The Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor – The Office for the Integration of People with Disabilities into the Workforce manages requests for employers to receive Government Funding to Perform Workplace Modifications for Employees with Disabilities.
- Various types of requests may be submitted depending on the types of modifications required to integrate the employee into the workplace.
- Requests are submitted by the employer after examining the employee's needs.
- Types of modifications for which funding may be received:
- Modified job requirements - work hours, job acceptance testing, training, instruction, work procedures, etc.
- Interpretation and transcription services - the government provides funding for interpreting and transcription services required for initial acclimation into a job by an employee with hearing impairment of 50 dB or more in the better ear.
- Physical modifications - including requests for building accessibility, equipment, appliances, assistance devices and accessories (i.e. an amplified telephone, FM system, personal amplification system, etc.).
- Replacement, improvement or upgrade of existing modifications.
Who is Eligible?
- Employers or those who will employ one or more people with a hearing impairment for whom workplace modifications must be undertaken are entitled to government funding for those modifications.
- Employers who have already performed workplace modifications for an employee with disabilities are entitled to funding towards the modification costs if no more than 18 months passed between the time the modifications were performed and the request was submitted.
- Interpreting and transcription services - The government provides funding for these services for employees with hearing impairment of 50 dB or more in the better ear.
How to Claim It?
- After evaluating the necessary modifications for the employee, the employer must fill out a Request Form for State Funding of Workplace Modifications for Employees with Disabilities
- The following documents must be attached to the request form:
- A request form for government funding signed by the employer and employee.
- Documentation indicating the employee’s hearing impairment.
- A medical confidentiality waiver form (from the employee).
- Three price quotes for performing the modifications (or receipts if the modifications have already been performed).
- The form and accompanying documents must be sent to, Taldor Company, c/o Yosef Sheara, in one of the following ways:
- By mail: Harokmim St. 26, Azrieli Center 1, Holon 5811801, P.O. 1888
- By fax: 077-2270126
- By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- By messenger: Ephal St. 3, Kiryat Aryeh, Petach Tivka (ground floor)
- More information and assistance filling out the forms may be obtained by contacting the information center: at 1700-70-7871.
- The Office for the Integration of People with Disabilities into the Workforce will respond with approval or rejection of the application within 30 days of the date on which the forms were submitted.
- If the application is approved, the employer must submit documentation to the Office for the Integration of People with Disabilities into the Workforce indicating that the modifications have been performed in accordance with the approved request, as well as approval from an authorized accessibility assessor ("morshe negishut").
- Notification regarding approval or rejection of payment will be received within 15 days of submitting the proper documentation regarding performance of the modification(s).
- The employer will receive the grant within 60 days of the date of approval. The grant is conditional, and will become an unconditional grant after 12 months.
- 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.
- The Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor – The Office for the Integration of People with Disabilities into the Workforce
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- Original information provided by Bekol.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.