Advance notice is required before an employer can fire you in Israel. It’s important to know your rights (and responsibilities) under the law.
How is advance notice given?
When an employer gives notice to an employee or vice versa, the notice must be given in writing, including the dates on which the notice is delivered and when the employment relationship will be ending.
To how much advance notice is an employee entitled?
In order to know your entitlement to advance notice, all you need is to know how long you have worked at your current employer and use the appropriate formula below.
- 0 – 6 months: one day of advance notice for every month of employment
- 6 months – 1 year: six days plus an additional 2.5 days for every month worked from the seventh month
- 1 year and longer: one month of advance notice
Other employees (daily or hourly)
- 0 – 1 year: one day of advance notice for every month of employment
- 1 – 2 years: 14 days plus an additional day for every two months worked
- 2 – 3 years: 21 days plus an additional day for every two months worked
- 4 years and longer: one month of advance notice
As with other labor laws, your employment contract can grant you more advance notice than the law provides but no less.
What if there is no advance notice?
If there is no advance notice, the employer must pay the compensation the employee would have been entitled to throughout the period of advance notice. For example, in the case of an employee being fired without notice after 1 year, the employer would have to pay the employee for an extra month.
Interestingly, this works both ways. In other words, if an employee quits without giving notice, the employer is entitled to the same compensation!
Does an employee have to work once notice has been given?
Yes. Of course, an employer can advise an employee that he is not required to work.