Labor & Employment

The Labor Law department provides its clients with a full range of services in all respects pertaining to Labor Law and workplace relations. As detailed below, this department has unique expertise that derives from the vast experience of its attorneys and the nature of the firm's general activity.
 
The department has a wide range of clients, encompassing, inter alia, publicly traded companies, international corporations, leading private local companies and public authorities. The department's clients operate in a variety of different spheres, including marketing and trade, telecommunications, vehicles, wine production, energy, hi tech, start-ups, finance, kibbutz industries and more. The department's clients include the National Labor Federation, Mekorot – Israel's National Water Company, the Jewish National Fund, Carmel Mizrahi Wines, the Raval group, the Tadir Gan group, Ginegar Plastic Products, Israel Weapon Industries, Meprolight, Camero-Tech, Israel Shipyards and Israel Shipyards Port, Telrad, BATM Advanced Communications, WebPick, Lease4u (Pacific Vehicle & Transportation), Afimilk, Maya Tour and more.
 
With the recent growth of Lipa Meir & Co., the Labor Law department has also expanded and is now one of Israel's three largest departments (among commercial firms).
 
The department is headed by Adv. Shabtai Michaeli, whom possesses years of experience representing international public companies and public agencies, as well as advising on employee unionizations. Adv. Michaeli has been involved in numerous cases that have created major legal precedents, changing and fashioning Israeli Labor Law, such as Bibiring v. El Al, which laid down rules regarding employee class actions against employers; Issakov v.Panaia et al., which determined clear provisions in which employers may monitor their employees' email; Bashir Koka v. Yossi Schwartz, which concerned the severance pay of Palestinian employees who were dismissed due to the Israeli disengagement from Gaza and more.
 
The expertise of the department's lawyers extends over numerous areas of Labor Law, including collective agreements, civil and criminal litigation and routine counsel on a variety of matters, including the assimilation of procedures and work methods, representation before the authorities, mergers and acquisitions, conducting negotiations between employers and employees. Additionally, the Labor Law department at Lipa Meir holds unique expertise on Israeli law pertaining to foreign workers, including dealing with Israeli work permits for foreign specialists.
 
The firm's attorneys boast particular expertise in corporate suspension of proceedings, recoveries and insolvency, representing both employers and unions in such matters. The department assists its larger clients to promote legislation in this sphere and its members are highly experienced in representing and advising companies and officers in suspensions of proceedings, recoveries and insolvency, having acted in some of the largest and most highly publicized cases in recent years, including Hadassah Hospital, Clalit Health Services, the Israel Post Office, Mega, Nortel, Scilex, Channel 10, Tnuva Export, Cementcal and others.
 
 The firm has unique proficiency in Labor Law in Asia. The Labor Law department has extensive experience acting on behalf of Israeli clients who operate in Asia, advising them on local labor law matters pertaining to the establishment and management of varied business ventures. The firm's attorneys specialize in local labor laws of a broad array of Asian countries, including China and Vietnam. The department provides its clients with comprehensive advice and representation when setting up operations in Asia, utilizing its connections with overseas firms as well as its own thorough knowledge, not only of Israeli law but also of the overseas law regarding the employment of Israelis abroad.
 
The Labor Law department operates in close collaboration with the firm's different departments in order to provide its clients with complete and comprehensive counsel, analyzing all the relevant issues that affect labor relations, such as the taxation of employees and options, intellectual property, commercial aspects and more.
 

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