The Labor and Welfare Committee today (Monday) approved for a second and third reading the extension for two years of the validity of the temporary provision that allows a parent whose child has died not to retire from work at retirement age. The law was set as a temporary provision that will expire in a few days – and has now been extended for another two years. The employer will not be able to force such an employee to retire from work, for four years. According to estimates by the Ministry of Social Equality, in the last two years the size of the group to which the law applies – about 5,300 senior citizens. According to Hugh"The committee’s chairman, Efrat Reitan-Marom (Labor), is one of the most moral, correct and exciting laws, and it should be established as a standing order. She called for the Ministry of Social Equality to be given responsibility for informing employees who are supposed to benefit from the law, and to conduct more comprehensive research – within a year.
According to Adv"D. Shimrit Gitlin-Shaked, the legal advisor of the committee, the law was originally set as a temporary provision for four years in 2018, and it is about to expire these days. The Ministry of Social Equality has proposed extending the validity of the provision by another year, and the ministry will also conduct research to examine the application and impact of the law on issues arising from the employment of parents whose child has died. As stated, Hugh"The committee proposed extending it by two years.
Bezalel Smutrich (Religious Zionism), who initiated the law about four years ago, praised the activities of the Minister of Social Equality and the activities of Hugh"R. Committee in this Act. He talked about difficult negotiations with various government ministries, and the impact of the law – especially in the civil service. This law allows so many families to continue to keep their heads above water and give a reason to get up in the morning. This is good for employers and employees, and no ministry has received any complaint from an employer who has been harmed by this provision.
According to Orit Becker, Deputy Attorney General of the Ministry of Social Equality, the law fits into the ministry’s policy of encouraging continued employment, and it balances the needs of the employer and the preferences of the employee. Yafit Bar, head of the ministry’s employment department, added that only 40% of the respondents, who are bereaved parents, are aware of the law, and that every retiree from the civil service receives information – a year before his retirement – even about this temporary order.
Pini Rabinowitz, father of Desi Z."L, emphasized the duty to support civil bereavement, and its activities for the publication of the law among those concerned and who are supposed to benefit from it. He also called for an extension of the temporary order in workplaces with fewer than 25 employees, as currently provided by law.
According to Noa Shukron, employment coordinator in the budget department, as part of the extension of the retirement age enshrined in the Arrangements Law, the bereaved parent population will also be examined, and therefore the law must be awaited as a permanent directive. Mira Feierstein, director of the Knesset’s Human Resources Division, spoke about the implementation of this law and called for an examination of medical and functional competence.