A migrant worker employed by the President’s Residence to care for the first lady Nechama Rivlin has turned out to not have the proper documents to allow her to work legally.
The president’s wife’s medical condition has worsened recently and an assistant was hired via an agency. However, a few months after being hired, it was revealed by Channel 13 that the home aid lacked proper documentation.
The law states that a foreign worker is only allowed to work for the individual he or she was originally hired to care for. Upon their passing, the worker is to return to their home country. But many workers ignore that clause and remain to work for another family.
The agency that hired the aid was supposed to vet her to determine her legal status but apparently failed to do so appropriately. The woman did however undergo a Shin Bet security clearance check before beginning work at the residence.
The president and his wife were unaware of the aid’s status and as soon as they found out that she was illegal they turned to the relevant Interior Ministry department to solve the issue.