The State provides funding to employers to assist them in paying to make modifications in the workplace for employees with disabilities.
- State funding is given as a loan at the time the accommodations are made, and after a year turns into a grant, under the conditions specified in the application form for funding
- The employer is also required to participate in funding the workplace modifications in accordance with the size of the business and type of modification request.
Who is Eligible?
- Employers who are not considered public employers according to the law who employ or will employ someone with disabilities for a period of no less than 12 months (does not have to be continuous) with a work scope of at least 1/3 of full-time.
- If the employee finished his work before completing 12 months of work (continuously or cumulatively), the employer may replace it with another employee with a disability, whose needs are met by the modifications, to complete the required employment period.
- An employer who has in the past performed modifications for an employee with disabilities, on condition that the modifications were not performed more than 18 months prior to the request for funding.
Types of Modifications
- Modified Job Acceptance Testing-
- If due to the limitations of a job candidate, employers are required to adjust for the acceptance and screening tests, and this increased the costs of the employer, the employer can retroactively apply for partial funding of these adjustments.
- The State will contribute to acceptance tests adjustment costs for a person with a disability only if the candidate was hired.
- Modified Job Requirements-
- Modified job requirements include: change in working hours or length of the working day, change in work practices, adjustment of internal or external job training.
- The state will contribute, among other things, to the costs incurred by an employer who needs to employ an additional person to complement the working hours of the employee with a disability, or costs for additional expenses incurred by the employer due to the employment of workers with disabilities that are different then the usual accepted work practices (such as travel / transportation).
- Initial Training Services to Employers-
- An employer of an employee who has an intellectual/cognitive or mental disability can request the participation of the state-funded training by a professional in the field of disability for the employer or its representative, with or without the employee being present.
- State contributions to initial employer training will be given for the first 6 months that the employee with disabilities works.
- Translation and Transcription Services-
- Requests for funding participation for accommodations to provide translation and transcription services required employee with a disability who has a hearing loss of 50 decibels or more the better ear, in order to help the employee with his/her initial acclimation to the workplace.
- Physical Modifications-
- Requests for participation in financing physical modifications,such as wheelchair accessibility, special equipment, appliances, and facilities.
- Guidance and Vocational Training
- Professional guidance that is given to a disabled employee by another employee, which is beyond the professional assistance provided to an employee that does not have a disability.
- Government funding for this accommodation will be given for the first year of employment only.
- The level of funding depends on, among other things, the scope of the employee with disabilities position.
- Replacements, improvements or upgrades of existing accommodations.
The Amount of State Funding for Modifications
- The amount of state funding for modifications is determined based on the type of modification and the number of employees (with and without disabilities), according to the maximum participation amounts established in the law:
- Initial training for employees- 3,000 NIS or 95% of the cost, whichever is less, regardless of the number of employees with the employer.
- Physical modifications, required equipment, translation and transcription services, Job screening tests, matching the job requirements, guidance and training- depending on the total number of employees for the employer:
- Up to 25 employees 19,000 NIS per employee, provided that the employer bore the cost of at least 1,000 NIS.
- Between 26-200 employees 17,000 NIS per employee, provided that the employer bore the cost of at least 3,000 NIS.
- Over 200 employees 15,000 NIS per employee provided that the employer bore the cost of at least 5,000 NIS.
- State funding for ongoing support and guidance takes into account the scope of the employee with disabilities positions and is derived from it.
- State participation is not approved in the case of low-cost adjustments under 1000 NIS, except for initial guidance to employers.
- An employer is eligible for state-funded modifications up to the amount of 60,000 NIS for all the modifications done for an employee with disabilities, provided that the employer paid at least 5,000 NIS in one of the following two cases:
- Real estate modifications for an employee whose mobility disability has been defined as at least 75% by the National Insurance Institute.
- Computer equipment modifications for an employee who holds a Certificate of Blindness/Visual Impairment.
How to Claim It?
- It is the employer’s responsibility to initiate the request to receive government funding for modifications.
- The employee must submit the following documents:
- A request form for government funding signed by the employer and employee.
- Documentation indicating the employee’s disabilities.
- A medical confidentiality waiver form from the employee (the waiver form is included with the funding request form).
- Three price quotes for performing the modifications or receipts (if the modifications have already been performed).
- In the case of an application for participation in financing support and ongoing professional training - worker's pay slips which provides the guidance and the employee with disability which is accompanied by / directory.
- The form and accompanying documents must be sent to Teldor Company, c/o Yosef Bashra in one of the following ways:
- Mail: HaRokmim St. 26, Azrieli Center 1, Holon 5811801, P.O. 1888
- Fax: 077-2270126
- Email: Hatamot@taldor.co.il
- Courier: 3 Ef'al Street, Kiryat Aryeh, Petach Tikva (Ground Floor)
- For inquiries and questions about filling out the forms and submitting the application, contact the center by phone at: 1-700-70-78-71 and use the employer support centers.
Stages in the Process
- The employer should receive a response regarding acceptance or rejection of the request within 30 days from the Center for the Integration of people with disabilities in the labor market.
- The employer, according to the details provided in the decision letter, must then send documentation about the modifications and the costs so that the funding can be calculated and sent.
- Notification regarding approval or rejection of payment will be received within 15 days of submitting the proper documentation regarding performance of the modification(s).
- If the request was approved, the state should transfer the relevant funding for the modifications within 60 days (including the cost of the grant authorized service accessibility and a bank guarantee paid).
- A year after the modifications were made, a review is done to check that the conditions of the grant were met and if so the state loan becomes a grant.
- An employer whose application was not approved, can apply once for a request for reconsideration from the Center for the Integration of People with disabilities.
- The request for reconsideration must be filed within 30 days after receiving the decision.
- The application for reconsideration should be in writing only and include the employer's claims and objections. Attach any documents proving the claims.
- Each application will be considered by the Director of Staff, and the reasoned decision shall be given withing 30 days from the date the application was received for further discussion at the office.
- The decision of the Director of Staff may be appealed (either the initial decision or the decision following a request for reconsideration) to the Regional Labor Court within 45 days after receiving the decision of the Director of Staff.
- It is the employer’s responsibility to inform the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor of all changes related to a request, including if the employee for whom a request has been submitted has stopped working.
- According to the Equal Rights for People with Disabilities, one who employs at least 25 workers must act to make appropriate accommodations of persons with disabilities among its employees, in part by making modifications. For more information see: Accommodations for People with Disabilities in the Workplace.
- The Ministry of Economy in conjunction with the National Insurance Institute and Yad Sarah, established a center to lend equipment to employers to help them make accommodations for employees with disabilities. For more information see: Yad Tashuka Shaveh.
- Guidance is available from Employer Support Centers which will assist with considering entitlement, filling out forms and accessing rights.
- An Employer is Obligated to make Workplace Accommodations so that an Employee with Disabilities can be Promoted
Laws and Regulations
- The Equal Rights for People with Disabilities Law
- The Equal Rights for People with Disabilities Regulations (State Funding for Modifications), 5766-2006 on the Ministry of Justice website
- Request form for government funding of modification costs for an employee with disabilities – including medical confidentiality waiver form
- Procedures and Clarifications of the Regulations for State Funding of Workplace Modifications for Employees with Disabilities
- Workplace Accessibility on the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services website.
- Original translation performed by The Shira Pransky Project as part of a grant from The Fellowship Fund.