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Supreme Court Orders Cancellation of Automatic Sick Leave Certificates for Quarantined Employees
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., July 2020

In March, due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) the Ministry of Health established that an employee required to quarantine at home in accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines would automatically receive a sick leave certificate which could present to the employer and receive sick pay for the quarantine period...

COVID-19: Exceptional Cases in which Population and Immigration Authority will Allow Foreigners to Enter Israel
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., July 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, as of March 2020, Israel prohibited foreign nationals from any country from entering its borders, including citizens who held any kind of visa. Only foreign residents who could prove that their 'life centre' was in Israel could enter the country. In June 2020 the Population and Immigration Authority published a list of exceptional cases in which it will allow foreigners into the country...

COVID-19: Exceptional Cases in which Population and Immigration Authority will Allow Foreigners to Enter Israel
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., July 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, as of March 2020, Israel prohibited foreign nationals from any country from entering its borders, including citizens who held any kind of visa. Only foreign residents who could prove that their 'life centre' was in Israel could enter the country. In June 2020 the Population and Immigration Authority published a list of exceptional cases in which it will allow foreigners into the country...

Zero-Rate VAT on Services to Foreign Residents - Fact or Fiction?
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., May 2020

The Value Added Tax (VAT) Law (5735-1976) sets out that zero-rate VAT applies to the export of services to a foreign resident. However, recent judgments have interpreted such relief in a narrow manner and have significantly reduced the ability to charge zero-rate VAT on services rendered to foreign residents. General overview VAT is levied in Israel pursuant to the VAT Law with respect to the consumption of goods and services in Israel...

Corporate Governance and Insolvency Law Amid the Coronavirus Crisis
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., April 2020

Among its other consequences, the ongoing global outbreak of Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has resulted in an economic crisis. In this legal update we present insolvency law issues which may arise during the crisis and we also propose practical solutions for dealing with challenges that companies may face. 1...

SEC Provides Filing Extension to Companies Affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., March 2020

On March 4, 2020, the U.S...

Special Update - Coronavirus
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., March 2020

The ongoing global outbreak and spread of Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), commonly known as coronavirus, is a dramatic event of global proportions, with far-reaching implications in a wide range of areas. The spread of coronavirus directly affects capital markets, global supply chains, worldwide transportation, large-scale events and conferences, and many other aspects of commerce and business, domestic and international...

Weekly Rest Requirements for Employees in Israel
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., January 2020

 Pursuant to Israeli employment law, an employer cannot employ workers on their weekly rest day unless it obtains a special permit from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. A weekly rest is 36 consecutive hours. Under certain circumstances, it is possible to shorten shift workers' weekly rest to 25 consecutive hours. For Jewish workers, the weekly rest day is Saturday (ie, from the beginning of the Sabbath on Friday evening until Saturday evening)...

Legal Update - Aviation Law
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., December 2019

Small Claims Appeal Application (District Court, Tel Aviv) 56432-07-17 Iberia Airlines v. Fleisher Peled et al. The District Court in Tel Aviv-Yafo with an expanded three judge panel, rejected Iberia Airlines' appeal in the matter 56432-07-17 Iberia Airlines v. Fleisher Peled et al...

Legal Update: Aviation, Maritime & Tourism
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., September 2019

The High Court of Justice held that travel agents are not permitted to sell insurance products for outside of Israel. This is in accordance with the decision of the Ministry of Finance’s Commissioner of Capital Markets, Insurance and Savings. In July 2019, the High Court of Justice rendered its decision in the matter 2969/19 The Israel Association of Travel Agencies and Consultants v. The Commissioner of the Capital Markets, Insurance and Savings Authority...

The European, Middle Eastern and African Antitrust Review 2020: Israel Overview
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., July 2019

Global Competition Review (GCR) published The European, Middle Eastern and African Antitrust Review 2020. The “Israel Overview” chapter was written by FBC’s Tal Eyal-Boger, Ziv Schwartz and Shani Brown. The Economic Competition Law, 5748-1988 (the Law) is the primary law dealing with antitrust issues in Israel and its objective is to prevent harm to competition or the public...

Relocation of Foreign Experts to Israel
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., February 2019

Israeli and international organizations seeking to employ foreign workers in Israel, who are not residents or citizens of the country, in management positions or in positions requiring special expertise or training, are required to apply for a work permit. The work permit will then be issued for a “foreign expert” (B/1 permit) from the Population and Immigration Authority in Israel...

