Chairman Haim Katz of the Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee delayed, Monday, a vote on a bill by Member of Knesset Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) that would allow a man to use up to 13 days of vacation and sick leave to accompany his wife to prenatal, delivery and postnatal treatments. Katz said not to accuse him of being against the idea but it should not be at the expense of the employers.
Zandberg reacted by asking, "What employer would prefer the worker reaches his work while his wife was still in the hospital and he is busy making arrangements and telephone calls? Even so, employers are not obliged to pay the first sick day and the next few days, after which they pay a portion. The legislative proposal presented here is an excellent compromise."
Katz said the vote will take place after input from the employers.