According to Article 46 (c) of the Turkish Labor Law, all employees are entitled to a maximum of one week’s paid sick leave upon presenting a confirmatory medical report. The sick leave could be extended. Extended sick leave is granted on an unpaid basis. In case of sick leave exceeding (6) six weeks beyond the notice periods determined by labor law, the employment contract may be terminated without notice but by paying the severance pay.
Since notice periods are related to an employee’s length of service, an employee’s maximum sick leave cannot exceed the following durations, for an employee with seniority;
- less than 6 weeks, 2 weeks
- between 6 weeks and 18 weeks; 4 weeks
- between 18 weeks and 36 weeks; 6 weeks
- more than 3 years; 8 weeks.
Employers may have the right to terminate employment contracts without notice in the event of sick leave exceeding six weeks beyond the above notice periods. For example, for an employee who uses sick leave and has worked less than six weeks, the employer has the right to terminate the employment contract without notice after (8) eight weeks. (2weeks notice + 6 weeks sick leave)