Housekeepers and employers of domestic workers

 
Who is considered an employer of a domestic worker?
An employer of a domestic worker is a person who employs someone who is considered a domestic worker, with the condition that the work connection between them continued or has continued for more than six days, even if the domestic worker worked intermittently during that period.
If you are the employer of a domestic worker, you must register as such with the local NII branch nearest your place of residence within two weeks of the day on which you began to employ the domestic worker; in addition, you must regularly report on the domestic worker’s work and pay insurance contributions on his or her behalf.

The requirement to register with the NII, to make regular reports and to pay insurance contributions also applies to the employer of a domestic worker who is not an Israeli resident.

The quickest and most efficient way of registering as the employer of a domestic worker is to fill out a Form for the Opening of a File as an Employer of a Domestic worker, which can be downloaded from the NII’s payments website, and to send it online to the NII. (Please note: The NII payments website supports only the Explorer browser.)

                
If you are the employer of a domestic worker, you must report regularly on his or her work and you must pay insurance contributions on his or her behalf four times a year on the following dates:
      • April 20 – for the months of January-March preceding the reporting date
      • July 20 – for the months of April-June preceding the reporting date
      • October 20 – for the months of July-September preceding the reporting date
      • January 20 – for the months of October-December preceding the reporting date

At the beginning of each year, the NII will send you a special voucher booklet for reporting and payment. You can also report and pay online by going to the NII payments website and using its Form for Payment of Insurance Contributions for a Domestic worker.

Tenants’ committees cannot report or pay for their domestic workers through the payments website.

                
Insurance contribution rates
For the table of insurance contribution rates and amounts for domestic workers – press here
If you are in arrears in your payment of insurance contributions
If you an employer of a domestic worker and you are in arrears in your payment of insurance contributions on his or her behalf, you will be required to pay insurance contributions in accordance with the domestic worker’s actual wages for each month in which you were in arrears, but not less than half of the average wage, that is, NIS 4,545 (as of Jan 01, 2014) . In addition, you will be required to pay a fine and linkage.
Eligibility for benefits
Domestic workers may be eligible for the following benefits:

Maternity benefit, child allowance, maintenance (alimony), survivors’ benefit, benefit to relatives of a person who has died as the result of a work accident, benefit to relatives of a person who has died as the result of a hostile action, work injury benefit, reserve service benefit, benefit for radiation-affected persons, benefit for persons with transfusion-acquired HIV, benefit for accident-injured persons, disability pension, benefit for special services to severely disabled persons, mobility benefit, benefit for injury sustained in the course of volunteer activity, old-age pension, income support, benefit to hostile action casualties, unemployment benefit, bankruptcy benefit (in the event of the bankruptcy of the insured’s employer).

A tip
For all matters pertaining to employer-employee relations, such as convalescence pay, vacations, vacation pay, sick pay, please contact the Work Relations Department in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor.
A domestic worker is a person who is hired to carry out household chores in the employer’s home or to perform cleaning duties in an apartment building. This category includes persons employed as caregivers for children, adults, elderly persons or those requiring nursing care (a full detailed list appears below).

The domestic worker performs jobs that are necessary for the proper maintenance and operation of a household or an apartment building and which are intended to help the occupant of the home and other family members in that household in its management.

Types of jobs included in the category of housekeeping: