TURKEY: Changes to Notification Requirements

On 24th August 2016 we published an article called “New Foreign Labour Law Takes Effect” which came into effect immediately.

The Law has changed the requirements for notifying the Ministry of Labour (MOL) of the start of a foreign national”s work assignment.

What are the changes?

Employers must now file a notification with the MOL within 15 days of an assignment starting or ending.

The new requirement appears to replace the previous need to file a “late commencement petition” if the assignment started more than 30 days after the work permit was approved.

However, the immigration directorate is still requiring late commencement notification to be made in addition to the new 15-day notification.

It is expected that the late commencement petition will be phased out when anticipated new regulations are introduced to implement the Law on International Workforce.

The requirement to notify the MOL within 15 days of termination is not new.

Action Items

Companies employing foreign nationals in Turkey should, for the time being, make both commencement and late commencement notifications to the Ministry of Labour.

We will provide further clarification once the anticipated new regulations are introduced.

If you require any additional information regarding the above changes, please contact a member of our team at enquiries@newlandchase.com.

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