The right to vacation is a fundamental right in accordance with
article 50 of the Turkish Constitution. The statutory leave
entitlements and the procedure of using this right are stipulated
both in the Labor Code numbered 4857 and in precedent court of
appeals decisions. Accordingly, unless otherwise explicitly agreed,
an employee only has the right to annual leave and other types of
leave for particular circumstances explained herein below.
All employees are entitled to an annual leave with pay depending
on their length of service in the company as follows:
fourteen days; for length of service between one and five
twenty days; for length of service of more than five and less
than fifteen years,
twenty-six days; for length of service of fifteen years and
In addition to the annual leave day provided hereinabove,
employees are also allowed to take up to 4 (four) days' leave
without pay, on the condition that the employee provides
documentary evidence that s/he is spending his/her annual leave at
a place other than where the work place is located.
In principle employees must not be engaged in work for a total
period of sixteen weeks as maternity leave; eight weeks before and
eight weeks after conception.
The employee shall also be granted leave with pay for periodic
examinations during her pregnancy.
If the employee so wishes, she shall be granted an unpaid leave
of up to six months after the expiry of the sixteen weeks.
Nursing employees shall also be allowed a total of one and a
half hour nursing leave daily in order to enable them to nurse
their children under the age of one. - Wedding Leave Employees
shall be allowed to take up to three days leave of absence in the
event of marriage.
Employees shall be allowed to take up to three days leave of
absence in the event of the death of the employee's mother,
father, spouse, brother or sister, and child.
Employees shall be entitled to sick leave for a maximum duration
of one week due to sickness or recovery as long as they provide a
Leave to seek new employment
Once an employee has been given notice of termination, the
employer must grant two hours per day during the term of notice
period to allow the employee to seek new employment within working
hours. The employee may request to use the said time all at once,
provided that the employer is notified in advance.
In addition to the types of leave stipulated in the law,
companies also choose to apply various other types of leave based
on relevant industry practice and their respective international
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