Labor Law

In Turkey, foreign workers are entitled to the same protections and rights under Labor Law as Turkish nationals. According to the Turkish Labor Law (Law No. 4857), foreign employees must be treated equally in matters related to employment contracts, working hours, wages, holidays, and termination rights.

Employment Contracts (Article 8): Employment contracts are required to be in writing. The contract outlines the job description, salary, duration (if applicable), and other conditions of employment. It helps to ensure the rights and obligations of both the employer and employee are clearly defined.

Working Hours and Rest Periods (Article 63-66): In Turkey, the standard workweek is 45 hours, typically divided over six days. Each working day should not exceed 11 hours, and employees are entitled to a 24-hour rest period every week.

Wage and Salary Rights (Article 32-39): Foreign workers have the right to equal pay for equal work. Any form of discrimination in wages based on nationality is prohibited.

Annual Leave (Article 53-59): Employees who have completed one year of service (including the probationary period) are entitled to paid annual leave. The length of this leave varies depending on the employee’s length of service.

Termination of Contract (Article 17-21): Both the employer and employee have the right to terminate the employment contract. However, the termination must be in line with specific regulations outlined in the Labor Law to ensure fair treatment.

Job Security (Article 18-21): If an employment contract for an indefinite period is terminated, and the employee has worked for at least one year in the workplace with at least 30 workers, the employer must have a valid reason for the termination, or the employee may file a lawsuit for reinstatement.

It’s important to note that while these are general provisions under the law, specific circumstances may affect your legal position. As such, it is always recommended to seek legal counsel regarding your particular situation.

We understand the unique challenges faced by foreign workers in Turkey and are committed to providing the necessary resources, advice, and representation to uphold your rights. For any inquiries or assistance, feel free to contact us. We are here to help.