Foreign workers are entitled to the same work conditions that Israeli employees are legally entitled to.
- Among other things, the salary of a foreign worker has to be at least minimum wage he must receive overtime pay (for nursing care workers this means a global increase in salary of 30% above minimum wage), payment of transportation costs and severance pay.
Who is Eligible?
- A foreign worker must be paid his salary for the previous month by the 9th of the month, including the following components:
- Minimum Wage - A foreign worker is entitled to a salary that is at least the amount of Minimum Wage.
- Transportation Costs- In addition to a salary, the worker should be paid transportation costs for every day that he needs to commute to work.
- Convalescence Pay- An employee that completes one year of work is entitled to a once a year convalescence pay multiplied to the number of days according to the seniority accrued in his workplace:
- For the first year of work - 5 days
- For the second and third years of work - 6 days
- For the fourth-tenth years of work - 7 days
- Pocket money - It is common to pay foreign workers pocket money of 100 NIS every two weeks before the worker's vacation day (even if he is not taking a vacation day). This amount is included in the gross salary of the worker. This weekly payment is not required by law.
- The employer is required to have a written work contract with the foreign worker, in a language that the foreign worker understands.
- The employer is obligated to provide a copy of the contract to the foreign workers and there are certain sections that are required.
- For more information see Employment Contract for Foreign Workers.
How to Claim It?
- These rights should be given automatically by the employer.
- In event that the worker's rights are violated, he can:
- Worker's Hotline
- Hotline for Refugees and Migrants
- Mesila - Center for Information and Assistance for Migrant Workers and Asylum Seekers living in Tel Aviv
- Schar Mitzva - Voluntary Legal Aid for the Poor
- Physicians for Human Rights - Israel
- The Association for Civil Rights in Israel
- The Population and Immigration Authority
- The Foreign Workers' Employment Rights Ombudsman
- The National Insurance Institute
- The Interior Ministry
Laws and Regulations
- The Foreign Workers Law
- Regulations of Employment Services (Payments from Work Applicants for Employment Brokerage) - 2006
- Foreign Workers Order (Prohibition of Illegal Employment and Insurance of Fair Conditions) (Basket of Health Services for Employees)
- Regulations of the Employment Service (Submission of Information to a Foreign Worker in connection with Employment Brokerage), 2006
- The Minimum Wage Law
- The Rights of Foreign Workers on the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services website
- Foreign Workers - Information for Employers and Workers on the Population and Immigration Authority website
- Information Regarding the Employment of Foreign Workers and Illegal Infiltrators on the Population and Immigration Authority website
- Rights of Migrant Workers in the Agriculture Sector, 2019 The Worker's Hotline
- Rights of Migrant Workers in the Nursing Field, 2019 The Worker's Hotline
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.
- Original information on this page was written by the Jerusalem Municipality Welfare Department as part of a project to make elderly rights more acceptable, sponsored by Mashov.
English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.