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Laws for Lunch Breaks

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Last Updated on February 18, 2015

Laws for Lunch Breaks – Am I entitled to one?

Hebrew: הפסקות אוכל בעבודה


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This is the labor law in Israel:

(a) In any working day of six or more hours, work shall cease for rest and refreshment for not less than ¾ of an hour, including one continuous break of not less than half an hour. On the day preceding the weekly rest or a festival, the break shall be for not less than half an hour.

(b) A break shall not exceed three hours.

(c) During a break lasting for half an hour or more, an employee may leave his place of work, unless his presence at his place of work is essential to the work process or to the working and use of the equipment and he has been required by his employer to remain at his place of work, and, in such a case, the period of the breaks shall be regarded as part of the working hours


Our Health Tips

Get up and walk away from your desk during your break.  If you stay at your desk your employee is likely to get confused and he will expect you to be there all the time.  Get healthy and go for a short walk.


Tension Neck Syndrome

Tension neck syndrome (TNS) can occur when the neck and upper shoulders are held in a fixed, awkward position for long periods of time, TNS can cause neck and shoulder pain, muscle tightness, and tenderness.

What’s the solution?

Do neck stretching and neck lengthening exercises at least once an hour. Make sure your chair is at the right height and that it has good back support.


Eyestrain or eye fatigue

Eyestrain may cause your eyes to itch or burn. It may also cause headaches and interfere with your vision. To prevent eyestrain, or the more common ‘computer vision syndrome’, your eyes should be about an arms length away from your computer screen. You should be able to comfortably read what’s on your screen at that distance, without having to squint. 

What’s the remedy?

Clicking on the CTRL and the + (plus) key simultaneously on your computer’s keyboard will zoom into the content.  Similarly the CTRL and – (minus) keys will zoom out of the content. The Mayo Clinic suggests the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.



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