Pathway: PEO Services Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory Compliance

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Creating a work environment in a foreign country that is compliant with local laws can be a very challenging task. Turkey's geographic position between Europe and Asia has created a situation wherein some legislation has been created in accordance to EU regulations while also incorporating other regional characteristics. For this reason, many foreign investors in Turkey face compliance problems in various areas of their organizations. Some examples of the issues that foreign investors often face are as follows:

  • Personnel Employment New Hire/Termination Procedures: In Turkey, the recruitment of a candidate is linked to a number of rules. For example, if the entry forms for a new employee are not completed one day prior to the start date of employment, the hiring firm will be subject to a penalty. Similarly, exit notification’s are subject to content and time restrictions. Unfortunately,  employment contracts alone are not sufficient for an employee to begin work in our country. 
  • Mandatory Health and Safety Regulations: In June of 2012, occupational health and safety regulations were overhauled in order to improve the safety conditions in workplaces by reassessing employers and employees rights, authority, responsibilities, and obligations. These new regulations are also more encompassing and include workers, employers, employer representatives, trainees, apprentices, interns, and others who are part of the organization in both the private or public sector regardless of their activity. The law now includes requirements for occupational physicians and certifications for employees. Even if there is just one employee, they must now be certified in occupational health and safety.
  • Security and Confidentiality: Due to the fragmented nature of this area of legislation There are several applicable rules and practices that must be considered. Such items include the protection of the employees and employers human rights, and the confidentiality of information such as wages.  
  • HR Policies: Things such as weekly working hours, the use of leave, over time, and other HR related issues that are all covered under legislation in Turkey. The unıque nature of the rules and regulations governing HR policies can be difficult for foreign companies to navigate, these difficulties can sometimes result in wrongful terminations which can be very damaging to the company. 

 In addition to the areas mentioned in the list above, our company will examine and analyze all HR process within your organization and create a report containing the areas which need attention and the appropriate action to take. One example is comparing the content of your current employment contracts with a list containing wording and sentences that are required by law so as to ensure compliance.