A new law pertaining Retirement Age Law for a person whose child has died was promulgated on December 14, 2017.
The general Retirement Age Law, which was enacted in 2004, prescribed that the mandatory retirement age is 67, and that employers can force an employee to retire once he reaches that age.
Notwithstanding the general Retirement Age Law, the new law prescribes that an employee who has worked at the same workplace for at least seven years prior to reaching the mandatory retirement age, and whose child has died, will not be obligated to retire at age 67 and will be entitled to continue working, if he wants to, until the age of 71, and the employer will be prevented from forcing him to retire.
The new law applies to employers who employ more than 25 employees. The law will not apply to particular professions specified in the law, such as firefighters, police officers, pilots, prison guards and security service personnel.
In essence, that employee whose child has died and will not be interested in retiring, but will request to continue working after reaching the age of 67, will be allowed to do so and his employer will not be allowed to force him to retire.
The law does not specify any specific causes for the death of a child and therefore, at this stage, the law will apply to every parent whose child has died, unless otherwise specified in the regulations.
If an employer is found in violation of this law, the labor court was authorized to award financial compensation to the employee, even without proof of financial damage.
At this stage, the law will be in effect for only four years as of 01.01.2018, and the Minister of Social Equality is tasked with conducting research in this regard and submitting his findings within three years.