1 October 2014

Advance notice for termination or resignation

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.

Monthly employees

  • 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.

For more details
For more information, see the summary or the full text of the Advance Notice for Termination and Resignation Law.

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Comments

  1. What if the employer is three weeks late on paying wages. Does one still need to give one day per month notice or can notice be given effective immidiately.

    • One day per month applies to monthly, salaried employees who have worked less than six months and whose contract does not have a more generous provision. I am not aware of any exception to this rule because of late wages, but an employment lawyer should be able to tell you for certain. Good luck, Gadi!

  2. shmuli says:

    I also was fired without notice after 10 months. However, I worked part-time (4-6 hours per day for 7 of those months. How does the part-time work effect my severance pay?
    Also, I cannot find the link to the govt website. thanks for posting this. If I am entitled to compensation, I will certainly request it.

    • Shmuli, I’m sorry that happened to you, and I hope it works out for the best. The links to the law are at the end of the article under the section entitled “For more details.”

      This particular article is about advance notice and not severance pay, which is something separate. Though I am not a lawyer, it would seem logical that you would be entitled to some advance notice. Working as an hourly employee for less than a year could entitle you to one day of advance notice for every month of employment. Of course, logic would dictate that a “day” you receive of advance notice would be the same length as the day you worked prior to that.

      Hopefully, your former employer will be willing to work something out. Of course, check with a lawyer if you pursue it, and feel free to let us know how it turns out.

  3. Lorne Brown says:

    Oh ,I see now where it is.

    • Lorne, glad you found the link to the text of the law at the bottom of the article. As with any information on this site, it’s all to the best of my knowledge. I definitely encourage you to look deeper into issues that affect you and add comments with any new information you find.

  4. Lorne Brown says:

    Is there any government link to this, for proof? I know someone who was fired after 10 months without notice.

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