Business in Turkey

Turkey's Turquoise Card

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turkey-s-turquoise-cardTurquoise Card, a similar version of American "green card," will be given to foreigners whose qualifications, capacity and in-country activities are expected to make significant contribution to national economy, science and technology, investments and employment.

International Workforce Law No. 6735, one of  the main aim of which attracting the qualified foreigners, and  is in force as of 13 August 2016, introduced  a new type of work (or employment) permit, a certificate called " Turquoise Card"  that may grants eligible foreigners  to work permanently in Turkey.

For being qualified for permanent Turquoise Card foreigners should be found satisfying the conditions determined by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security within three years of transition period.

Responsibilities Of Employer

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Healthy labor relations in business word depend on the behavior of both the employer and employees. Duties, responsibilities and liabilities of the parties are laid down in many laws and regulation to ensure the labor peace.

In today’s article we want to touch employer’s responsibilities and obligations in which specified in various acts such as Occupational Health and Safety Law N. 6331, Labor Law N. 4857, Social Security and General Health Insurance Law N. 5510 and Law on Protection of Personal Data N. 6698.

Annual Leave From the Point Of Employer

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annual-leave-from-the-point-of-employerWe have, as we do every year, already refreshed our readers' and customers' knowledge on the "annual leave" which becomes the most important issue in labor relations during the holiday season of summer.  Our write-offs and marketing bulletins contains the general information on annual leave can be reached from the links stated at the end of the article, but today we want to touch some more specific points such as the employers' mandate, responsibility  and limitation on the matter.

Annual Leave Scheduling And Periods In Turkey

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It is about time for the employees start taking their vacations as the traditional holiday season summer is approaching, and HR departments are getting busy scheduling the annual leave of personnel without obstructing the continuity of business and productionthroughout the leave season. So it is time to refresh our/your knowledge on the regulations and main points ofannual leave in Turkish legislation.

Annual leave can defined as the paid number of days each year that an employee isallowed to be away from work for vacation, rest and relaxation. In Turkey annual leave procedures and principals are arranged in Articles 53 and 62 of Labor Law, No. 4857.

New Support For Employing On-The-Job Trainees

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"We train free of charge, you employ with premium incentive!"
This is the new motto of Turkish Employment Organization (İŞKUR) who offers training-on-the job programs on a complimentary basis, and provides premium support for employers of trained young.

Private sector establishments registered in İŞKUR may ask for a training-on-the job program in their own workplaces without going to any expense up to 320 actual workdays, and in case they wish to employ trained candidates at the end of the program, the employer contribution share of the social security premiums will be covered from the Unemployment Insurance Fund. Participant trainees should also be registered in the İŞKUR.

In the following paragraphs you may find the detailed information about "On the Job Training Programs," and the conditions or benefiting from "Premium Incentive".

2016 Work Permit Fees

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Work permit fees updated for 2016 are as follows;

Fixed Term Work Permit

• Up to 1 year (one year included): 191,00 TRY

• Up to 3 year(three years included): 575,40 TRY

Same fees are applicable for renewals.

Happy Women's Day: Part One - Women in Labor Law

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On the occasion of International Working Women's Day, we would like to present the provisions concerning women in Turkish Labor Legislation briefly to your attention. Subject of this first part will be the “Principle of Equal Treatment” and “Protective Provisions” concerning female employees.


Turkey is a party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly that defines the discrimination and the actions to be taken to end it.

Also, Article 10 of Constitution of the Republic of Turkey sets forth the principle Equality before the Law;

"All individuals are equal without any discrimination before the law, irrespective of language, race, color, sex, political opinion, philosophical belief, religion and sect, or any such considerations. Men and women have equal rights and the State is responsible to implement these rights…"
Equal treatment in employment and occupation is arranged in Article 5 of Labor Law No. 4857 which stipulates the employer’s obligation of equal treatment to employees regardless of their gender.

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