If the employee is only absent for part of a day, only part of a day will be deducted from the total accrued sick days, and not an entire day.
- These days are take from the employee's accrued sick days (or vacation days, according to the employee's choice).
- The employee is entitled to receive sick pay beginning from the first day of absence in the amount equal to 100% of his/her salary.
- Additionally the employee is entitled to be absent from work up to 104 hours per year without having anything deducted from his/her salary. (The number of hours is proportional to the employee's work hours - for example an employee who works half time would be entitled to 52 hours per year).
- For more information, see: Sick Days for a Parent to Care for Offspring with Disabilities.
Who is Eligible?
- An employee who meets the following two conditions:
- Please note: Parents of someone with a temporary disability, which is predicted to pass within 60 days of appearing and is not expected to recur, are not entitled to this benefit.
How to Claim It?
- The right is automatically granted by the employer.
- Employers may require the employee to provide the relevant documentation. Examples and sample texts can be found on the Information page from the Commission for the equal treatment of people with disabilities (in the appendix) and also in the Second addition to the regulations.
- Certifications and declarations that an employer can ask for from the employee:
- The certification of disability for the individual requiring personal assistance from the employee, signed by a physician. See an example on the [Information page of the Commission for the equal treatment of people with disabilities (appendix 1).
- Declaration from the employee regarding his/her absence for purposes of caring for the individual with disabilities. See an example of the text in Section 1 of the second addition to the regulations.
- Details of the person with disabilities. See an example of the text in Section 5 of the second addition to the regulations.
- Employees who are legal guardians must attach their guardianship order and a declaration of guardianship. See an example of the text in Section 3 of the second addition to the regulations.
- If the employee was absent from work in order to escort, supervise, or assist the individual with disabilities during a medical or paramedical treatment, documentation from the treatment facility indicating the date and time of treatment must be attached.
- In order to claim the 18 additional days per year, the employee must attach a declaration of single parent status. See an example of the text in Section 2a of the second addition to the regulations.
- Questions and clarifications can be directed to the Public Inquiries Department of the Commission for Equal Rights of Disabled Persons.
- The law refers to any individual with disabilities, without an age limitation..
- If the individual with disabilities is younger than 16 years old, then the sick day count includes sick days to care for an ill child, (meaning that the eligibility can only be claimed for one or the other, and not both).
- Parents of children in a severe medical condition are permitted to withdraw funds from the A Savings Plan for Every Child before the child turns 18 if the funds will be used to finance the child's medical care. For more information see Withdrawl of funds from the Savings Plan for Every Child before age 18 because of the child's medical condition.
Laws and Regulations
- Sick Pay Law
- Sick Pay Law (Absence Due to a Sick Child)
- Sick Pay Regulations (Absence Due to a Sick Child)
- The original information on this page was based on ALUT’s Booklet of Rights for Adults on the Autism Spectrum.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.