As known, short time work can be applied in cases where the working time in the workplace is reduced by at least 1/3 due to general economic, sectoral, regional crisis and challenging reasons or the activity is stopped for at least four weeks. Employees who meet the necessary conditions in the event of short time work are paid a short-time working allowance up to 3 months for periods of absence.
During the pandemic period, many workplaces made a request to benefit from the short-time working allowance and continue to benefit from their demands. The duration of the specified short-time working allowance has been extended for one month, without the need for a new application, for the same employees who have previously benefited from short-time working and on condition that they do not exceed the same conditions and this issue was announced to the public with the Additional Decision of the Presidential Decree dated 29.06.2020.
After this extension, the “Additional Decision of the Presidential Decree No. 2915 dated 30.08.2020” regarding the extension of the short-time working allowance was published in the Official Gazette dated 31 August 2020 and in accordance with this decision, the duration of the short-time working allowance has been extended for two more months within the framework of the same principles and starting after the extended one-month period, for the workplaces that have applied for short-time work until 30.06.2020 (including this date).
During the ongoing process, the “Supplementary Decision of the Presidential Decree dated 26.10.2020 and numbered 3134” was published in the Official Gazette dated 27.10.2020 and numbered 31287 regarding the extension of the short-time working allowance for workplaces where short-time work is applied and it was decided to extend the short work allowance for two months.
Lastly, the “Supplementary Decision of the Presidential Decree dated 30.11.2020 and numbered 3238” as published in the Official Gazette dated 01.12.2020 and numbered 31321 and in accordance with this decision, the application period for short-time working allowance is extended. With the said decision, workplaces which did not apply for short-time working allowance until 30.06.2020 will also be able to benefit from the short-time working allowance and new applications may be made between 01.12.2020-31.12.2020. In addition, it has been decided that the workplaces which made an application for short-time working allowance until 30.06.2020 shall continue to benefit from this practice without needing re-application.
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