(May 2, 2008) On April 2, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Encouragement of Incorporation and Advancement of Women at Work and of Adjustment of the Labor Environment to Women Law, 5768-2008. The Law is designed to bring about a change in the business culture and enhance public awareness to encourage the incorporation and advancement of women in the labor force.
The Law establishes a public Committee for Incorporation and Advancement of Women in the Labor Force. The Committee will advise the Minister of Industry, Trade and Employment (MITE) on issues related to grants and recognition awards to employers; provide consultation on research and experimental programs for finding ways to achieve the Law's objective; and give advice and support to employers regarding these ways. The Committee will be composed of a retired female judge; representatives of the authority for equal opportunity at work and of the authority for promoting the status of women; representatives of the Ministry of the Treasury, the MITE, a labor organization, and an employers organization; two representatives of women rights organizations; and two members of academia who are experts in the subject of the Committee. (Encouragement of Incorporation and Advancement of Women at Work and of Adjustment of the Labor Environment to Women Law, 5768-2008, the Knesset Web site (last visited Apr. 15, 2008).)