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June 30, 2020
New and Important COVID-19 Guidelines for the Israeli Labor Market
The State of Israel continues to cope with the COVID-19 crisis and its implications for the workforce. In recent days, new and important guidelines were updated for the Israeli workforce’s handling of the coronavirus crisis
June 24, 2020
How Trump's Work Visa Freeze Will Affect Israeli High-Tech
US President Donald Trump suspended on Monday the entry of certain foreign workers until the end of the year. Adv. Netta Bromberg, the head of our employment team, was interviewed by Calcalist about this latest development. She commented: "This decision is a long-term violation of the globalization process as we have known it in recent decades. Israeli startups looking to expand in the US will need to search for local workers and to recalculate what their business models should be.”
June 17, 2020
HR Considerations When a Foreign Company Wishes to Work in Japan
Adv. Netta Bromberg, the head of our Employment Department, will be a panelist on a webinar about HR considerations for employing workers in Japan. The webinar will be held by the Israel-Japan Chamber of Commerce together with GoGlobal Ltd. It is geared for Israeli companies considering opening activity in Japan or that have already done so and are considering relocating Israeli employees to the Japanese branch.
June 2, 2020
Israel: Preparing Your Workplace for a Return to Normal
More will be told of the COVID-19 crisis and the changes it brought to Israeli labor relations. In the meantime, we have gathered brief guidelines on a return to normal:
May 24, 2020
Unpaid Leave: Rights of Employees Fired after Being Put on Unpaid Leave
A little over two months ago, at the start of the coronavirus crisis, a million Israelis were put on unpaid leave. With companies returning to normal under new restrictions, Maariv interviewed Netta Bromberg for a special guide to understand the rights of employees and the duties of employers.
May 20, 2020
Doing Business in Israel – Practical Law
This year, we were once again responsible for preparing the QA guide on doing business in Israel for the Practical Law website. The guide provides an overview of recent key developments that have affected doing business in Israel, including the legal system, foreign investment, employment, tax, competition, privacy, IP, etc.
May 4, 2020
Webinar on the Current Issues Facing Israeli Entrepreneurs
Netta Bromberg will participate on an expert panel as part of a webinar held by Fox Rothschild LLP on the challenges faced by Israeli entrepreneurs and businesspersons residing in Israel or living abroad.
April 20, 2020
Managing Labor Relations in Accordance with the New Israeli Guidelines 20.04.2020
On April 19, new guidelines were introduced allowing a gradual return to the workplace. Here are the key guidelines. According to the guidelines, it is permitted to employ in a workplace whose opening has not been banned 10 employees or up to 30% of employees, whichever is higher. However, it is possible to increase the number of employees in the workplace in the industries and services fields beyond the 30% cap, subject to each workplace complying with the "purple tag" rules.
April 7, 2020
Pregnant Women May Now Be Put on Unpaid Leave without Labor Ministry Approval
New regulations were signed on April 6, 2020 that allow pregnant women, women and men undergoing infertility treatment, and women returning to work after maternity leave to be put on unpaid leave, under certain conditions, without the need for a permit from the Ministry of Labor.
April 1, 2020
Managing Labor Relations in Accordance with the New Israeli Guidelines 01.04.2020
New guidelines for conduct in the workplace came into effect today in Israel.
March 26, 2020
Employment during an Emergency and Granting Benefits during Unpaid Leave
On March 22, 2020, and again on March 25, 2020, emergency regulations on limiting market activity and limiting the number of employees in the workplace were published.
March 25, 2020
Israel: Employment during an Emergency and Granting Benefits during Unpaid Leave
Several employment restrictions in light of the emergency regulations that were published in Israel and an update on giving retirement insurance and car use benefits during unpaid leave.
March 22, 2020
Israel: Engaging Employees on Overtime at an Unusual Scope
On March 18, 2020, the Israeli Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services published new regulations permitting employers to engage overtime workers at a larger scope, significantly in excess of what has been permissible to date.
March 18, 2020
Israel: Imposing Unpaid Leave on Employees Due to the Spread of Coronavirus - Updated
As a result of the economic downturn and in order to reduce expenses, one of the alternatives is imposing unpaid leave on employees.
March 12, 2020
Israel: Imposing Unpaid Leave on Employees Due to the Spread of Coronavirus
Because of the coronavirus, many employers have been forced to consider minimizing expenses. In Israel several alternatives are being explored: reducing the scope of employment, lowering salaries, utilizing any available leave days, imposing unpaid leave on employees, reducing manpower, and conducting layoffs.
March 9, 2020
The Gender Pay Gap and the Even Bigger Gender Pension Gap: Women's Status in the Labor Market
Adv. Netta Bromberg was interviewed by Mako in honor of International Women's Day to discuss women's status in the labor market.
