As per the Labor Law, No: 4587, Article 41, works which exceed forty-five hours a week are defined as overtime. Employer may request employees to work overtime, not exceeding 270 hours per year. Further, the employee’s consent shall be required for overtime work, in January each year. In Turkey one of the most notably conflict between the employee and employer is encountered in the field of overtime wages and benefits.
Overtime work may be performed for purposes such as the country’s interest, the nature of the operation or the need to increase output. Overtime work is work which, under conditions specified in this Act, exceeds forty-five hours a week. . In cases where the principle of balancing is applied in accordance with Article 63, work which exceeds a total of forty-five hours a week shall not be deemed overtime work, provided the average working time of the employee does not exceed the normal weekly working time.