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Draft Code Suggests Canceling Severance Pay, Starts Debates

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Draft Code Suggests Canceling Severance Pay, Starts Debates	The Turkish government’s plans to sharply reduce severance payments in a bid to increase firms’ competitiveness has sparked debate even before related legislation is officially launched. The new planned system seems to disfavor employees, some say. A radical cut in severance payments, one of the main reforms expected as part of Turkey’s new national employment strategy, has fired up debates even before it has been officially announced.

Workplace Bullying: A Global Overview

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Workplace Bullying: A Global Overview	Think about sexual harassment. It's not done. And yet until not that long ago it was something that was done flagrantly – and constantly - with a wink and a nod. It still happens, but less, and public perception has changed.


Yet in the United States, workplace bullying has been found to be four times more prevalent than sexual harassment.

It's not just the United States that has a problem. At the Work, Stress, and Health 2011 conference, bullying expert Staale Einarsen of Norway described the workplace bullying field as "exploding." And in Denmark, an article in the Copenhagen Post online in March 2010 quoted the Minister of Employment as stating that workplace bullying had become such a huge problem across the country that a special system needed to be set up to tackle it.

Turkey Steps Up Gender Equality Cooperation With EU

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Turkey Steps Up Gender Equality Cooperation With EU	As women's participation in the Turkish labor market remains lower than that of European Union member states and other OECD countries, Turkey is taking measures with relevant European bodies to close the gap.

One such measure, announced today, is an EU funded project titled "Promoting Gender Equality in Working Life," being undertaken with the Turkish Prime Ministry's General Directorate on the Status of Women, or KSGM, and the Turkish Ministry of Labor. The 18-month project targets the gaps in Turkey's legislation in comparison with EU legislation, to avoid gender discrimination in the work place and is supported by experts from Germany and Austria.

Starting Business Without Branches or Subsidiaries

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Starting Business Without Branches or Subsidiaries	A foreign company may desire to enter the Turkish market without establishing a branch or a subsidiary respectively. For that purpose the foreign company may make use of:

• an independent sales agent,
• an independent distributor.

Even if the foreign company wants to set up its own branch or subsidiary in Turkey it is always worthwhile considering whether the marketing and sales functions should be done by employed personnel or by independent sales agents/distributors.

Turkey's Law Number 6111

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Turkey's Law Number 6111	A new amnesty law has been introduced in Turkey that allows for settlement of existing tax liabilities and immunity against a potential tax audit for individual taxpayers.Turkey’s Law number 6111 (referred to as the “Tax Amnesty law”) was published in the official gazette (Resmi Gazete) on 25 February 2011, and entered in to force on the same day.
This Flash International Executive Alert aims to provide general insight and explain the provisions of the Tax Amnesty law affecting individual taxpayers only.

Working in Turkey

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Working in TurkeyThere is a lot of paperwork to be done before you start working in Turkey.
Work Permits are either obtained from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (Çalışma ve Sosyal Güvenlik Bakanlığı) or from the Consulates of Turkish Republic abroad.

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