Every employer knows that when they fire an employee after more than one year of employment, that employee is due severance pay.
Similarly, every employer is aware that when the company or the business contracts the services of an independent subcontractor, pays them based on an invoice and does not issue them a salary slip, no obligation exists to pay that contractor social benefits or severance pay, since there is no employee-employer relationship between the parties.
Is that really the case?
Andre Lynn used to own a two-story building in Tel-Aviv - Jaffa. He sold it to a couple and the couple asked the Land Taxation Authorities to define the structure as a “residential apartment” to get an exemption from the betterment tax (for the seller) and reduced purchase tax (for the buyer).
In the business and real estate sphere, many documents are signed that bear the title "Letter of Agreement."
Usually, we are dealing with an initial document succinctly stating the agreement between the parties regarding a certain transaction: the nature of the transaction, price, parties' names and signatures.
Our dear friend, Sali Eilon, C.P.A, is a real-estate tax expert. Just this week, Sali posted an article concerning the change in the VAT rate that is expected to take effect on October 1st, and how this decision might potentially affect the real-estate market.
Doron and Eldad are the owners of a big construction company employing 300 employees.
Recently, Doron and Eldad have received demands from employees who claimed that no hearing was held with them before being dismissed from the company. Doron and Eldad turned to us to get explanations concerning this issue.
Does an unsigned agreement bind the parties?
Merav owns a commercial branding firm. Her firm is one of the market leaders. Its customers are real-estate development and high-tech firms who are in need of branding or re-branding services.