Overview

Capital
Jerusalem
Currency
Israeli Shekel (NIS)
Date Format
dd/mm/yyyy

Taxes

Employer

Employer Payroll Tax

8.33%
Severance Pay
10.95%
Social Security and Health Insurance
6.50%
Pension Fund
2.50%
Disability Insurance
28.28% Total Employment Cost
Employee

Employee Payroll Taxes

15.50%
Social Security and Health Insurance
6.00%
Pension Fund
21.50% Total Employee Cost

Employee Income Tax

10.00%
Up to 6,290 NIS
14.00%
6,290 - 9,030 NIS
20.00%
9,030 - 14,490 NIS
31.00%
14,490 - 20,140 NIS
35.00%
20,140 - 41,910 NIS
47.00%
41,910 - 53,920 NIS
50.00%
Over 53,970 NIS
Employer Taxes
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST
Brazil
China
Slovakia
Israel
South Africa
Georgia
Macedonia
82.39%
41.12%
37.2%
28.28%
2%
2%
0%
Employee taxes
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST
Romania
Macedonia
Netherlands
Israel
Georgia
Belarus
Ukraine
45%
28%
27.65%
21.5%
2%
1%
0%

Minimum Wage

General

The monthly (gross) minimum wage in Israel is NIS 5,300, and not less than NIS 29.12 per hour.

Minimum wage (per month)
$4000
$2663
$2491
$1516
$47
$36.80
$2.33
Geneva
Luxembourg
Australia
Israel
Malawi
Angola
Venezuela
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST

Payroll

Payroll Cycle

Payroll cycle in Israel is monthly (with respect to globally paid/monthly employees)

Working Hours

General

A full work week in Israel consists of 42 hours. The work week is Sunday-Thursday.

Overtime

In general, the first 2 hours of overtime are paid at a rate of 125% of the regular pay, and 150% after that.

It is common practice in Israel to include a clause in the employment agreement that sets forth an arrangement with the employee by which the employee receives a predetermined overtime pay reflecting an estimated amount of overtime hours such employee is expected to work per month, in average (“Global Overtime Payment”). The said estimated number of overtime hours should be specified in the employment agreement (“Overtime Quota”).

Every employee is entitled to 36 continuous hours of rest per week, which must include the day of rest according to his or her religion (for Jewish employees – ‘Shabbat’). Employment on the rest day is prohibited unless authorized by the Minister of Labor by a special permit, where working is deemed in the interest of the general public due to security, safety, and economic considerations.

If an employee works during the weekly rest day or during public holidays (according to such permit), the employee shall be entitled to special hourly remuneration at 150% of the usual hourly rate. According to the labor court’s ruling, with respect to an employee that worked for 42 hours on regular working days, and is required to work on the rest day (subject to the obtaining of a permit by the employer, allowing his employees to work on the rest day), the hours worked on the weekly rest day are considered overtime as of the first hour worked. As a result, the employee shall be entitled to receive a pay of 175% for the first two hours worked on the rest day, and 200% from the third hour onward.

Payroll Contributions

13th Salary

Following the first year of employment all employees are entitled to a Recreation Payment. The payment is usually made between July and September. Amounts are determined by law, updated annually and correspond to the number of years of employment.

Leave

Paid Time Off

During the first five years of employment full time employees who work five days per work week are entitled to 12 net vacation days (not including the weekly rest day), and then as follows:

  • 6th year – 14 net vacation days
  • 7th year – 15 net vacation days
  • 8th year – 16 net vacation days
  • 8 years + – an additional vacation day per year, to a maximum of 20 net vacation days after 12 years.

The vacation entitlement of employees who work in a part-time capacity is calculated in accordance with the number of actual worked days, all in accordance with a specific calculation mechanism set forth in the applicable law.

Vacation days
Public holidays
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST
Brazil
Peru
Albania
Israel
Michigan
China
Federal
30
13
43
30
12
42
28
14
42
12
9
21
2
11
13
5
7
12
10
10
Public Holidays

There are 9 national holidays in Israel (Rosh Hashana (2 days), Sukkot (2 days), Yom Kippur, Passover (2 days), Shavuot and Independence Day.

Sick Days

Sick leave is accrued at a rate of 1.5 days per month with a maximum of 90 days total.

  • For the first day of sick leave, the employee is not entitled to pay.
  • On the second and third day, the employee is entitled to 50% of their regular pay.
  • From the 4th day onward, the employee is entitled to 100% of their regular pay.

Upon return, the employee must provide a medical certificate from a doctor.

Maternity Leave

A woman who has worked less than 1 year with the employer prior to the leave, is entitled to 15 weeks of maternity leave.

A woman who has worked more than 1 year with the employer prior to the leave  is entitled to 26 weeks of maternity leave (which includes 15 paid weeks and 11 unpaid weeks).

PAID MATERNITY LEAVE (DAYS)
410
365
365
105
45
30
0
Bulgaria
Serbia
Albania
Israel
United Arab Emirates
Tunisia
Federal
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST
Paternity Leave

As of the labor contractions and up to 24 hours after the birth, the spouse or partner of a woman who gave birth is entitled to be absent on account of the accrued sick leave.

In addition, the spouse or partner is entitled to 5 days of paid paternity leave, with respect to the first five calendar days following the birth. The first three days will be on account of the employee’s accrued annual vacation days, and the additional two days will be on account of the employee’s accrued sick leave.

Parental Leave

Fathers can take days off after the birth of a child, but these days will be subtracted from the maternity leave.

Other Leave

Bereavement Leave:  In the event of a death of a member of the employee’s immediate family, the employee is entitled paid grief days, as customary in his religion, and up to 7 calendar days of paid leave (including the weekly rest day).  The grief period during which the employee was absent from work is fully paid and will not be deducted from the employee’s annual vacation or sick leave allowance.  In accordance with applicable law, the entitlement to a grief period depends on completing 3 months of employment.

Termination

Termination Process

In Israel, the labor court’s rulings regarding the termination of an employee are strict. An employer is not able to terminate an employee without prior notice. The employer must give the employee an invitation letter him to a hearing and must include the reasons according to which the employer is considering the termination of the employee’s employment with details of the grievances.  The employer is required to provide the employee with at least 2 days to prepare (weekends and holidays are not included).  The employee is entitled to represent himself or can have a lawyer or other representation in the hearing.

During the hearing, the employer should only refer to the arguments which were included under the invitation and must allow the employee to counter. It is the duty of the employer to listen and consider the employee’s counterclaims before making a final decision on terminating the employee.  In addition, the hearing must be documented and if the employee requests, a copy must be provided to them.

Once the employee completes his/her arguments, the hearing is done, and the person conducting the hearing informs the employee that the employer will now consider all that the employee said and reach a decision with regard to the employee. The employer is not allowed to deliver any decision right after the hearing session ends or during the hearing session itself.

Following the hearing, the employer may not immediately dismiss the employee, but must provide for ample time to deliberate and consider the employee’s case as presented at the hearing.

A decision should be delivered to the employee (preferably in a personal meeting) following a reasonable time from the date of the hearing (while taking in consideration the scope of the employees claims as were raised during the hearing). The decision should be in writing and should include reference to the employee’s arguments during the hearing session and the company’s response to them.

If the termination process is not followed accurately, a labor court may rule that the employee be reinstated or be provided by a compensation from the employer.

Notice Period

If the employer chooses to terminate the employee after the hearing, the employer must provide written notice to the employee which must include the date of dismissal.

During the first six months, one day of notice is accumulated for each month of employment.  In addition to the 6 days accumulated, 2.5 days of notice are accumulated for each month of employment from the sixth month to the end of the first year. Following the first-year, termination requires a 30-day notice.

Severance Pay

Under the Section 14 Arrangement, the employer is required to carry out monthly contributions equivalent to 8.33% of the employee’s monthly salary payment towards the severance pay component, and the accrued amount is to be released to the employee upon termination, even if the employee resigns without circumstances that would entitle the employee to severance pay if he was not subjected to the Section 14 Arrangement.

The amount of severance pay depends on the number of years the employee has been employed.  One months’ salary for every year worked is paid as severance.  If the employer contributed every month 8.33% to Severance pay, then he won’t need to pay severance in termination.

VAT

General

17% standard rate.

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    Nofar
    Nofar
    14 days ago

    Hi, what is the amount of the “dmei haavraah” and when is it paid?

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    14 days ago
    Reply to  Nofar

    Hi, good question. For the private sector, the amount is 378 NIS per day accrued and 429 NIS per day for the public sector and is paid out in the month of July/August. Employees are entitled to this amount if they have been employed for at least one year by the month of July and .5 days are accrued each month. If one has not been employed for a year by this time, the amount is simply paid out the following year or upon termination.

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