Turkey’s Ministry of Labour and Social Security has announced secondary legislation with details of conditions, procedures and restrictions for recent changes to maternity leave, unpaid leave following maternity leave, as well as part-time employment eligibility up until a child begins primary education (more).
The Regulation on the Part-Time Employment Following the Maternity Leave or Unpaid Leave (“Regulation”) was published in Official Gazette number 29882 on 8 November 2016, entering into effect on the same date.
In parallel with the Labour Law, the Regulation provides that:
- Female employees are entitled to sixteen weeks’ maternity leave; eight weeks before the delivery and eight weeks after the delivery.
- When adoption a child younger than three years, one of the adopting parents is entitled to eight weeks maternity leave, starting from the actual date of adoption.
- Employees who gave birth or adopted a child younger than three years are entitled to unpaid leave for half of their weekly working hours for the following periods:
- 60 days for the first delivery.
- 120 days for the second delivery.
- 180 days for the third delivery.
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