Affirmative action for immigrants in civil service moves forward

Government offices will have to implement affirmative action for recent immigrants and the ultra-orthodox in their hiring practices, if a bill authorized Tuesday for a first reading in the Knesset Law, Constitution and Justice Committee becomes law.

The amendment to the Civil Service Law, proposed by United Torah Judaism MKs Moshe Gafni and Uri Maklev, originally only required “appropriate representation” for haredim in the civil service and on the boards of government companies, but new olim were added at Immigration and Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin’s insistence.


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