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3-month ban on layoffs could be extended by Turkish gov’t: report

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Turkey could extend a three-month ban on layoffs that was imposed in April to offset shuttered businesses and unemployment in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the Hürriyet newspaper reported on Friday, citing unnamed officials, according to Reuters.

Hürriyet said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could extend the ban for three more months. As part of a new bill, the government is looking at ways to give incentives to companies that maintain employment or hire new people, it said.

In response to the outbreak, Turkey topped up the wages of employees whose work hours were cut and whose employers applied for the funding. That system could be replaced by alternative support systems, the paper said.

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