New Bill Permits a Non-Frum Employee Refuse to Work on Shabbos

(Sunday, February 21st, 2016 08:30 PM)

shabbosMK (Yesh Atid) Dr. Aliza Lavie is backing a bill that would permit a non-religious employee refuse to work on Shabbos. She feels that a non-frum person should have the same right to refuse to work on a Shabbos as a religious employee. The bill was discussed by the Knesset Law Committee on Sunday, 12 Adar I. Lavie explains that Saturday is the nation’s day of rest and therefore, no one should be compelled to work against one’s will.

According to the current law, if one is requested to work on Shabbos, one may submit an affidavit that one conducts a religious lifestyle and therefore, the employee may not be fired. The same is not true for non-religious workers Lavie explains.

While it appears the bill will enjoy widespread support some feel it is nothing more than Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid to find favor in the eyes of religious voters.

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  1. shuali says:

    I believe he is an einikle from the Rebbe Reb Shmelkeh (the brother of the Hafla’ah). V’hameivin yavin.

  2. akuperma says:

    When did they enact a law limiting the right to be Shomer Shabbos to those who pass a government “religious test”?

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