The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor issued an order that youth under the age of 18 are not allowed to be employed on Saturday, known in Hebrew as Shabbat. Globes business news reported one McDonald's outlet complained about the new directive stating that the teenagers had their parents permission to work and could earn up to 150% more than normal pay for working on the Jewish day of rest. Businesses that employ underage youth on Shabbat can be fined by the government. Not every McDonald's outlet in Israel is open on Shabbat.
One McDonald's outlet manager said they would be forced to hire non-Jewish workers instead. According to the McDonald's Israel website, 40 of their restaurants are kosher.