Israeli Work Week to Drop by One Hour

YERUSHALAYIM - The Israeli work week was set to be shortened after the Histadrut and Israeli employers reached understandings on Wednesday that it would be shortened by one hour beginning on July 11, according to media reports.

The announcement comes after months of discussion and debate of the often-proposed change.

The agreement gives Israeli employees a choice of leaving work one hour early one day a week, or taking one Sunday off every 4-6 weeks. Their wages would not be affected, according to the reports.

Avi Nissenkorn, the head of the Histadrut labor federation, and Shraga Brosh, the head of the Manufacturer’s Association, are scheduled for a formal signing of the agreement Thursday night.

This will make the new work week 42 hours. Full-time positions will be 182 hours a month instead of the 186 hours they are today. Any work over 192 hours a month will be considered overtime work.