Recent news

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

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 the 18th of 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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Turkey: Amendments to the Tax Law

Employers need to be mindful of recent amendments to the Tax Law, as it not only introduces new tax brackets and income tax rates, but also obliges employees receiving salary over TRY500,000 (US$86,236) to file an income tax return …

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Turkey: Labour Input Indices, Quarter II: April-June, 2019

Although the hours worked in Turkey fell over the year to Q2 2019 by 9 …

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Turkey: Higher productivity for continual growth

The World Bank has just issued a report suggesting that higher productivity is required in order for Turkey to achieve sustainable growth and improve living standards …

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Turkey: Labour Force Statistics, March 2019

Over the year to March 2019, the youth unemployment rate including persons aged 15-24 increased by 7 …

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Turkey: Policy changes in relation to residence permit procedures

The General Migration Directorate has made policy changes in relation to residence permit procedures …

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Turkey: Labour Force Statistics, February 2019

The economic crisis in Turkey is particularly hitting employment …

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Turkey: Visa-free regime for Uzbek truck drivers introduced

Truck drivers from Uzbekistan may now enter Turkey for a period of 30 days without a visa …

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