McDonald's pays $26 million to settle wage theft suit in California
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
(CNN) -- McDonald's is paying $26 million to settle a class action lawsuit over wage theft. It's the latest development in a string of conflicts between the major restaurant chain and its employees. The settlement puts an end to a multi-year legal battle between the company and California workers who alleged that McDonald's was skirting ...

Labor groups want Metro Manila minimum pay hiked to P750
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor groups once again called on the government to set the minimum wage for Metro Manila workers at P750 to help their families cope with the cost of living in the capital. In a four-page petition filed on Monday before the Regional Tripartite Wage Board, 10 groups belonging to the Unity for Wage Increase Now (U-Win ...

Dole launches mobile app for OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) may now access information and services from the labor department at their fingertips. The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) has ...

Popcom: Allow minors access to contraceptives
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
The landmark law originally allowed minors who already had children to access family planning services without consent from their parents -- one of just eight provisions struck down by the Supreme Court in 2014 when it ruled the overall law was constitutional. Perez said at a press conference that removal of the provision had complicated ...

Poll: Japanese firms want to keep current incentives
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
"Like last year, many of Philippine respondents highly appreciate current tax incentives, while they are concerned about complicated taxation procedures. In fact, possible impacts of tax reform ...

House approves CTRP Package 3
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
The bill aims to harmonize the real property valuation for taxation purposes, which frees the BIR from the task of promulgating the Schedule of Zonal Values. The bill establishes and maintains valuation standards to govern the valuation of real property in the country. It also provides a comprehensive and up-to-date electronic database of all ...

'Baby Yoda' GIFs were pulled down for copyright reasons, but GIPHY has returned them to the internet
Business Insider - 2 months ago
Having GIFs of 'Baby Yoda,' the viral star of 'The Mandalorian,' being pulled for copyright raises questions on what Disney's stance is.

BIR-Valenzuela City reminds business owners on tax law
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
This photo shows Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue District Officer Rufo B. Ranario (second from right) leading a surprise inventory of three business establishments in Valenzuela City. Ranario reminded business owners to follow tax laws. THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue District Office (RDO) is reminding owners of businesses ...

House OKs bill reforming real property valuation system
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
With 224 affirmative votes, seven negative votes and one abstention, the House approved House Bill No. 4664 on Monday. The bill aims to establish a single valuation base for taxation, through the adoption of the Schedule of Market Values (SMVs) of local government units (LGUs), and use the updated values as the benchmark for other purposes ...

House panel OKs tax provisions for proposed Water, Disaster Resilience departments
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) - The House of Representatives' ways and means committee approved Monday measures establishing systems for determining tariff and tax exemption rates that will be followed by two proposed government agencies: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR).

Gov't spending sustains pickup in October
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) -- Public spending further improved in October alongside a faster rise in tax collections, the Bureau of the Treasury said Monday. Government spending totaled ?310.8 billion for the month, up 1.37 percent from the ?306.6 billion disbursed in October 2018at a time when expenses saw a 35.2 percent ...

BIR to consider inputs from public hearing
Philippine Information Agency - 2 months ago
Bureau of Internal Revenue Assistant Regional Director Rodrigo Rivamonte explains that the public hearing is a proper venue for the public to air their views, concerns and suggestions which are necessary for the sub-technical committee to consider for its ...

'Baby Yoda' GIFs are being pulled down for copyright reasons, but there are too many for the claims to be effective
Business Insider - 2 months ago
Having GIFs of 'Baby Yoda,' the viral star of 'The Mandalorian,' being pulled for copyright raises questions on what Disney's usage stance is.

Nearly 6,000 OWWA members yet to avail of P1-billion rebate program
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
ONLY 5.9 percent of the P1-billion allocation for the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) rebate program has been released since the project was launched two months ago. In an interview, OWWA Administrator Hans J. Cacdac said they were able to release P59,456,149 of the allocated P1 billion for the first batch of the rebate ...

DOJ clarifies appeals process with Bureau of Immigration
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
THE Department of Justice has issued a circular sampling that appeals process for orders, resolutions and decisions of the Bureau of Immigration filed before the BI. Under Department Circular 23 ...

Bach asked to intervene in Tokyo Olympic labor dispute
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
TOKYO--An international trade union wants International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach to intervene and investigate alleged labor and safety violations at venues being built for ...

Labor sector criticizes non-inclusive growth
BusinessWorld - 2 months ago
Tanjusay said in a statement yesterday. A plan to rationalize corporate income taxes and incentives could drive away investors, he added. The Department of Finance (DoF) expects to generate 1.5 million jobs once the measure takes effect. But the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) has said 700,000 workers will lose jobs under the proposed law.

Go distributes aid to Cebu fire victims - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go has distributed financial assistance and relief goods to at least 500 families displaced in a fire that hit a community in Mandaue City, Cebu. Go visited the fire victims on Saturday and promised to replace the school uniforms and supplies of students affected by the blaze that ...

