In a document leaked to the media, YWN-ISRAEL has learned that the compliance unit of the Ministry of Economic Affairs has ordered a crackdown on chareidi businesses. The directive, entitled “Directives- Initiated activity in the chareidi community – May 2013″ is signed by Ms. Ravit Tichover, who heads the unit. The directive calls for an inspection to determine compliance to labor laws in chareidi businesses and mosdos chinuch.
The inspections will be May 26, 2013 until May 30, 2013. Inspectors from the unit will be assigned lists of businesses and mosdos, based on the number of employees. The inspectors will be looking out for violations such as law governing overtime, providing employees with adequate breaks, payment of minimum wage, payment of pension and other mandated benefits, as well as deductions and many other matters pertaining to employee rights.
While some will applaud the inspections, which seek to safeguard employee rights and benefits under Israel’s labor laws, others will question why businesses are being selected by affiliation with the chareidi tzibur as opposed to a general inspection of businesses and mosdos.
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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)