Justice Min. to Reform Labor Court

The Justice Ministry has initiated changes in how the Labor Courts are run, in an attempt to make them more efficient. The amendments to the law would reduce the number of judges hearing cases, expand the authority of judges and registrars, and add stricter requirements for the appointment of public representatives, who also serve as Labor Court judges.

The recommendations are based on the conclusions of a committee headed by former Supreme court justice Yitzhak Zamir.

The new rules would also reduce the number of judges from the National Labor Court hearing appeals, and allow court registrars to decide cases pertaining to employees' rights up to the sum of NIS 39,200. The appointment of public representatives would be taken away from the justice and industry, trade and labor ministers and given to a public committee.

The Manufacturers Association wants to remove public representatives from all regional labor courts, and leave them only on the national court.