Duterte to discuss 4-day workweek proposal with Cabinet
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
"I have to discuss it with the Cabinet. I have to discuss it with Bello (Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III) and the rest," Duterte said in the interview, the transcript of which was shared with the media by MalacaƱang. "I have not yet decided really. I just want to hear (their thoughts)," he added.House Minority Leader Benny Abante ...

Cops seize e-cigarettes; legal basis questioned
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
On the contrary, I abhor it." Asked to comment on whether it was proper or illegal for police to confiscate vaping devices, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, a former PNP chief, said: "It is one issue that the Supreme Court has to resolve which the affected parties should immediately raise before it given that basic constitutional rights are being ...

Prince Lorenzo de Medici in Manila--from Renaissance to Renaissance Pop
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
He has proposed an exhibit in Manila to Silvana Diaz, Italian owner of Galleria Duemila ... When the last Medici grand duke, Gian Gastone, died without a male heir in 1737, other European countries proceeded to wrest control of its capital city, Tuscany. The power shift scattered the Medici families across Italy and Europe.

Saint Vincent Ferrer Seminary to celebrate 150 years of existence
Sun Star - 2 months ago
It was also a school of heroes such as Graciano Lopez Jaena, General Martin Delgado, General Quintin Salas, former Governor Benito Lopez, and Ramon AvanceƱa, the first Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court. At present, its alumni priests are not only serving local parishes but also in other dioceses, the military ordinariate and some ...

Maguindanao Massacre: 10 Years Later
GMA Network - 2 months ago
The case was submitted for resolution on August 22. Under court rules, the judge was supposed to have rendered a decision by November 22, but she requested an extension and was granted 30 more days by the Supreme Court. Though an incident of a similar scale has never occurred since, the number of killed journalists continues to rise.

Cyber Resilience and the Importance of a Plan: How Law Firms Can Defend Against Cybersecurity Risks
Law - 2 months ago
Jeff Eckert (left), a Houston-based cybersecurity expert who handles a wide variety of digital investigations across all types of industries, and Steven Williams (right), a Dallas-based trial attorney who has tried and litigated intellectual property cases for a wide range of clients. World-famous boxer Mike Tyson once said, "Everyone has a ...

Reversing the death of Venice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
This would include innovators with credible business plans (and their financial backers), engineers ... which could become a source of social-media pride. A hefty tax on nonresident property owners--who are generally extremely wealthy-- would also ...

9th Circ. Restores Jury Award Against Zazzle In Copyright Suit
Law360 - 2 months ago
Law360 (November 22, 2019, 2:11 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit has reinstated a jury award against Zazzle in a copyright lawsuit over custom prints sold on its website after ruling a jury could find that Zazzle's failure to improve its "obviously insufficient" oversight system constituted willful infringement. In an unpublished opinion Wednesday ...

Sarah weakens; monsoon brings more rains - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Tropical Storm Sarah continues to weaken but rains will still be experienced in several parts of the country due to the northeast monsoon, the state weather bureau said yesterday. At 10 a.m. yesterday, the center of Sarah was estimated at 430 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical ...

Labor leaders and migrant workers advocates oppose removing joint solidary liability of recruiters in bill creating Department of OFW
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
"At the NLRC, money claim is immediately awarded to OFWs. In the proposed OLRC they would have first to get a final and executory decision before they get award meaning it could still go through the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court," Calderon said. Estrelita Hizon, the recruitment representative at the Philippine Overseas Employment ...

80 massacre suspects, including 15 Ampatuans, remain at large - 2 months ago
Earlier this month, Supreme Court administrator Jose Midas Marquez gave Solis-Reyes a non-extendable deadline of Dec. 20 to promulgate judgment against 101 arrested suspects still on trial. The judge was initially set to issue a verdict on or before Nov. 20, but asked for an extension due to the magnitude of the cases. Based on records ...

Colombia protests prompt teargas, curfew and border closures
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
The closures began Wednesday at midnight and will remain in place until Friday at 5 a.m., according to immigration authorities. The government also gave local authorities permission to impose ...

Iloilo RTC holds off hearings on Panay power firm take over
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
ILOILO CITY -- The Iloilo City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has suspended the hearings on the expropriation of distribution assets of Panay Electric Company (Peco) by rival firm More Power Electric Corp. (More Power) pending the resolution of a related case before the Supreme Court. In a three-page order dated November 18, Judge Daniel ...

Pinterest Promotes Copyright Violations, Photographer Says
Law360 - 2 months ago
Law360 (November 21, 2019, 9:19 PM EST) -- A photographer sued Pinterest Inc. on Wednesday in California federal court, claiming the social media company promotes copyright infringement by encouraging users to share protected images without obtaining the permission of the artists who create them. Berkeley, California-based photographer Harold ...

Congress not scrapping tax on vape after all
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
"Taxation, to me, is just a means (or) a tool to help make these products that are harmful less accessible to the vulnerable, especially the youth," she said. Critics say that apart from being harmful in themselves, the multiple exotic flavors of e-cigarette liquids appeal particularly to youngsters and risk getting them addicted to nicotin

Labor, militant groups defend Vico, chide AƱo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
Progressive groups have defended Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto after Interior Secretary Eduardo AƱo admonished him not to "take sides" in labor disputes. AƱo earlier chided Sotto after the latter ...

