Research Handbook on Labour, Business and Human Rights Law
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Research Handbook on Labour, Business and Human Rights Law

Edited by Janice R. Bellace and Beryl ter Haar

Inquisitive and diverse, this innovative Research Handbook explores the ways in which human rights apply to people at work, through national constitutional provisions, judicial decisions and the application of rights expressed in supranational instruments. Key topics include evaluation of the role of the ILO in developing and promoting internationally recognized labour rights, and the examination of the meaning of the obligation of business to respect human rights, considering the evolution from international soft law to incorporation in codes of conduct and the emerging requirement of due diligence.
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Chapter 9: The architecture of human rights at work in Israeli law

Guy Mundlak


In the first case raising employees' privacy issues in Israel, the employer argued that employees deposit their right to privacy when they enter the workplace. The courts rejected the claim, and by now it is well established that human rights are stored in a backpack that is attached to the human whether she is in the public or private spheres, and clearly when she is at work. In the last two decades the Israeli judiciary established a detailed jurisprudence of human rights at work, devising a Bill of Rights for employees. The Bill of Rights includes the freedom of occupation, right to privacy, free speech, equality, freedom of belief and conscience and the right to dignity. On the same basis, the courts also recognized the employer's rights to property the freedom of contract. The chapter seeks to understand the legal infrastructure constituting the employees' Bill of Rights and its outcomes.

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