Labor Lawyer Challenges Late Permit for Observant


An Israel government order allowing individuals to be late for work after attending Shacharis has been challenged by a prominent labor lawyer, Globes reports.

“The permit issued by Minister of the Economy Naftali Bennett two months ago allowing people who attend morning prayers to be late for work exceeded his authority. It adversely affected Israeli industry as a whole and should be canceled,” said Nachum Feinberg, one of the country’s top labor lawyers, in a letter to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.

Feinberg represents many employers and is also chairman of the Israel Bar Association’s labor law forum.

Feinberg claims the decision to allow people to be 30 minutes late for work is an unacceptable intervention in a whole system of labor law.

On Sept. 10, Bennett issued the order, citing the Hours of Work and Rest Law (5721-1951). “Under my authority, and after consulting with the National Workers Union and national organizations representing employers, a general permit is hereby issued,” the directive states.

“When the sun rises after 6:30 a.m., a worker who may not, out of religious conviction, begin work until after his morning prayers, and who is not able to pray at his workplace, has the right to be 30 minutes late, provided that he makes up for the lost time at the end of the workday.”