Atienza ready to go to SC on Package 3
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
HB 4664 establishes a single valuation base for taxation, through the adoption of the schedule of market values (SMVs) of LGUs, and provides for the use of the updated values as benchmark for other purposes, such as lease, rental, acquisition, right of way, etc. The bill aims to insulate valuation at the local level from undue politicization.

BOC seizes P12.9-billion smuggled goods, mostly illegal drugs, in January-October period
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
According to Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, the bulk of the goods seized as of October 24 this year were mostly counterfeit products worth a total of P7.81 billion, and which were intercepted in 14 separate incidents in various ports. Cigarettes and other tobacco products valued at P1.69 billion were also confiscated by the BOC ...

AmCham: Senate must tackle Citira bill soon
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
Under House Bill 4157, firms operating in economic zones are required to give up their incentives in two years for those in business for over 10 years; three years for those between five years and 10 years; and five years for those below five years. Further, the House version will strip away tax perks that locators find crucial in maintaining ...

BOC seizes P13 billion smuggled goods in 10 months - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized P12.92 billion worth of smuggled goods in the first 10 months, the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday. Citing a report presented by Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, the DOF said confiscated goods from January to October this ...

Lumber firm faces P118M suit for tax evasion, fake cigarette tax stamps
BusinessWorld - 2 months ago
The case, filed on Thursday by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)-Cagayan de Oro office, involves the company and its corporate officers, President Ting-Pi Huang, Chief Finance Officer Chiu-Ling Su, Corporate Secretary Ma. Sharon L. Remo, Christian M. Tong and Nenito P. Pialan. BIR, in a statement, said investigation showed that the company ...

Mondaq - 2 months ago
These are: The owner of an infringed copyright work is entitled to issue a notice in writing of such infringement to the appropriate internet service provider ("ISP") requesting for the take down or to disable access to the infringing content or link to such content hosted on its system. 9 Upon receipt of such notice, the ISP shall promptly ...

House backtracks, vape products to be taxed higher
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) - Vape products will still be included in the sin tax measure and will even be taxed higher to make them "more prohibitive," the House Ways and ...

SC affirms libel conviction of Iloilo blogger accusing Drilon of corruption
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
ILOILO CITY -- The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld with finality the libel conviction of Iloilo blogger and former provincial administrator Manuel "Boy" Mejorada concerning his social media ...

30% of money transactions in PH now done online
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
The Philippines is en route to becoming "cash-lite" by 2023 as nearly a third of financial transactions in the country are already being done online or through digital channels, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said on Wednesday. During the launch of the eGov Pay and QR Ph, Diokno told reporters that the BSP had ...

Two Chinese fugitives to be deported
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport two Chinese criminals wanted by authorities in their country for involvement in economic crimes. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said fugitives Xu Xiaojun, 34, and Chen Yanhua, 56, are detained at the BI facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, pending their deportation.

Package 3 of CTRP hurdles 2nd reading
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
The bill aims to harmonize the real-property valuation for taxation purposes, which releases the Bureau of Internal Revenue from promulgating the schedule of zonal values. The bill establishes and maintains valuation standards to govern the valuation of real property in the country. It also provides a comprehensive and up-to-date electronic ...

Garments sector asks government for lower power rates among perks
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
Based on data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), exports of ... which investors find crucial in maintaining their operations in the Philippines. Garments and textile firms will head to SMX Convention Center in Pasay City from December 5 to 8 for their yearly expo, where over 80 enterprises are expected to participate--of which ...

New OWWA exec Mocha Uson used made-up figures on her criticism against Sen. Franklin Drilon
InterAksyon - 2 months ago
Mocha Uson, new deputy administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), used fabricated figures in her post against Sen. Franklin Drilon, who previously questioned the cost of the cauldron to be used for the 30th Southeast Asian games.

DOF, OSG clear confusion on Pogo taxes, agree that PH-based casinos covered by tax laws
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
Dominguez reiterated revenues of all Pagcor-licensed Pogos in the Philippines were subject to 5-percent franchise tax under Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) rules. "It is the BIR which is the agency vested with the power to interpret tax laws," said Calida. "The OSG affirms its full support to the efforts of the BIR and DOF to tax Pogos ...

DOJ chief Guevarra nominated as SC Associate Justice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has been nominated to the position of Supreme Court Associate Justice. In a letter addressed to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) dated November 19, retired Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Raoul Victorino nominated Guevarra to the post vacated by Supreme Court Chief ...

Ex-Sandiganbayan justice nominates Guevarra for SC post
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra scored a nomination for Supreme Court justice. Former Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Raoul Victorino wrote Tuesday to the Judicial and Bar Council nominating Guevarra as associate justice of the high court to replace Diosdado Peralta who was appointed Chief ...

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