Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Turkey as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Turkey: New minimum wage for 2021

The gross monthly minimum wage is now 3,577 …

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Turkey: Cash wage support and termination ban extended 2 months

Short-term employee allowances and a general ban on terminations have been extended until March 17th 2021 …

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Turkey: Short-term working

Eligible employers who would like to implement short-term working due to COVID-19, now have until 31st December 2020 to apply for up to three months support …

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Turkey: Dismissal on arrest

Given the risk of arrest in the country remain high – even for unfounded, arbitrary, or purely political reasons – employers need to be aware of their right to suspend or dismiss a worker in such circumstances …

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Turkey: A single person may be appointed as the contact for more than one data controller residing abroad

The Turkish Personal Data Protection Board has published a decision determining that a single person may be appointed as the contact for multiple overseas data controllers …

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Turkey: Constitutional Court rejects appeal against law on ‘multiple bar associations’

The Constitutional Court has refused an Appeal to render invalid a new law allowing for the formation of multiple Bar Associations …

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Turkey: Occupational health and safety liabilities are postponed

Articles 6 and 7 of the Occupational Health and Safety Law were due to come into force on 1st July 2020 …

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Turkey: Employer’s health & safety liability

With effect from 1st July 2020, companies with less than 50 employees must ensure that they have secured retainers with health and safety specialists and an occupational physician …

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Turkey: Turkish lira nears all-time low as foreign exchange reserves fall

Like Lebanon, the central bank has depleted foreign currency reserves and sought to prevent companies undertaking short-term currency swops ahead of an almost certain collapse of the lira …

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Turkey: Temporarily prohibition on termination

It is now forbidden to terminate the employment contract of any employee until 18th July 2020, except where an employer has a basis of “just cause” arising from the employee’s “immoral conduct”, or infringement of “goodwill” …

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Turkey: Short-employment allowance

Having denied the existence of infection for weeks, the authorities are now requiring that those returning to Turkey from abroad must now report to a medical practitioner and be subject to a 14-day medical report …

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Turkey: Government lifts visa regime

The Turkish government has decided to exempt short-term visa requirements for citizens of Croatia, the Irish Republic, Malta, Norway, and Portugal …

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Turkey: Government edges toward Islamic law with new finance rules

The Secular state established by Turkey’s founder Ataturk is gradually crumbling …

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Turkey: Government raises minimum wages for 2020

The new gross monthly minimum pay level in Turkey has been set at 2,943 Turkish lira (US$495) …

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Turkey: Government eases visa requirements for Libyan nationals

Libyan passport holders over the age of 55 will now be able to visit Turkey without having to obtain an entry visa …

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