Yes. Planning and scheduling the annual vacation is at the employer’s discretion. Employer is not bounded by the start and end dates of the annual leave demanded by employee, and may determine different dates. In Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, workplaces may choose to go to annual shutdown. In …

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Missing Day Notification for Foreign Employees


As per the SSI announcement, dated 18 March 2019, missing day reasons are widened for foreigners. In Turkey’s legislation, number of working days within a month is considered 30 regardless of the actual number of days in the month. Apart from maternity leave days, foreign employees were considered to work …

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Work Permit Quota and Reduced Minimum Wage in Tourism Sector


As per the announcement of International Labor Force General Directorate, dated 26 April 2019, between 1 January – 1 July 2019, minimum wage paid to foreigners can be equal to current minimum wage applied to Turkish citizen employees (gross 2558.40 TRY) in the following tourism establishments: –Establishments licensed or not …

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Equality of Foreign Employees in Labor Legislation


According to Turkish Constitution and Labor Law “No discrimination based on language, race, sex, political opinion and religion or similar reasons is permissible in the employment relationship”. In principle, foreign national and Turkish citizen workers are equal before the law, however some restrictions aimed at protecting native labor force may …

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Turkey Plans a Severance Payment Fund


The “severance payment fund,” a longstanding issue of Turkey, has been brought to agenda again in the presentation of new reform packet revealed by the Finance Minister on 10th of April. Both labor and employer representatives have being expressing their reservation about the proposed scheme during last 40 years. However, …

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Time in Lieu in Turkish Labor Law


An employee may choose to take off (time in lieu) instead of receiving overcharged wages for the over-time or extra works he/she has performed. As per article 63 of Labor Law No. 4857, standard weekly working time is maximum 45 hours. Working time for miners working underground is maximum 7.5 hours daily …

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Reminder about Daylight Saving Time


We would like to remind you that Turkey has already switched to permanent summer time last year, and the Daylight Saving Time (DTS) is the country’s non-changing standard time fixed on GMT +3. However, many European countries, as well as some other countries of the world will set their clocks …

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FAQ about Notice Period


Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive on notice period. WHAT IS NOTICE PERIOD? A notice is a written notification informing that employment contract will be terminated within the period determined by the Labor Law No. 4857.   In the case of terminating an open-ended employment …

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3 Months Additional Employment Support for Employers


A new employment support for employers has been introduced by the Law No. 7662 “Amendment on the Social Services Law,” issued in The Official Gazette dated 22 February 2019. WHICH EMPLOYERS BENEFIT FROM THE NEW EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT? Support will be applied as an additional employment incentive like the former employment …

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Occupational Health and Safety Administrative Fines 2019


Administrative fines to be applied according to Occupational Health and Safety Law N. 6331 are increased by 23.73% in 2019, in accordance with the revaluation rate determined for the new-year. Amounts of the fines for the violations specified article 26 of said law are as follows. Type of Violation Hazard …

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