N. Feinberg & Co., Law Office

About the Firm

N. Feinberg & Co., Law Office, was founded in 1973. It is Israel’s leading labour law firm and specialises in the representation of employers.

The legal services that we provide to our customers extend over the whole range of labour law, including the provision of routine advice, the preparation of legal opinions, the representation of employers in proceedings concerning collective and personal labour relations, litigation in the labour courts, the preparation of personal contracts of employment and collective labour agreements, backing collective negotiations and more.

Our clients include a long list of many of the country’s largest Israeli and international employers. Amongst others, we are retained by Israel’s largest financial corporations, communications companies, newspapers, statutory corporations, local authorities and other government and public companies. We also act for numerous industrial companies, international hi-tech companies, and pharmaceutical, food, transport, aviation and public utility companies.
The majority of the firm’s clients work with us on the basis of long-term retainers. A large proportion of our clients have been represented by us for many years. Alongside these old clients, the firm represents many others, including those who instruct us to deal with cases that are of particular legal or financial importance, and also other clients who have chosen to join the ranks of our diverse client base and now also retain us.

The experience and reputation that we have accumulated over the years have made us one of the leading firms in the sphere and according to Dun & Bradstreet Israel [1] we are the only one of Israel’s 50 largest law offices that specialises solely in labour law. Adv. Feinberg is one of Israel’s most highly experienced and respected specialists in labour law and has been highly acclaimed by numerous entities in the Israeli economy.

Numerous disputes that have been the subject of legal precedents are milestones not only in the history of the office but also in Israeli labour law.

Thus, for example, mention may be made of the labour dispute between the management of the Haaretz newspaper and the Journalists Association, which paved the way for the employment of journalists on personal contracts; the Amit case [2], in which the
Supreme Court held that Amit, founded by the Maccabi Health Maintenance Organisation, is not a trade union; the Elco case [3], in which the National Labour Court prescribed the organs who are authorised to sign collective agreements in the name of the Histadrut; the High Court of Justice case of Gonik v. The Ports Authority [4], involving the interpretation of collective agreements and the weight of the parties’ behaviour for that purpose, as well as the distinction between statutory and contractual rights; the case of the Airports Authority v. Zwili et al. [5], in which the High Court of Justice laid down ground rules with regard to the retroactive effect of a collective agreement’s approval in accordance with the Hours of Work and Rest Law; the case of Shazifi [6], in which the High Court of Justice held that an employee whose whole wage is paid in the form of commission is entitled to his wages being made up to the statutory minimum wage each month, although the employer may deduct the supplement from the employee’s commission in the following months; the Koren case [7], in which the High Court of Justice held that there is no statutory duty automatically to include the element of tax that has been grossed up in the regular wage for severance pay; the case of PEI [8], in which the National Labour Court upheld the legality of using an Ituran tracking device in order to monitor workers’ presence in the workplace... And, as mentioned above, these are just a few examples of dozens of important judgments that have set labour law precedents in which we have been involved over the years.

Our firm also specialises in advising and backing major corporations, including statutory and government companies, in all the labour law aspects associated with corporate restructuring. Thus, for example, in recent years we acted in the transition of Rafael Advanced Defence Systems from its status as a sub-division of the Israeli Ministry of Defence to an independent company (in 2002), the major reorganisation made by Bank Hapoalim, including the dismissal of staff and also Mishkan Bank’s merger with it (in 2003). The office also dealt with the separation of Israel Railways from the Ports Authority (in 2003), the merger of Tefahot Bank with United Mizrahi Bank (in 2004-2005), the division of the Ports Authority into four government companies (in 2005), the privatisation of Israel Discount Bank (2005), the privatisation of Mercantile Discount Bank (in 2005), the privatisation of Bank Leumi Le-Israel (in 2005), the acquisition of ClubMarket by Super-Sol (in 2005), the transition of the Postal Authority to a company (2006) and the sale of Bank Massad (2008).

Our firm takes part in a wide range of activity associated with the development and assimilation of labour law, including in the context of the Israeli Labour Law and Social Security Association and the events that it organises, writing articles, giving lectures, holding seminars and training sessions etc.

The firm’s “graduates” include Labour Court judges around the country, labour law advisers and numerous advocates in the private market.

The firm’s services are provided in both Hebrew and English.