World Bulletin/News Desk
Businesses across the nation have paid a total of TL 189 million in fines over the past 10 years for violating the Labor Law, which requires companies with over 50 employees to hire disabled people.
These businesses paid a TL 1,832 fine each time they hired a non-disabled person for a vacancy intended for a disabled person. Businesses are obliged to keep at least 3 percent of vacancies for people with disabilities.
According to the law, those who qualify for the vacancies reserved for the disabled have to provide a health report that demonstrates they meet the criteria.
The law aims to achieve positive discrimination for the disabled in the workplace and the state pays the health insurance of any disabled workers, which is supposed to be paid by employers. However, despite these incentives, many businesses resist complying with the Labor Law regulations governing the employment of disabled people.
While many businesses can afford to pay the fine, many others remain within the limit with 49 workers so as not to be obliged to hire disabled workers.
Businesses paid the greatest amount of fines for failing to hire disabled employees in 2011, with TL 49.5 million. In 2012, the fines totaled TL 34.8 million.
The money collected through fines is kept in a separate account to be used to improve the employment of the disabled. State bodies financed 1,889 vocational courses, from which 22,764 people received training, between 2004 and 2013. Some TL 122 million was spent on the training.
The quota for people with disabilities is largely empty in state institutions as well. Public offices employ 27,314 disabled workers, while the quota allows for 54,584.
The Ministry of Labor and Social Security has been exerting efforts to increase the employment of disabled people. The ministry issues warnings against institutions that fail to fill their quotas. A recent regulation allows public businesses to exceed the permitted number of employees for the sake of hiring the disabled.Last Mod: 03 Mayıs 2013, 11:24