Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new provisional article 10 had been added to the Labor Law numbered 4857 (“Law No. 4857”) stating that the termination of any labor contract whether under the scope of the Law No. 4857 or not; is prohibited except for termination regarding immoral, dishonorable or malicious conduct or other similar behavior. End of employment contract due to end of the term of the contract for employment contracts for a defined period, closing of a workplace and suspension of business, and completion of procurement of services and construction works had been further excluded from termination restriction with an amendment dated July 28, 2020.

Additionally, within the same extent, the employer was entitled to grant furlough during the termination restriction period and being entitled to furlough under this provision does not give the employee the right to terminate the contract based on justified reason.

As per the Presidential Decree No.2930 published in the Official Gazette No. 31234 dated September 4, 2020, the period of layoff restriction and entitlement to furlough is extended for two months starting from September 17, 2020 preventing termination of labor contracts until November 17, 2020, subject to abovementioned conditions.