Business in Turkey

The Employee’s Consent Shall Be Required for Overtime Work and Works At Extra Hours

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the-employee-s-consent-shall-be-required-for-overtime-work-and-works-at-extra-hoursAs 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.

Official Mobbing Numbers Are Released

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official-mobbing-numbers-are-releasedDr. Mehmet Ozan Uzkut, the President of MOBDER, the Association to Fight against Mobbing, declared that big companies are using mobbing as a tool not to pay compensation to their employees. Uzkut added that there have been 3,000 mobbing complaints and 600 were concluded as mobbing cases.

İstanbul 28th in newly published global city index

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istanbul-indexBy Klaus Jurgen

Measuring the quality of life in any city or town is a complicated scientific task. While necessary, over-focusing on questions such as “Are you happy?” will not automatically lead to making correct assumptions about a town's range of amenities or infrastructure development!

While some argue that the size and comforts of one's private home are crucial, others say easily accessible cultural attractions are a decisive factor. In this context, a new report published on Friday ranks various cities located in different countries. İstanbul came in 28th.

Can we work flexible hours? Really?

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can-we-wrok-flexible-hours-reallyBy Ela Erozan Gursel

Flexible work has become the norm in England due to the economic recession. The work conditions of the flexible work are determined by zero-hour contracts widely preferred by employers. These contracts favor the employers over employees by paying only the hours worked. There is neither guarantee of work for the employee nor minimum work hours during the contract period. The employer is not obligated to hire the employee for the contract period but if the employer needs the employee to work for a certain period of time, the employee has no choice but work for the employer obliged by the contract terms. In other words, the zero hour contracts are perfect for employers who want an army of flexible workers with no strings attached. Almost as a SaaS where you get to pay as much as you utilize the service.

More and Better Jobs for Women: Women’s Empowerment through Decent Work in Turkey

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Women-EmpowermentThe overall objective of the project that is implemented by ILO and the Turkish Employment Agency, IŞKUR, is to contribute to women’s empowerment in Turkey by providing decent work opportunities through capacity development of relevant institutions, active labour market policy (ALMP) interventions and enhancing awareness on gender, women’s human rights and rights at work. The project will enable the preparation of a nation-wide policy framework on women employment, the integration of gender sensitive and rights-based approaches into active labour market policies and the identification of occupations that offer more decent employment opportunities for women in project provinces. This will be achieved through improving capacities of relevant institutions at national and local levels to design and implement employment as well as awareness raising interventions for women.

Archive established for Turkish public culture

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hacivat-ile-karagoz‘Karagöz,’ a critical aspect of Turkey’s collective past, will be in the archive.

The Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry is forming an archive of public culture with 172,435 documents including notes, gramophone records, photos, videos, ethnographic tool and Karagöz depictions.

Take baby steps in 2014

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Take baby steps in 2014by Ela Erozan Gursel

The year 2013 is coming to en end. How was the year for you? How did you feel about yourself? Accomplished or failed, happy or unhappy, hard working or lazy.

Every year-end I like to look back and write down what I have done, what opportunities I missed, what failures or mistakes… in sum, I want to find out what I can do better next year. This year I got an email from a Linkedin connection, Jeroen De Flander from the Performance Factory team. After reading what he wrote on a simple method to accomplish more next year, I was inspired. Instead of putting pressure on myself and accomplishing a 15 bullet to-do-list to accomplish more, I can just follow De Flander’s baby steps… and accomplish even more… Happy 2014!

And 2014 Council of Europe Museum Prize goes to BAKSI MUSEUM

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And 2014 Council of Europe Museum Prize goes to BAKSI MUSEUMStrasbourg, 03.12.2013 - The Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2014 has been awarded to the Baksi Museum in Bayburt (Turkey) by the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

This museum is an example of the personal vision of its founder, Hüsamettin Koçan, and 160 contemporary artists around him, who aspired to bring a high standard of art and design to an under-developed rural area of Northern Anatolia. The museum aims to bridge the gap between the centre and the periphery, helping the local population to remain culturally and economically rooted in their territory and to sustain cultural memory by reviving traditional weaving and textile manufacturing.

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