Press members severance pay is arranged in a different way due to nature of the profession.
Press Labor Law (Law on Sector Regulations between Press Employees and Employers) No. 5953; persons employed in periodical newspapers and magazines, news and photograph agencies, news departments of radio and television companies as;
- Writer, news reporter, painter, cartoonist, newspaper photographer, cameraman, translator, editor, news director, speaker, commentator,
- Person engaged in literary and artistic works in the press and media are deemed press members.
Persons who are not contributing in the forming of news are not considered as press members and not subject to Press Labor Law, even though they are employed in radio, TV or newspaper; namely accountancy personnel, driver, secretary, marketing, sales and uplink personnel.
ENTITLEMENT TO SEVERANCE PAY
Press employees who have total five 5 years of service in profession, including under different employers, are entitled to severance pay. Severance pay is equal to last 30 days’ gross wages for each full year of employment. For a portion of a year, pro rata payment should be made, but periods less than 6 months are not taken into calculation.
In case the press employee gets severance pay from his prior employer and starts to work in another press establishment, the new severance payment entitlement of the employee will be calculated from the date the employee starts his work in the new establishment. However different terms can be put in the employment contracts.
Unlike the normal employees, there is no maximum limit for severance pay of press member.
Press members’ severance pay equal to 24 months are free of income tax and the exceeding part is taxable.
In case employer proves that he is having payment difficulty, severance may be paid in instalments, provided that total pay period doesn’t exceed 1 year.