The Late Ditza Raphaly
Collective Labor Law – The Firm focuses primarily on active involvement through support and crises management in collective labor relations, beginning with identifying the core of the conflict and forming legal and organizational strategies, through routing the process to resolve the conflict, charting strategies, including alternatives to changing situations during the conflict, and the active management of collective negotiations, until securing wage agreements, labor agreements, and agreements anchoring employees’ rights during any privatization process, acquisitions and mergers. The Firm provides ongoing support in the relationship between the employees and employers in both the public and private sectors. Advocates Benny Cohen, Eli Cohen, Karen Kutas-Amitay and Ester Hershkovitz-Ronen are responsible for this area.
Organizational Changes, Mergers, Dispositions, and Privatizations – The Firm is very much involved in organizational changes, mergers, and privatizations. These areas have gained momentum in recent years, building on the growing trend of the privatization of government and public enterprises. In this area, the Firm is aided by representatives of the employees in the workplace, in the realm of negotiations with management, before signing the collective agreement, to secure the rights of employees in a merger, sale or privatization, to secure a “safety net” for the transition period and obtaining appropriate grant funds that express the contribution of employees over the years.
The Firm is an initiator and pioneer in forming integrated teams of lawyers, economists, lobbyists, and media experts to deal with workplace crises, ranging from the initial stage, before the declaration of a labor dispute, to the formulation and signing of a collective agreement. This initiative stems from the realization that a successfully organized struggle requires comprehensive and professional planning and that the results and achievements of the struggle require integrated efforts in the legal, political, economic and media fields, alike.
Privatization Processes and Major Organizational Changes Being Handled by the Firm – structural change of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, the planned merger of Union Bank with Mizrahi Bank, the privatization of Union Bank, Discount Bank, Bank Leumi, the representation of Bank Mishkan employees during the Bank’s merger with Bank Ha’poalim, the representation of Arab-Israel Bank employees during the merger with Bank Leumi, the representation of Discount Mortgage Bank employees during the merger process with Discount Bank, the representation of Bank Otsar Ha’Hayal and Bank Massad employees during the transfer of ownership of said banks to the First International Bank; representation of Bank Otsar Ha’Hayal employees after the Bank’s merger into the First International Bank, the representation of Blue Square employees at the time of its sale to the Dudi Weissman- Bronfman group, the representation of Tnuva employees in their struggle to receive grants upon the corporate sale – the first grant when transferring ownership to Apax and a second grant when transferring ownership to Bright Food, the representation of Israel Military Industries employees in the process of selling its plants, the representation of technical-professional employees in the process of the transfer to RAFAEL from the status of a support unit of the Ministry of Defense to a government company. Advocate Benny Cohen and the Firm’s staff are personally involved with the employees’ representatives before and during any organizational changes, thus preventing any possible harm to employees and contributing to the improvement of their employment conditions.
Workers’ Committee – Management Relations – the Firm deals with the working relations between workers’ committees and management, in the various workplaces in the various sectors, and advises the committees on the regulation of the workers’ committee as required by the Histadrut Constitution, bylaws and collective agreements dealing with the status of the committee.
Personal Labor Law – The Firm handles various aspects of labor law, in the private sector, and offers a range of consulting services towards signing a personal employment contract especially tailored to the position, representation during hearings, representations for financial claims and requests for temporary and permanent relief in the courts, labor courts and disciplinary courts. The Firm has particular expertise in dealing with responses to audit reports whether internal audits or external audits or audits by the State Comptroller’s Office. Advocate Ami Fraenkel manages this particular field, and brings his extensive experience in collective and personal labor law issues, all allowing for optimization when dealing with the private sector.
Salary Anomalies – The field of salary anomalies focuses on the representation and support of labor unions in the public service as well as employees and retirees, dealing with the request of the Supervisor of Wages at the Ministry of Finance to cancel salary benefits and other payments, granted to employees by budgeted and supported entities, in the absence of the approval of the Supervisor according to the Budget Foundations Law.
National Insurance Institute – This field focuses on the representation and support of employees vis-à-vis the National Insurance Institute as well as insurance companies, following the termination of employment, following work-related accidents, occupational sicknesses, micro-traumas, disability and mobility, employer bankruptcy, corporate liquidation, and representations before medical committees.
Ensuring Pensioners’ Rights – The representation of pensioners during legal proceedings on budgetary pension and personal pension accruals. The Firm operates in this field jointly with pension advisors.
Representation in the Knesset – The Firm represents its clients at various Knesset committees. The Firm follows the agenda of the various Knesset committees, government decisions, and proposed bills, identifies issues related to labor relations under discussion, and examines in advance the expected consequences of the decisions and proposals of law, for employees. This legal field is managed by Advocate Meir Assaraf, who specializes in public policy and legislation, and holds approved lobbyist certification in the Knesset.
Litigation – The Firm handles litigation in the field of collective and personal labor law.
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