Through the “Improvement of Industry and Support of Manufacturing Law” which was adopted by the General Assembly and will be effective in coming days, many changes are introduced concerning the labor law.
The proposed changes include but not limited to important changes that range from weekend work days, university personnel and R&D staff to job safety and health areas. According to the proposal, workers may have to work all days of the week, including Sundays.
Retrogression on the right to have an off-day of work week
Under the current legislation, which is in force for 93 years, since 1924, one day off a week for workers is guaranteed. The interesting rationale of the proposed change that will take away this right is that the fabric owners are required to apply to municipalities to get permits to employ staff to work on weekends which had been a cumbersome process and counterproductive.The proposal will eliminate this requirement, however it does not guarantee the one-day off for the labor force as it gives leeway to the employers to push seven-day work weeks.
1,700 TRY Goverment Subsidy to employ R&D staff
Companies with ‘Resarch and Development’ employees or located in ‘Technology Development Zones’ will be subsidized for up to 1,700 TRY of their staff’s monthly compensation for up to two years and limited by 10% of the total work force.
New Regulation for Job Safety and Employee Health
According to the drafted law, in companies with less than 50 employees and in ‘Low-Job Safety Risk areas’, health and safety services will be carried out by employers or employers’ representatives. In the meantime, the requirement to have a ‘Job Safety and Health’ expert and a ‘Workplace Doctor’ be present at workplace for public and private sector institutions with less than 50 employees, -which was planned to be effective on July 1sthas – been postponed until 2020.
Internship definition will change with this amendment and the internships will be paid about 490 TRY per month (or 35% of minimum wage), if it takes place in higher education institutions. In addition, the instructors who are entitled for retirement age may continue to work with a contract until they reach the age of 75.
-Employees of the privatized companies will not have to pay their union dues.
-Premium payments of the citiziens living in Şırnak, Hakkari, Eruh, Nusaybin, Derik, Dargeçit, Sur and Silvan are delayed by The Social Security Administration due to terrorist attacks and the damage on the region’s economic activities.
-Pensions will be paid earlier, on 21st, 22nd and 23rd of June this year due to Ramadan Festival.
Edited by Maxim Baker
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