Business in Turkey

Employee Personnel Files

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employee personnel files

One of the most important and legally necessary instrument that should be created and maintained by personnel departments are the personnel files of employees. Although the documents and records kept in the file may vary as regard to qualification of employee and nature of business, some of them are essential. The complete, well-arranged and updated documents all in one place will be very useful and at hand when the employer wants to make any kind of decisions relating to employees, and also they have evidential value for the official authorities and before the courts in case of audit or lawsuits.

Turkish Labor Law No. 4857, Article 75 stipulates that; “The employer shall arrange a personnel file for each employee working in his establishment. In addition to the information about the employee’s identity, the employer is obliged to keep all the documents and records which he has to arrange in accordance with this Act and other legislation and to show them to authorized persons and authorities when requested.”

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.

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