reserve army duty for women emunahEmunah supports a bill submitted by MK Eitan Cabel that would enable the wives of IDF reservists to start their workday an hour later or leave work an hour earlier while their husbands are on reserve duty, in recognition of the important public contribution made by these women.

The purpose of the proposed law is to ease the burden borne by reservists' wives, who not only have to adhere to their regular work schedules while their husbands are away on duty, but must also shoulder additional household and childcare tasks.

It should be emphasized that the bill is not conceived as a benefit for IDF reservists' wives, but rather as a means of preventing the certain wage reduction that these women suffer when they have to go to work late in the morning and/or leave work early because they are caring for their children alone while their husbands are away on duty. The proposed law seeks to make things easier for reservists' wives by allowing them to be absent from work for one hour per day so that they can care for their children and perform household tasks without suffering a wage penalty – equalizing their conditions with those of women who are not affected by spousal reserve duty. (The bill also applies to the reverse situation, in which a woman fulfills her reservist obligation while her husband remains at home; in this case the husband would be entitled to the daily hour of work reduction.)

Regarding employers, the proposed law allows them to claim and receive compensation from the National Insurance Institute for their female employees' absences, as in the existing arrangement for reservists themselves.

In these times, when the importance of serving in the IDF and making a contribution to the army is a frequent topic of public discussion, it is also crucial that the conditions of women who bear the reserve-duty and state-security burden be equalized with those of women who do not, and that their lives be made easier, if only slightly, during their husbands' reserve service periods.

 

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