Report: Many Gov’t Offices Don’t Hire Disabled

A disabled man. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israeli law requires that government offices and public companies hire at least 5% of their workforce from among the disabled – and a new study by the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi) shows that 40% of those organizations do not comply with that law.

Sixty percent of the organizations did comply with the law. Among those that did not, 22% employed between 3.5% and 4.9% of their workforce from among the disabled, while in 15% there were fewer than 3.4% of disabled in their workforce. 3% of offices had no disabled workers at all. The study encompassed the personnel situation at 316 organizations, the NII said.

According to the law, a public organization with at least 100 workers must comply with the hiring policy. Organizations are supposed to hire individuals with a “significant disability,” who generally have a hard time finding a job on the open market. In 2018, the NII sent warnings to 53 public organizations requiring them to improve their hiring policies. Eighteen complied; the rest are subject to criminal prosecution for failing to comply with the law, the NII said.