Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Israel as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Israel: Guidance on the privacy issues associated with a return to work

The Justice Department has issued guidance on the privacy issues associated with a return to work …

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Israel: Gov’t team recommends gradual exit from lockdown

A government study involving the Ministries of Finance, Economy and Labour, Health and Finance together with the National Economic Council and Bank of Israel has been drawing up plans for a return to normal economic activity …

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Israel: 14-day quarantine for all arrivals

Anyone arriving from abroad will now be required to self-isolate for 14 days …

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Israel: Minimum salary level increased

Since 2016, the Ministry of Interior has operated its own scheme for the employment of “foreign experts” …

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Israel: Retail prices increased by only 0.6%

Retail prices have increased by only 0 …

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Israel: Legislative changes to Competition Law

2019 legislative changes to Israel’s Competition Law introduced significant increases in monetary penalties on companies found not to be compliant – with fines of up to €24 …

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Israel: Haredi military service law extended for a further six month

A further 6-month extension has been given to the government by the High Court of Justice in relation to the Haredi military service law …

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Israel: 1000 Filipino workers to reduce hotel staff shortage

The Ministry of Tourism has signed a bilateral agreement with the Philippine Ministry of Labour and Employment to bring in as many as 1,000 Filipino English-speaking nationals to work for the booming tourism sector …

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Israel: New law restricts use of cash

With effect from January 1st 2019 all business transactions in excess of 11,000 shekels (around US$2,963) will have to be by ecard or bank transfer and cash transactions above that limit will be banned …

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Israel: African migrants reel as Israeli law cuts their salaries

A Supreme Court challenge is being made against the ‘deposit law’ which involves the deduction of 20% on the salaries of all African workers in the country. The authorities return the total sum withheld when the individual leaves Israel. On top of this, employers must deduct a further 16% towards a pension fund and themselves pay a special levy for employing non-local workers. In statements drawn up for presentation to the court claims are made that many employers simply pocket deductions and do not send them to the deposit fund.

Israel: Nationality Bill passed

The state Knesset (Parliament) has passed the Nationality Bill which codifies Israel’s status as the nation-state of the Jewish people into Israel’s Basic Laws and reclassifies the Arabic language is no longer on a par with Hebrew as a national language …

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Israel: Workers to get one hour off a week from April

From April 1st 2018 the normal workweek across the economy is being cut by one hour to 42 hours and employees will be restricted from working more than seven night shifts in any period of 14 days …

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Israel: Minimum wage increased for 2018

An increase in the minimum wage last December should now be in pay packets …

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Israel: Workers stage nationwide strike amid Teva layoffs

The decision of the ailing pharmaceutical company Teva to close two Israel factories and make 1,700 redundant has given rise to widescale trade union protests across the country …

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Israel: Boycott law

Companies should take great care not to infringe Israel’s amended Boycott Law …

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