Is your spouse pregnant? If so, beyond the possibility of paternity leave, the law entitles you to medical leave on the occasion of birth and for some medical treatments.
In the “National Labour Law Profile: The State of Israel” by Judge Stephen Adler, then President of the National Labor Court of Israel, summarized:
The Sick Pay (Absence Due to Pregnancy and Childbirth of a Partner) Law, 2000 provides for… seven days of paid leave per year for medical treatments or exams connected with the partner’s pregnancy or for the birth of a child.
Of course, as with any law, the details are important. Below are some important caveats, as excerpted from the full text of the law: חוק דמי מחלה (היעדרות עקב הריון ולידה של בת זוג), התש”ס-2000.
- You are entitled to use up to 7 days from your accrued medical leave.
- You may be required to submit a signed declaration (see a blank form under “הצהרה” in the law). You may also be required to submit a doctor’s note or other documentation of the medical event.
- A regular medical appointment does not qualify. The following situations are among those that do:
- Delivery – from contractions until 24 hours after birth
- Accompanying of the spouse to a treatment or checkup in connection with the pregnancy which necessitates the assistance of the other person (i.e. the employee).
- Accompanying of the spouse to a treatment or checkup in connection with the pregnancy which represents a risk to the life of the spouse or the fetus.
Good news for all you new fathers; you can save those vacation days for when you really need it. Of course, I am not an employment lawyer, and you should read the law for full details. בשעה טובה!