• The unlawful use of surveillance cameras to monitor employees in the workplace exposes the employer to civilian (including employment related and tortious), administrative and criminal action. The Registrar of Databases acting for the Authority for the Protection of Privacy ("the Registrar") operating under the Protection of Privacy Law of 1981 (the "Law") has recently published a new directive, number 5/2017, on the use of surveillance cameras installed in the workplace for the purpose of monitoring employees (the “Directive”).

  • In a unanimous decision delivered on November 14, 2017, the National Labor Court in Israel rejected the claim of DMD residents to be recognized as employees of the hospital in which they were residents and to receive pay similar to MD residents. The claim was submitted against Hadassah Medical Organization (“HMO”), represented by Adv. Shoshana Gavish, head of the employment practice at S. Horowitz & Co.

  • Excluding the Tax Levied on the Employment of Foreign Employees in The Calculation of Minimal Manpower Costs in Public Tenders

  • In Israel, marriages that conform to the dictates of the applicable religious denomination and which change the status of a couple to married do not necessarily guarantee the receipt of a deceased employee's social benefits. The National Labour Court recently ruled that the widow (and previous divorcee) of an employee, who had remarried her former husband on his deathbed, was not entitled to the various social benefits which had accrued to the benefit of the deceased's dependants.

  • As a general rule, employees in the civil service are hired through a letter of appointment for a permanent tenured position (ie, until retirement age). However, even in the civil service, certain categories of employees are employed under special contracts for limited periods (usually extendable). Such categories include employees employed for temporary projects or in positions which require an especially high degree of trust. Employment under a special contract also enables the state to provide employees with superior working conditions as compensation for the provisory nature of the employment and the lack of tenure.

  • A recent precedential decision, issued by the Compensation and Royalties Committee (“the Committee”), in a case in which our firm represented a leading Israeli company, highlights the potential role of collective agreements, or collective arrangements, in reducing the exposure of companies conducting R&D in Israel to claims by their employees for compensation for service inventions. The decision could encourage companies engaging in R&D activities in Israel to consider collective regulation of their employees' right to seek compensation for service inventions, for example by adopting appropriate internal regulations.

  • The medical device industry is one of the most important and innovative sectors in Israel. The Israeli regulatory regime covering medical devices is governed by the Medical Devices Law, 2012 (“the Medical Device Law”) and the Medical Device Regulations (Registration of a Medical Device and the Renewal Thereof), 2013. However, the Medical Device Law is not yet formally in force, since the enactment of further regulations is still required. However, in practice, the principles of the Medical Device Law are applied by the Ministry of Health, in accordance with certain administrative circulars. To read the full article click on the Headline.

  • There has been a dramatic decision by the Supreme Court in Israel —the damage caused to Israeli consumers due to the operation of an international cartel among foreign companies, does not constitute an “act or omission” that occurred in Israel. Click below to read the full article >>

  • A New Era for Designers (English)

    S. Horowitz & Co.

    By Avi Ordo, Noam Blei

    Finally, after a lengthy legislation process, on July 26. 2017 the Knesset approved the Designs Law, 2017. The Designs Law replaces the main legal arrangement, which governed for over 90 years the protection of industrial designs in Israel - The Patents and Designs Ordinance of 1924, by a more modern and updated arrangement. To read the full Article click here >>

  • The new Designs Bill, which was enacted on Wednesday, brings a host of significant improvements for the designers. The Bill will replace the old Patent and Design Ordinance that was previously the legal basis for design registration and protection in Israel since 1924. To read the full Article click here >>