Recent news

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

Turkey: 5.6million self-employed workers in Q3 2017

In Q3 2017 there were 5 …

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Turkey: Normalizing the state of emergency

Although President Erdogan has ended the state of emergency, a security law has been rushed through parliament to effectively normalise its previous oppressive provisions …

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Turkey: Data protection law

Recent amendments to the country’s data protection law have centred on the adequacy of other privacy environments when transferring personal data abroad …

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Turkey: New tax amnesty law passed

A new tax amnesty law has been passed by the Turkish Assembly …

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Turkey: Membership of the European Union

The European Commission has once more recommended that Turkey should be denied membership of the European Union on human rights grounds …

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Turkey: Any claim for reinstatement will require mediation

Many employers remain confused about the new procedures for handling labour disputes introduced earlier this year …

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Turkey: Is Erdogan using imprisoned foreigners as bargaining chips

There are credible reports that the Turkish authorities are arresting innocent foreigners in the country in order to use them as bargaining chips to obtain extradition for those living in other countries whom they believe to be enemies of their state …

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Turkey: Regulation on employee inventions is now in force

A new regulation on employee inventions is now in force …

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Turkey: Dozens arrested for social media comments

Employers should warn all employees in the region, particularly those resident or visiting Turkey, not to make any adverse comments on the social media or other communications concerning the offensive by Turkey against the US-backed Kurdish militia …

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Turkey: New national minimum wage for 2018

The new national monthly minimum wage for 2018 is 2,029 liras (US$535) gross and 1,603 liras (US$423) net …

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Turkey: Nearly 2000 women killed in eight years

Employers need to take particular care in Turkey to protect female employees – particularly against their angry relatives …

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Turkey: Supreme Court rules on monitoring of employee WhatsApp conversations

The Supreme Court has reversed the decision of a lower court by declaring that an employee was wrongly dismissed because their employer had gained access to the nature of WhatsApp conversations complaining about the company …

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Turkey: Annual motor vehicle tax

Although the Finance Minister recently announced a 40% rise in annual motor vehicle tax next year, the Cabinet has vetoed it due to an outcry from the car leasing industry and company car owners …

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Turkey: “Turkish question” at the EU Summit

Over three hours debate took place on the “Turkish question” at the recent EU Summit …

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Turkey: The end of democracy

The chances of Turkey entering the European Union have been set back by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent statements concerning restoration of the death penalty …

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