Legal News

Work Permit Quota and Reduced Minimum Wage in Tourism Sector


As per the announcement of International Labor Force General Directorate, dated 26 April 2019, between 1 January – 1 July 2019, minimum wage paid to foreigners can be equal to current minimum wage applied to Turkish citizen employees (gross 2558.40 TRY) in the following tourism establishments: –Establishments licensed or not …

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Equality of Foreign Employees in Labor Legislation


According to Turkish Constitution and Labor Law “No discrimination based on language, race, sex, political opinion and religion or similar reasons is permissible in the employment relationship”. In principle, foreign national and Turkish citizen workers are equal before the law, however some restrictions aimed at protecting native labor force may …

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Turkey Plans a Severance Payment Fund


The “severance payment fund,” a longstanding issue of Turkey, has been brought to agenda again in the presentation of new reform packet revealed by the Finance Minister on 10th of April. Both labor and employer representatives have being expressing their reservation about the proposed scheme during last 40 years. However, …

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Time in Lieu in Turkish Labor Law


An employee may choose to take off (time in lieu) instead of receiving overcharged wages for the over-time or extra works he/she has performed. As per article 63 of Labor Law No. 4857, standard weekly working time is maximum 45 hours. Working time for miners working underground is maximum 7.5 hours daily …

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Reminder about Daylight Saving Time


We would like to remind you that Turkey has already switched to permanent summer time last year, and the Daylight Saving Time (DTS) is the country’s non-changing standard time fixed on GMT +3. However, many European countries, as well as some other countries of the world will set their clocks …

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FAQ about Notice Period


Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive on notice period. WHAT IS NOTICE PERIOD? A notice is a written notification informing that employment contract will be terminated within the period determined by the Labor Law No. 4857.   In the case of terminating an open-ended employment …

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3 Months Additional Employment Support for Employers


A new employment support for employers has been introduced by the Law No. 7662 “Amendment on the Social Services Law,” issued in The Official Gazette dated 22 February 2019. WHICH EMPLOYERS BENEFIT FROM THE NEW EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT? Support will be applied as an additional employment incentive like the former employment …

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Occupational Health and Safety Administrative Fines 2019


Administrative fines to be applied according to Occupational Health and Safety Law N. 6331 are increased by 23.73% in 2019, in accordance with the revaluation rate determined for the new-year. Amounts of the fines for the violations specified article 26 of said law are as follows. Type of Violation Hazard …

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Durations and Deadlines of Work Permit Processes in Turkey


Durations and deadlines in work permit process are very important for foreign workers and their employers. Missed deadlines may cause the concerned parties be liable for administrative fines and even lead to cancellation of work permit. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive on the work …

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2019 Minimum Wage Support Announced


As is known, Turkey’s monthly gross minimum wage is increased from 2.029,50 to 2.558,40 with a monthly 26% wage hike (from net 1.603,12 to 2.020,91). The Turkish Government, as it has been the case for the last three years, decided to continue supporting employers in 2019, in an effort to …

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