Workers in Israel have many rights, under laws promulgated by the legislative authority, under regulations, orders and procedures prescribed by the executive authority and under individual and collective employment agreements, by the employers and the workers themselves.
The purpose of these rights is to maintain the Israeli employment market as a vital, strong and viable one, among the leading employment markets in the world, while ensuring its ability to successfully meet the needs and requirements of Israeli society in general – out of the desire to strengthen it as it strives to achieve the goals it sets for itself.
In case of the employment of foreign workers, additional and special rights and conditions apply.
The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor is in charge of promoting, regulating and enforcing the labor rights of each worker working in Israel, including the rights of foreign workers.
It should be clarified: the enforcement of the rights is carried out wherever an employee-employer relationship exists and regardless of the question of the legality of the worker's status in Israel or the existence of employment permits! These issues are considered separately by the competent authorities.
The weaker the worker's position, as he seeks to insist on his rights at work, the more likely it is that these rights will be disregarded and violated during his employment.
The foreigner who arrives in Israel in order to work there for a defined, relatively short period, and frequently that foreigner's employers as well, do not sufficiently understand the rights and obligations that apply to the employment relationship between them – and as a result, expose themselves to certain risks.
In view of the difficulty of foreigners and employers in understanding the rights and obligations imposed upon them – it was decided to establish the Section in Charge of Foreign Workers Rights at Work – the role of which is to explain, regulate and ensure the enforcement of compliance with these rights.
In this website, you will find extensive and useful information, provided in order to promote your needs as foreign workers, as their employers and/or their representatives. Let us include you in the widespread activities that we wish to promote via this website, and please include us in your activities concerning this issue.
The telephone and fax numbers at the office of the Section in Charge of Foreign Workers Rights at Work were recently changed. The following are the updated numbers: