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An Isracard employee who was injured during a company trip to the Galilee is defined as having had an accident at work. She is entitled to full compensation from the National Insurance Institute, a labor court ruled last week.

The Tel Aviv Labor Tribunal thus overturned a ruling from the National Insurance Institute, which had refused to recognize the case as a work accident.

Carmela Hanin went to work at Isracard, a Bank Hapoalim subsidiary, after the wave of dismissals at Hapoalim in 2003. In July 2003, Isracard took the workers of her division for a "team spirit" sort of trip to the Galilee, and moreover, told the workers that participation was mandatory.  The employer paid most of the costs, though the workers had to cover part. Families were not allowed to come.

Hanin appealed to the Labor Tribunal, arguing that she had not wanted to go on the trip at all, but was required to. During the sojourn up north, she tripped and injured her hand. She filed a claim with the National Insurance Institute but the institute rejected it, on the grounds that she had not been hurt at work. In her appeal, she argued that in fact, she had.

Since Isracard paid most of the costs of the trip, ruled the judge, and since Isracard had an interest in the existence of the annual outing (team spirit, as we said), the trip had to be considered working hours.