Within the scope of the measures taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a unilateral termination prohibition was imposed on employers on 17 April 2020. Pursuant to Law No. 7252 on the Establishment of Digital Platforms Commission and Amendment of Certain Laws (“Law“), the president of the Turkish Republic was authorized to extend the termination prohibition and unpaid leave until 30 June 2021. Thus, the termination prohibition and unpaid leave was lastly extended until 30 June 2021 with Presidential Decision No. 3930.
As of 1 July 2021, the termination prohibition and unpaid leave have ended.
What Main Changes Will Occur with the End of the Termination Prohibition and Unpaid Leave?
An employer will be able to terminate an employee’s employment agreement without being subject to the termination prohibition in compliance with the applicable legislation.
The COVID-19 pandemic substantially affected Turkey and the Turkish employment practice. We recommend that employers monitor all legal developments as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses.
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