Business in Turkey

Change on the Support for Employing Registered Unemployed

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In case the employed person is not notified as insured more than 10 days in the workplace’s SSI premium and service documents within three months period preceding the working start date, employer will benefit from the support for employing registered unemployed of İŞKUR.

As we informed you before, private sector employers will be refunded daily 22,22 TRY of total SSI premiums to be paid for each personnel who are employed amongst the registered unemployed of İŞKUR until 31st December 2017, according to Cabinet Decree/687, issued in Official Gazette No. 29974, dated 9th February 2017.

Summer Time-DST Starts in Europe

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Most of the European countries, as well as some other countries of the world set their clocks 1 hour   forward on Sunday, March 26, 2017.

However, Turkey have been already in Summer time-DTS and clocks will remain the same, because the clocks in Turkey had not been set back one hour to pass into winter time last year throughout the entire country. The currently implemented summer time, which is also called DTS (Daylight Saving Time), became the country's non-changing standard time.

Time Zone of Turkey

Turkey's time is Eastern European Time (EET).
Stable Time zone will stay at UTC/GMT +3 hours. There will be no winter time adjustment.

Turkey were normally synchronized with European countries as regard to DST change, however the government, with a cabined decree, dated 8 September 2016, decided that from then on summer time will stay stable in order to make more use of daylight during the winters.

As a result of this decision Turkey will stay on GMT/UTC + 3 all-round the years while many of the countries in the World and Europe will set back and forward their clocks in winter and summer.

Workplaces That Will Enter into Private Pension Implementation on April

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We would like to remind you that the workplaces employing 250 (Inc.) to 1000 (Excl.) personnel will start to enter into contracts with pension companies and offer pension plans to the employees as of 1st April 2017

However, in case the number of employed personnel is beyond the 1000 on 1st April 2017, workplace’s entrance date will be 1st January 2018, because workplaces can join the system only in case of having the required number of personnel at a specific gradual entrance date.                                           

As is known, Private Pension System, which is complementary to the mandatory state social security scheme in Turkey has been introduced by Law No. 6740 and entered into force as of 1st January 2017.

Tax Support for Employers of Registered Unemployed of İŞKUR

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As we informed you before; for each personnel who are employed amongst the registered unemployed of İŞKUR by the private sector employers until 31st December 2017, the withholding tax applied on minimum wage will be set-off from the withholding tax return after the minimum living allowance is applied. Besides, stamp tax deducted from minimum wage will not be declared and not paid.

Tax support will be applied in line with the following principles and procedures;

* Being valid for each worker employed until 31st December 2017,

* for the employed amongst the registered unemployed of Turkish Unemployment Agency (İŞKUR) by private sector employers as of 1st February 2017,

* provided that they are not included among the registered insured personnel of a company in their SSI premium and service documents within three months period preceding the working start date,

Turkey’s Turquoise Card Regulation Issued

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Implementation Regulation on Turquoise Card, the new introduced type of work permit that enables qualified foreigner to work in Turkey for an unlimited period of time, and grants the right of residence to his/her spouse and dependent children has been issued in Official Gazette No. 30007, dated 14th March 2017.

Turquoise Card owners will have the same rights as accorded to Turkish citizens after 3 years of transition period, excluding right to elect and be elected, or to enter into public service. And they will have no obligation of compulsory military service.

Applicants will be assessed by a point-based system based on the criteria determined by Directorate General; and a “certificate of suitability” will be required for some specific foreigners

Position Change in Workplace and its Consequences in Turkey

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Employment relation between employer and employee is established for a certain type of job expected from employees, however the requirements of a company may change in the course of time and employers want some of their personnel to work in different type of jobs or positions.

The change on the job description or in the position may not be welcomed by the employee and ensued conflicts are usually settled by the courts. 

Importance of Job description

Job description should include essential skills, training and education, as well as characteristic of job, duties and responsibilities of the personnel, in other words everything expected from the employee.

Change of Workplace and its Consequences in Turkey

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Changing an employee’s workplace location is a highly controversial issue in the implementation of Labor Law.

Main issues related to matter are whether;

  • Employees are obliged to accept the change?  
  • Or can terminate their employment contract for just cause?
  • Employer can dismiss the employee who doesn’t accept the change?
  • What kind of changes should be considered a substantial change?
  • Under which conditions a ground for termination with just cause is occur?

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