Vacation Days Added, First Time in 64 Years

YERUSHALAYIM – -
Minister of the Economy, Aryeh Deri. (Amit Shabi/POOL)
Minister of the Economy, Aryeh Deri. (Amit Shabi/POOL)

For the first time in 64 years, the minimum number of annual vacation days for Israeli workers will be increased, Globes reported on Thursday.

Economy Minister Aryeh Deri, Histadrut Chair Avi Nissenkorn, and Manufacturers Association President Shraga Brosh signed an agreement that will increase the minimum vacation time by two days, from 10 days for a five-day workweek and 12 days for employees working six days a week.

The first additional day will take effect July 2016; a second day starts by January 2017.

MK Rachel Azaria (Kulanu), who helped bring about the agreement, observed that Israel now approaches the OECD standard:

“This is an important first step towards matching the minimum number of vacation days in the OECD – 15-20 days. The number of vacation days has not changed in 64 years, and the time is now.”