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Israeli Knesset obliged workers to get insured against occupational accidents

In early March the Knesset Committee on Labor, Welfare and Health approved an amendment to the law, which would increase the employer's pay offs to the National Insurance Institute ("Bituakh Leumi") related to work injuries.
Israeli Knesset obliged workers to get insured against occupational accidents

This amendment is included in the draft Law on economic regulation.

The employer’s pay offs will increase by 0.1-0.35%. At the moment, the deductions are 1.96% of the employee’s salary. Moreover, the payments will vary depending on the level of risk of occupational trauma at the workplace.

If the employer proves he has increased security measures at his enterprise, he will be able to get a discount on these payments and even avoid the payment increase.

The level of risk will be determined in accordance with the following criteria: the number of work injuries in a single enterprise will be measured up against the number of work injuries in trade in general. In the construction business workers hired through an intermediary will be equated with those who work directly.

The increase in payments will first be the same for all, i.e. 0.1% of the employee’s salary, effective for 5 years. According to the Committee’s decision, it refers only to the wage workers. The corresponding payments of small and medium-sized entrepreneurs will not be increased. The Committee also decided that the employer would not be able to put these payments on the worker's shoulders.

Members of the Committee rejected the proposal to transfer funds to private insurance companies, insisting that payments would be made only in "Bituakh Leumi". The initiative that the employer in the event of work injury would have to pay off 30-day medical sick leave to the injured worker was also rejected. At the moment only the first 12 days are being paid off, and this remains in force.

Source: http://9tv.co.il/news/2018/03/09/255024.html

 

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