March 3, 2020
Representing MAT Investment Holdings in Merger between Two Manufacturers of Control Valves from Kibbutz Industry
Our firm represented the Spanish multinational industrial group MAT Investment Holdings in the merger of its Israeli subsidiary Dorot Management Control Valves from Kibbutz Dorot with A.R.I. Flow Control Accessories, a company owned indirectly by Kibbutz Kfar Haruv.
February 10, 2020
The Israeli Ministry of Health's Guidelines on Handling the Coronavirus in Workplaces
The Director-General of the Israeli Ministry of Health published a directive on February 4, which states that an employee, volunteer, or service provider who is required to be quarantined under the home quarantine directive shall not be required to arrive at the workplace and shall not be granted entry even if he or she were to request this.
February 10, 2020
Event Invite: New International Standards for Internal Alert Mechanisms
Join us for a seminar on the new international standards for internal alert mechanisms. The EU whistleblower protection directive that came into force in December 2019 and trends in the US signal a new duty—the obligation to formulate an in-house mechanism that allows employees to report improper or unethical conduct. To date, such mechanisms have largely been the responsibility of large companies subject to heavy regulation, but this reality is about to change. To what extent is your organization ready for such a mechanism? Are there any accepted standards for such mechanisms?
February 3, 2020
Who Owns the Patent? – Employees' Right to Royalties
According to the Supreme Court, an employer may stipulate in the employment agreement an employee's right to royalties for the provision of service, as well as the compensation the employee may be entitled to for an invention.
January 20, 2020
Benefits in Employment Contracts
Many employees think the main thing to negotiate on before signing an employment contract is monthly salary. However, various other benefits can help reduce employees' expenses and save them more money at the end of the month and in retirement. An expert in labor law, Netta Bromberg was recently interviewed by Bizportal on the differences between contracts signed with companies with collective agreements and companies subject to expansion orders.
December 12, 2019
Representing Sartorius in the acquisition of a majority stake in Biological Industries.
Our firm represented Sartorius, a leading multinational corporation in the field of life science, research and development  and biopharmaceutical industry, in a transaction to acquire a majority stake in the Israeli cell culture developer Biological Industries. Sartorius acquired the majority of Biological Industries shares by way of secondary purchase of shares from the Development Company of Kibbutz Beit Haemek and private equity fund Fortissimo Capital, in consideration for USD 50 million. In addition, as part of the transaction, Sartorius and the Development Company of Kibbutz Beit Haemek signed an option to purchase/sell additional holdings in the future.
November 12, 2019
Special Security Situation - Employment Queries
Schools and workplaces were closed earlier today following an announcement by IDF Central Command. As a result, many employees and business owners found themselves uncertain of their rights and what to do. Netta Bromberg, the head of our Employment Department, was interviewed on the subject. She explained under what conditions an employee can stay home and when an employer can require an employee to arrive anyway.
November 11, 2019
Israel's National Labor Court Protects Right to Organize
In September, Israel's National Labor Court dismissed an appeal by the Café Noir restaurant and affirmed the Tel Aviv Regional Labor Court’s judgment, which held that the restaurant must pay NIS 300,000 compensation for infringing on its employees’ right to organize.
October 28, 2019
The Court Rules that A Short Absence from Work without Permission Does not Constitute Resignation
In a recent ruling, the Labor Court found that a short-term unapproved absence from work may constitute a disciplinary violation, and therefore be cause for termination, but cannot be seen as resignation.
October 28, 2019
Sick Leave After A Hearing Procedure
The Tel Aviv Regional Labor Court recently ruled that an employee who took advantage of her sick leave as vacation days immediately after being summoned to a termination hearing warranted being denied severance pay and early notice payments.
September 18, 2019
Can Employees Express Political Opinions on Social Networks?
Adv. Netta Bromberg, the head of our Employment Department, was interviewed by Ynet on the possibility of employees engaging in political issues and expressing their personal positions on social networks. According to Netta, "Publishing personal positions on social networks raises fundamental questions concerning the limits of freedom of expression in a democratic society, the special complexity of workplace relationships, and the line between the personal and the professional."
September 8, 2019
Politics at Work
The election for the 22nd Knesset is approaching. What does the law say about workers' rights and obligations ?
August 20, 2019
The High Court of Justice's Policy on Workplace Sexual Harassment in Israel
The National Israeli Labor Court is an independent tribunal and thus only rarely does the High Court of Justice (HCJ) intervene in its decisions. Recently, in an unusual move, the HCJ twice reversed the rulings of the National Labor Court. In both cases as part of its policy to eliminate the phenomenon of workplace sexual harassment.
July 29, 2019
Software Companies No Longer Subject to Expansion Orders in the Field of Industry?
A new ruling may affect due diligence employment findings and reclassify high-tech companies as companies operating in the industrial sector.
July 24, 2019
Labor Court Ruling on Gender Pay Discrimination
Regional Court ruled that a woman who earned less than a man in the same position is entitled to compensation from her employer for discrimination.
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