Retirement After Completion of 3600 Work Days - Legal Disputes Over Severance Pay

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Executive summary

As per article 14 -still in force- of former Labor Law 1475, an employee is entitled to severance pay in case of resignation after completing 3,600 work days and 15 years insurance period, provided that he/she presents a document from the Social Security Institution showing the entitlement of  retirement except age limit. 

For years it has been a highly controversial topic whether the employee, who received his severance pay entitled in line with above mentioned provision, may work in another workplace during his waiting period for age limit. In other words, whether an employer who paid the severance may claim the payment back in case the employee starts working another employee’s establishment, instead of waiting for the legal retirement age.

Work Permit Application of Free Trade Zone Personnel


International Workforce Law No: 6735 aims at attracting qualified foreign professionals such as engineers and architects, medical personnel, academicians, research and development personnel, free trade zone personnel and partners of companies, cross-border service providers and the investors.

Work permit application of foreign free trade zone personnel legally staying in Turkey will be made to relevant free zone management by the free trade zone firm. Applications are evaluated by Ministry of Economy and granted by Ministry of Labor and Social Security. It should be noted that “relevant free zone management means” regional directorates of free zones at which the workplace is established, not the General Directorate of Free Zones of Economy Ministry.

Implementation Regulation, determining the application and issuance of work permits related to foreigners who wish to work in the scope of Free Trade Zone Law, No. 3218, has been issued in Official Gazette No. 30078, dated 27th May 2017.

A Brief Overview of Social Security and Private Insurances in Turkey



Employees’ & Employers’ Contributions

All employees must be registered with the Social Security for healthcare benefits, work-related accident and illness, sickness, pregnancy, disability, old age and death.

Employees’ and employers’ contributions are calculated as a percentage of gross salary. Employee deductions reduce the taxable income.

Work Permit Application Process


Turkish Law on the Work Permit for Foreigners No. 4817, which had been in effect since 2003 has been abrogated and substituted by "INTERNATIONAL WORKFORCE LAW No. 6735,” which got through the Parliament on 28th July 2016. However, the Regulation, which is arranging the procedures of application for work permit, issued according to previous law is still in effect.

Applications for work permits can be made inside or outside Turkey. Foreigners residing outside Turkey shall apply to the Turkish Consulates in their country of residence or of citizenship. Foreigners with a valid residence permit (valid for a minimum of 6 months, except for residence permits for educational purposes) can apply directly to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.

Workplaces Entering into Private Pension System on July 1st


We would like to remind you that the workplaces employing 100 (Inc.) to 249 (Inc. ) personnel will start to enter into contracts with pension companies and offer pension plans to the employees as of 1st July 2017

However, in case the number of employed personnel is beyond the 250 on 1st July 2017, workplace’s entrance date will be 1st January 2018, because workplaces can join the system only in case of having the required number of personnel at a specific gradual entrance date.        

Obligation of Hiring Workplace Doctor Postponed to 2020


The obligation of employing occupational safety specialist and workplace doctor for every private establishment with less than 50 personnel (regardless of their danger class) has been postponed to 1st July 2020.

As is known, many of the provisions set forth in the "LAW ON OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY NO. 6331" had entered into force as of 30th December 2012 for the workplaces with 50 or more personnel which engage in heavy duty and hazardous operations, however the effective dates of article 6 and 7 that include the above mentioned obligation for every private establishments with less than 50 personnel in the scope of less hazard class had been postponed to July 1, 2017, because sufficient number of specialists and workplace doctors do not exist.

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