Termination of Foreigner Employment Contract in Turkey


NOTIFICATION PERIODS FOR
TERMINATION OF FOREIGNER EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT
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According to the relevant provisions of the Labor Law no. 4857, employers and employees are required to give specified notification periods prior to the termination of an employment contract, as shown in the following table.
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Required minimum notification periods for employers and employees

Duration of service

Duration of notification period

0 – 6 months

2 weeks

6 – 18 months

4 weeks

18 – 36 months

6 weeks

more than 36 months

8 weeks

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THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF TERMINATION FOR AN EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT
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1) Termination with notification
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Both the employee and the employer may terminate an employment contract concluded for an indefinite period based on the notification periods indicated in the above table. The party who does not abide by the rule to serve notice shall pay compensation covering the wages which correspond to the notification period in order to terminate the employment contract.
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2) Termination of an employment contract before the end of the contract period or before the notification periods stated above, based on justifiable and rightful reasons stated in the Labor Law
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Both the employer and employee have the right to terminate an employment contract before its expiry or without having to comply with the prescribed notification periods, in the following cases:
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  • Reasons of health
  • Cases arising from immoral, dishonorable or malicious conduct or other similar behavior
  • Force majeure

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