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ADDITIONAL EXTENSION OF SHORT-TERM WORK ALLOWANCE & PROHIBITION ON THE UNILATERAL TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT DUE TO COVID-19

As you are aware, the Presidential Decision numbered 2810 published in the Official Gazette dated 31 July 2020 had extended the period of short-time work allowance (in Turkish “Kısa Çalışma Ödeneği”), for one month, within the same framework of the principles determined in The Decision Numbered 2706 of 30 June 2020.

Recently, pursuant to the Presidential Decision numbered 2915 which was published in the Official Gazette dated 31 August 2020, the period of short-time work allowance (in Turkish “Kısa Çalışma Ödeneği”), has been extended for another two months, again within the same framework of the principles determined in the Decision Numbered 2706, starting after the end of the one-month period extended by the Presidential Decision numbered 2810, dated 30/7/2020.

Thus, the allowance benefit that was due to end on the 31st of August 2020 shall now end on 31 October 2020 for applications that were made before (including) the date of 30 June 2020.

Moreover, as per the Presidential Decision numbered 2930 published in the Official Gazette dated 4 September 2020, the prohibition on the unilateral termination of employment contracts by the employer, as well as employers’ option to send their employees on unpaid leave has also been extended for another two months, starting from 17/09/2020.

The same exceptions shall continue to apply to the prohibition on the unilateral termination of employment contracts:

  • the expiration of employment or service contracts made for a determined period,
  • the closure of a workplace for whatever reason and the termination of its activity,
  • the termination of any service procurement made in accordance with its relevant legislation and termination of construction/manufacturing activities (in Turkish, “yapım işleri”).
  • terminations due to the good faith and morality clauses provided in Article 25/1 (II) of the Labor Code or in the relevant articles of other Laws.

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