Payment of the benefit


Unemployment benefits are paid according to your appearance to the Employment Service. The number of days for which you will receive unemployment benefits may change from month to month depending on the number of possible days of work for each month, days that do not involve Shabbat days.

Appearing in accordance with the Employment Services directives during the month will entitle you to a payment for all possible days of work during that month.

Date of payment

Unemployment benefits are paid on the 17 of the month or near that date, in accordance with your days of reporting over the previous month.
The date of payment of the benefit may change for some months of the year due to holidays, for updated days of payment on our benefits payments calendar.

How payment is made?

Unemployment benefits are paid directly to a bank account on your name as sole or joint beneficiary, and according to the information you have disclosed when you filed the claim.

Important information

  • First five days of unemployment - unemployment benefits are not paid for the first 5 days of unemployment for each of 4 consecutive months, starting from the date of your first appearance at the Employment Service. These days are not deducted form the scope of unemployment days to which you are entitled.
  • Voluntary cessation of work - if you have willingly stopped working at your job, without justification, you can start receiving unemployment benefits only after a period of 90 days since the date of cessation of work.
  • Payment of vacation pay - you are not paid unemployment benefits for the period during which have received vacation pay from your employer, which are paid according to the Annual Vacation, Collective Agreement and Work Contract Law.
  • Payment for absence of prior notice - you will not be paid unemployment benefits for the period during which your employer paid you compensation for absence of prior notice to layoffs, in accordance with the Prior Notice Law (for up to a month at most).
  • Failing to report to the Employment Service - if you did not report to the Employment Service at the day scheduled for you, you will not receive payment of unemployment benefits over days relating to the previous reporting until your next reporting at Employment Service.
    If you have started working and, as a result, did not report on your scheduled day, you have to notify that to the assessment officer at the Employment Service, in order to receive payment of unemployment benefits for days preceding the start of your job.
  • Refusal of a job offer - if the Employment Service offered you an adequate job, or a professional training, advanced study or retraining, and you have refused to take it, you will not receive payment of unemployment benefits for 90 days since the day of your refusal, each time you refuse, and 30 days will be reduced from your maximum days of unemployment.

Staying abroad

If during the period of unemployment you have travelled abroad, and failed to report to Employment Service as required, you will not receive payment of unemployment benefits for the period you did not report to Employment Service.
Upon your return to Israel, you will be able to continue receiving unemployment benefits according to your reporting to Employment Service, until exhaustion of the quota of unemployment days you were given during the unemployment period.