Turkish Labor Law contains many provisions creating positive discrimination (which is praiseworthy) for female employees, however until recently male workers had not got any parental leave.
By the new arrangements came into effect in last two years, male employees whose spouse has given birth, or adopters of a child are granted paid and unpaid leaves.
Leave of absence with pay (paternity leave)
* Female employee will be allowed to take 5 days paid leave in case of his spouse has given birth.
* Weekends and national holiday coinciding with leave period are not taken into consideration, so the leave may be over 5 days in these cases.
* In determining the right to annual leave with pay, the paternity leave periods will be treated as having been worked.
* Also, father (or any of the parents) may take 10 days paid leave to attend his treatment of the child who has at least seventy percent disability or chronic disease.