Business in Turkey


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Unemployment salary that is paid at the end of each month will be paid at the 5th day of the month in case the “Bag Law” gets into force in the following weeks. 

Intending to prevent inappropriate payments Article 50 of Law on Unemployment Insurance No. 4447 will be changed as mentioned above.

Entitled person may collect the unemployment salary from the (PTT) post offices.


Unemployment benefit, also called "Jobseekers Allowance" or "Dole," is an allowance granted to insured employees who lost their jobs against their will.  In Turkey, it is simply referred as “unemployment salary” and paid to eligible workers in the scope of mandatory unemployment insurance in line with the Law on Unemployment Insurance No. 4447.


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Work permit applicants will be required “Registered Electronic Mail Address (KEP-Turkish acronym)” during their work permit application.

In the announcement of Ministry of Labor and Social Security, General Directorate of International Labor Force, dated 25 October 2017, it is stated that renewal of Work Permit Application System is about to be completed; and new system will put into practice soon.

As per the said announcement;

  • Applicants of all work permit applications and of the foreigners who apply for independent and permanent work permit must have a “Registered Electronic Mail Address.”
  • It will be obligatory to file the applications with e-signature.
  • In case the applicant doesn’t have any KEP account and e-signature, application will not be possible.

Paid and Unpaid Leaves in Turkey

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Leaves with pay and unpaid leaves are always mixed up. We will try to enlighten you on the matter briefly.


Leave of absences arranged in provisional article 2 of Labor Law 4857 are as follows;

  • Marriage Leave: 3 days in the event of employee’s marriage,
  • Bereavement Leave: 3 days death in the event of employee’s mother, father, spouse, brother or sister, and child,
  • Adoption Leave: 3 days in the event of employee’s adoption of a child,
  • Paternity Leave: 5 days in case of employee’s spouse giving birth,
  • Leave for Disabled child: employed parents whose child has at least seventy percent disability or chronic disease based on medical report, shall be allowed to take up to 10 days leave of absence with pay in a year for attending the treatment of the child; on condition that leave may be taken only by one of the parents and without interruption or segments

These payments are covered by the employer.

Turkey to Continue with Summer Time All the Year Round

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While most of the European countries, as well as some other countries of the world are preparing to set their clocks 1 hour back on Sunday, 29 October 2017, Turkey will remain in Summer time-DTS.

After a cabinet decree, dated 8 September 2016, summer time, which is also called DTS (Daylight Saving Time), became the country's non-changing standard time.

Taxable Income Brackets Will Not Change in 2018

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Based on Finance Minister’s last week announcement we had informed you that the tax rate applied to 3rd income bracket will be increased to %30 from %27 in 2018. However, during the discussion in the General Assembly this arrangement has been removed from the draft law (Draft law on Amending Some Tax Laws and Governmental Decrees), and taxable income brackets will be the same next year.

Effect of Unpaid Leave on Annual Vacation Calculation

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Annual vacation –also called paid annual leave- is a right given to employees to have a rest within a year. Leave periods usually depend on the length of service.

On the other hand employees may take unpaid leaves for various reasons that may be statutory or arisen from employee’s personal needs.

The unpaid leaves may affect the computation of the length of service required to qualify for paid annual leave differently. As a rule, unpaid leaves are not taken into consideration in the calculation of employee’s seniority, i.e. these periods are deemed as non-worked days.

For example: Employee’s employment start date is 10 October 2017.  If he uses 10 days unpaid leave, his entitlement to annual vacation will start in 20 October of 2018.

Cabinet Decree on Turkey - Belgium Social Security Agreement Issued

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Turkish Cabinet Decree No. 2017/10679 on “Social Security Agreement between Republic Of Turkey and Kingdom of Belgium,” which is approved by Law No. 6982 as to be implemented , has been issued in duplicate Official Gazette  No. 30194, dated 28 September 2017.

As we have already informed you that the Social Security Agreement between Turkey and Kingdom of Belgium signed in Ankara on 11th April 2014 had been adopted in Parliament and the related Law No. 6982 had been published in the Official Gazette on 3rd April 2017.

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