The Knesset on Tuesday extended paid maternity leave from 14 to 15 weeks.
Forty-six lawmakers voted in favour of the bill proposed by Kulanu MK Rachel Azaria and Joint (Arab) List MK Dov Khenin in its second and third readings, passing it into law, with none opposed.
The extension applies to Israeli women who have given birth since January 1, 2017.
Moreover, under previous laws, men were eligible to take part of the paid leave granted to their wives, but must do so for at least three weeks. The new law reduces the minimum to one week.
The last time the Knesset extended paid maternity leave was in 2007, when it was raised from 12 to 14 weeks. In June, the Knesset approved a five-day paternity leave for new fathers, though the time off is deducted from their vacation days and sick leave rather than being covered by the National Insurance Institute.Thursday, March 23, 2017