New Licensing Rules by the Israeli Innovation Authority for Multinational Corporations
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., October 2018

At the beginning of September, the Israeli Innovation Authority, a division of the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry and the successor to the Office of Chief Scientist “IIA”, issued new rules “New Rules”. The “New Rules” regarded the licensing of know-how developed and obtained by Israeli companies that received grants from the IIA “Funded Companies”, to multinational corporations...

Establishing a Business in Global Guide - Israel
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., August 2018

The Israeli legal system is mainly based on common law, but incorporates some aspects of civil law. Israeli business entities include cojmpanies, partnerships, co-operatives and non-profit organisations. Individuals can conduct business without establishing any legal entity...

Demutualization of the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange: Opportunities and Challenges
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., August 2018

The Israeli Securities Law was amended (Amendment No. 63) with a goal of turning the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) into a more competitive, efficient and profitable stock exchange, by outlining an ownership structure change of the TASE. The ownership structure change allows private investors, in addition to institutional investors, to acquire means of control over the TASE...

The European, Middle Eastern and African Antitrust Review 2019: Israel Overview
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., August 2018

Global Competition Review (GCR) publishedThe European, Middle Eastern and African Antitrust Review 2019. The “Israel Overview” chapter was written by FBC’s Tal Eyal-Boger, Ziv Schwartz and Shani Brown...

New Amendment to the Israeli Restrictive Trade Practices Law regarding Parallel Importing
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., July 2018

The Israeli Parliament (the Knesset) recently approved (on July 18, 2018), an amendment to the Israeli Restrictive Trade Practices Law, 5748-1988 (the “Law“) regarding parallel importing (the Restrictive Trade Practices Law (Amendment 20 – Temporary Order), 5778-2018) (the “Amendment“)...

IFLR Project Finance Report 2018 - Israel Chapter
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., February 2018

SECTION 1: Market Overview 1.1 Please provide an overview of the project finance market in your jurisdiction. Project financing is a well-established finance scheme in Israel, widely implemented in the last 15-20 years. It is used for debt financing in a variety of sectors, particularly where public private partnership (PPP) projects are involved...

Data Protection and Privacy in Israel
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., December 2017

The Basic Laws of Israel that comprise the county’s constitution specifically grant Israel’s citizens the right to privacy as a basic human right. This practice note provides an overview of the regulation of data protection and privacy in Israel, presented in a question and answer format. Legislative Framework • Question 1: Summarize the legislative framework for the protection of personally identifiable information (PII)...

An Important Israeli Court Decision for Dual-Listed Companies
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., November 2017

An Important Israeli Court Decision for Dual-Listed Companies: The Liability for Breaches of Reporting Obligations by Dual-Listed Companies Is Governed by the Securities Laws of the Foreign Trading Jurisdiction.   In 2017 the Tel Aviv District Court (Economic Division, Judge Kabub) issued a decision in Cohen v. Tower Semiconductor Ltd. et al., C.A...

Instances Whereby Transfer of Funds to Foreign Residents will be Exempt
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., September 2017

The Israeli Tax Authority ("ITA"), published a list of instances whereby transfer of funds, through banking corporations, to foreign residents will be exempt from tax withholding...

The European, Middle Eastern and African Antitrust Review 2018 - Israel
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., September 2017

The Restrictive Trade Practices Law, 5748-1988 (the Law) is the primary law dealing with antitrust issues in Israel and its objective is to prevent harm to competition or the public. The Law contains the substantive rules that apply to the various restrictive trade practices (restrictive arrangements; mergers; monopolies; concerted groups)...

Global Cartel - Follow-on Class Actions in Israel - Is This The End?
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., August 2017

The Israeli Supreme Court Ruling earlier this year, which establishes that, for the purpose of service out of the jurisdiction based on Regulation 500(7) of the Israeli Civil Procedure Regulations, 5744-1984 (“Civil Procedure Regulations“) – it is not sufficient to indicate damage which allegedly occurred within Israel, but rather an act or omission in Israel must be shown...

The New Design Law (Israel)
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., August 2017

  On July 26, 2017, the Knesset approved a new Design Law (the “Design Law” or the “Law”). The Law will come into force 12 months following its publication. “Designs” are defined as the visual features of products (such as cars, electrical appliances, screen displays, furniture, jewelry, fashion, etc.), which are not purely utilitarian...

Labor Relations Update - (Israel)
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., July 2017

New Ruling – calculation of an hourly employee’s last wage for the purpose of calculating the severance pay to which he is entitled will be made according to the partiality of his position throughout the term of his employment On June 4, 2017, the National Labor Court rendered a judgment in Labor Appeal 44824-03-16 Y.B. See Resources Ltd. vs Adhenom Berh Teami (the “See Resources Case“)...

 

 

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