Employees are entitled to accrue days of absence on account of their accrued Sick Days due to taking care of a close family member.
- The following table details different cases of eligibility and contains links to pages with more comprehensive information on each type of eligibility:
|Reason for absence from work||Maximum number of sick days||Additional details|
Malignant illness of a spouse
|Up to 6 days per year
Up to 60 days per year
|Sick Days Due to an Ill Spouse|
|Spouse's pregnancy or childbirth||Up to 7 days per year||Sick Days Due to a Spouse's Pregnancy or Childbirth|
|Illness of a child under age 16||Up to 8 days per year
Up to 16 days per year for single parents
|Sick Days Due to an Ill Child|
|Illness of a child under age 18 who has a malignant illness or who requires dialysis treatment||Up to 90 days per year
Up to 110 days per year if he/she is the only parent caring for the child
|Sick Days Due to an Ill Child|
|Caring for a child with special needs (of all ages)||Up to 18 days per year
Up to 36 days per year if he/she is the only parent caring for the child
|Sick Days for a Parent to Care for Offspring with Disabilities|
|Ill parent||Up to 6 days per year||Sick Days Due to an Ill Parent|
|Caring for a spouse that donated an organ||Up to 7 sick or vacation days per year||Sick or Vacation Days for Absence to Care for a Spouse that Donated an Organ|
|Caring for a parent that donated an organ||Up to 7 sick or vacation days per year||Sick or Vacation Days for Absence to Care for a Parent that Donated an Organ|
Receiving Sick Pay
- According to the Sick Pay Act, the first day of the period of absence (and in any one day absence), the employee will not receive any payment or salary.
- On the second and third day during this period of absence, the employee is entitled to receive half of his/her daily wage, and from the fourth day onward the employee is to be paid a regular wage, as if he/she has not been absent from work.
- If a parent of a child with disabilities is absent from work in order to care for that child, he/she is eligible for full sick pay starting from the first day of absence.
- An employee who has not received entitled payment for sick leave may claim compensation from the employer.
- For more information, see Sick Pay.
Who is Eligible?
- Anyone who works.
- An employer who fired a worker on sick leave without a hearing is obligated to pay compensation
- Compensation for an employee who was fired while ill and who had an unlawful hearing
- An employee is entitled to sick pay from the fourth day of his illness even if it is the first day he is absent from work
- An employee who quits because of a mental illness is entitled to severance pay
- If the employee used up his permitted sick days and is in need of additional absences from work to care for a family member, he is allowed to: ask his employer to use the remainder of his sick days, take the days at the expense of his accrued vacation days, or request to take unpaid leave. All of these are conditional upon the employers consent.
- Additionally if the employee quits in order to care for an ill spouse, he/she is entitled to severance pay. For more information see Severance Pay for Employees who quit due to the deteriorating health of a spouse.
- Click here for detailed information about employment assistance organizations.
Laws and Regulations
- Sick Pay Law
- Sick Pay Law (Absence Due to an Ill Child)
- Sick Pay Law (Absence Due to an Ill Parent)
- Sick Pay Law (Absence Due to an Ill Spouse)
- Sick Pay Law (Absence Due to a Spouse's Pregnancy or Childbirth), 5760-2000 (on the Nevo website)
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.