Nov 27, 2014

Proposed Law: no more limbo for potential employees

Ever go on a job interview, and then hang in limbo, not knowing if you were rejected or if your candidacy is still being considered? You probably call back the company after a few days, or a week, maybe a few times, and try to get an answer or sme direction. Usually you'll be told something cryptic and still not quite know where you stand...

Well, Israel might soon have a law about that.

MK Chaim Katz (Likud) has proposed a law, that passed the Legislative Committee and is now being prepared for voting int he Knesset, that would obligate employers to respond in writing to candidates that were interviewed for a position.

Katz proposes that an employer would have to respond in writing within a week of a decision being made about the candidates status, if his candidacy is being rejected (obviously if the candidate is being hired the employer will inform him/her).

As well, if the employer is sifting through candidates for a position, the employer must inform the potential candidate within 90 days of the advancement of his status. If he does not, a fine can be levied on him of 5010nis (5010?).

Meaning, it is not just rejected candidates that are left hanging in limbo. Sometimes it takes a long time to compile enough candidates for a job, or maybe the position is not immediate, and they leave all the candidates hanging, even though they are still in the pool.

Now, if the law passes, employers have to let the candidate know what his status is, for good or for bad.

source: NRG

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  1. That's right, just grow government with more and more trivial laws ... for which they'll need lawyers, textbooks, salaries ...
    instead of keeping a low profile and getting out of the way of the citizen.

  2. I truly sympathize, especially since I was kept in limbo years ago by MDA for months (until an uninvolved friend informed me after about 3 or 4 months that MDA had lost the funding for the position); but Vanguard above is absolutely right. This just adds one more layer of bureaucracy and interference and bloat.

    I'm not sure that we can or should legislate derech eretz.

  3. I agree we legislate way too much. and being overly strict on the employer in workplace laws makes it discouraging for employers to hire.
    a. since the MKs are legislating anyway, at least they should be good laws.
    b. the MKs probably over-legislate because they have to justify their positions and salaries. I mean, what else do they get paid to do?

    1. A law which interferes with business and inflates the bureaucracy is NOT a good law.

    2. This is not a good law. It will increase the cost (mostly in time, but also somewhat in money) to the employer to interview, and will likely make it harder for job seekers, especially those who aren't a good fit on paper, to get an interview in the first place.

  4. Capitalism should work here - the companies who want good people, need to recruit with good communication. The companies who are fine with leftovers, can leave people hanging and take what's left when they're ready to decide.

  5. Should there be a law against potential employers demanding Facebook passwords so they can investigate your past? What about asking you about your marital status?
    Employers need to be put in their place. They simply cannot do whatever they want.


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