Do you get time off from work to take the kids to school?

The collective agreement signed today between the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Education and the Teachers’ Union caused many parents to heave a sigh of relief. The school year will start tomorrow as a series on September 1 and millions of children will start the current school year, of which hundreds of thousands are first graders.

Although it is a day when many of the children are required to be accompanied by their parents, especially in the kindergartens – many parents must work on this day as usual, despite workers’ organizations and social associations who asked to make it a Sabbath day.

Few organizations in the economy, for example the Histadrut and Naamat’s headquarters, make it easier for parents on September 1st and every year take their employees out for a concentrated vacation in the summer, which also includes the back-to-school day and ends on September 2nd. But even those who do not benefit from such consideration from the employer are entitled to concessions or benefits on September 1.

Adv. Mittal Dolev Ballet (Photo: Lilac Ozan)

It turns out that while private sector employees are required to take a day off at their own expense, state employees can use one of their two “choice days” to accompany their children to school or kindergarten on the first day of school.

Public sector employees will be entitled to two choice days in addition to the quota of annual vacation days. This selection day was added by the Division for the Promotion and Integration of Women adding a selection day for state employees at the time of the opening of the school year in the education system. Such an election day does not require the employer’s approval, but only advance notice. In contrast, private sector employees will require consideration of the workload and the employer’s decision.

This election day was only set for September 1st so that if a strike were to eventually take place and the school year would start on Sunday, public sector employees would also be required to take the first day of school as a day off at their own expense.

So are the parents whose children are smaller and are on adjustment days in kindergarten, where they are in kindergarten only for a few hours each day instead of a full day, a process that can take even a week. Here there is no choice anymore and if you are interested in a vacation, it is at the expense of the annual vacation only.

Also regarding the bridge established in the agreement signed today, which stated that starting this year a bridge will be established between Kippur and Sukkot, but according to Dolev Balt, the parents will demand to find a solution themselves at the expense of the annual vacation.

The writer is the manager of the every employee department, accountants from the Ko Menhaha group


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