Reorganization and Redundancy Schemes

  • The employment department of S. Horowitz & Co. has extensive experience advising its clients on redundancies and reductions in the work force. Many of our clients include large public institutions as well foreign multinationals that, due to ever-changing economic conditions, need to redeploy, restructure or downsize their human resources.


    We support and advise clients through the planning and implementation of redundancy programs and changing the terms and conditions of the workforce.


    A large number of clients operate in industries that are regulated by collective agreements, extension orders or are unionised.  We have vast experience navigating our clients through any consultation process and negotiating with any unions or employee representative bodies. Invariably, large redundancy exercises do carry the risk of industrial action as well as legal challenge in the labour courts. We have extensive experience in successfully advising clients on labour disputes that may follow on from any proposed redundancy program.

    • Representing the Israel Electric Company in numerous labour disputes with the union and individual employees with regard to redundancy, termination and lay-off policies, severance agreements and other contractual issues
    • Representing the Hadassah Medical Centre in claims filed by employees who were made redundant or dismissed following the implementation of Hadassah's corporate rescue and reorganisation plan
    • Representing British Airways plc in collective and individual disputes arising from re-organisation or from dismissals
    • Representing HJ Heinz in claims filed by employees and its union in connection with the sale and partial closure of its entire operations in Israel and negotiating and implementing its local subsidiaries' redundancy program
    • Negotiating termination agreements, severance benefits, redundancy schemes and employee reassignments on behalf of a number of international corporations closing down their business activities in Israel
    • Advising the Israel Cancer Association for a number of decades on all aspects of employment law, including representing it in collective disputes following redundancies, reduction of activity and of payment of additional amounts under the employees' collective agreement