Microsoft Israel to Integrate Contract Employees as General Staff

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CTech – Microsoft’s Israeli research and development center will begin assimilating its contract workers as permanent staff members, according to an email sent to workers by the center’s General Manager Assaf Rappaport and reviewed by Calcalist.

Contract workers, hired through a third party company, are legally considered non-permanent workers, exempting their employers from paying some social benefits. Israeli law restricts contract employment to a nine-month period, requiring the company to either let the worker go or hire them as permanent staff. Many companies, however, use a loophole to fire workers after said period only to rehire them again under the same terms.

“After a long and complex process we are beginning to hire outside contractors and professional service providers as part of the general staff of our Israeli R&D center,” Rappaport said in the email. According to the email, the company will absorb about 100-130 contract workers, starting next month. The center currently employs over 1,200 people in Herzliya, a town north of Tel Aviv.

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