Ministers Back Paternity Leave for Inclusion in 2023 Budget

By Hamodia Staff

YERUSHALAYIM – Paternity leave is on its way to being included in Israel’s 2023 state budget, said Globes on Wednesday.

Minister of Finance Avigdor Liberman and Minister of Transport Merav Michaeli announced today that they will work together to make it part of the budget, assuming the coalition is still intact when the deadline for finalizing it comes in September.

Under the plan, fathers will receive at least two weeks paid leave, which Michaeli said she hopes to increase to a month.

The father’s paternity leave will not be at the expense of the mother, who receives 15 weeks paid leave, but they will not be able to take leave simultaneously. The father can take his leave between the 15th and 26th weeks after the birth. Currently, fathers are only entitled to six days paid leave from their employers as part of their annual allotment of vacation days or sick days. Fathers also have the option of taking the mother’s 15 weeks paid leave, but this almost never happens.

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