Cash dole-outs new threat to farm sector
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-01
Of the figure, 9.719 million workers are in the agriculture, forestry and hunting subsector, while the remaining, or 1.266 million, are in the fisheries subsector ... citing the case of UP-Los BaƱos, where the number of enrollees in nonagriculture ...

NorMin PESO managers confab to boost employment facilitation in region 10
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-02-01
Facilitated by Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. 10 (DOLE-10), Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante was very grateful on their support, most especially in attendance, "The relationship between the PESO and DOLE has no annulment ...

The New Joint DOJ/FTC Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property
JD Supra - 2017-02-01
On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission released updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property (the "Guidelines"). These Guidelines replaced those issued on April 6, 1995, and state ...

Tobacco excise-tax bill birthing great divide
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-01
"In the context of tobacco taxation, Brunei, Singapore and, since January this year, the Philippines are examples of international best practice with their unitary-specific tax systems. In addition, all other Asean countries, except Indonesia, impose a ...

2 top BI officials in bribery/extort lying, say senators
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-31
Sen. Joel Villanueva could not hide his displeasure, especially at Argosino, noting that he never spoke about his supposed "investigation" of Lam--if his alibi were indeed true--when he called for a hearing of the Senate labor committee on Dec. 7 ...

IIT-Kharagpur and State Bank of India develop a customised portal for intellectual property
Times of India - 2017-01-31
KOLKATA: Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and State Bank of India are collaborating to develop a customized portal for launching 'Intellectual Property Development as a service' (IPDaas) for Intellectual Property Rights generation. Mr. Mrutyunjay ...

IP, Pharma Groups Call For Patent Eligibility Law Overhaul
Law 360 - 2017-01-31
Law360, New York (January 30, 2017, 8:51 PM EST) -- Citing the confusion caused by recent court rulings on patent-eligibility, major intellectual property and pharmaceutical industry groups have suggested to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that the ...

POEA shuts down illegal recruitment agency in Las PiƱas City
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-01-31
MANDALUYONG CITY, Jan. 31 (PIA)--The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) shut down an illegal recruitment agency in Las PiƱas City following weeks of surveillance and complaints from victims. The POEA identified the agency as the Lapcon ...

Sue-per Bowl Shuffle III: The Year In NFL-Related Intellectual Property Litigation
JD Supra - 2017-01-30
Two years ago, I started worrying about what would happen if someone at a Super Bowl party asked me to explain an NFL-related lawsuit, particularly one of those intellectual property lawsuits that sports fans assume IP lawyers know about. This anxiety led ...

Good for business
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-30
Indeed, the Philippines is one of the few countries with a security of tenure provision in its Constitution, as well as in its Labor Code. Security of tenure means the right to continued employment and the right to be protected against dismissal ...

Right to disconnect from work messages after office hours pushed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-29
"It has also created a problem of undeclared labor as employees are forced to work, although indirectly, beyond work hours responding to e-mails, text messages and calls on mobile phones," Castelo said. "It can lead to burnout -- or the ...

Fire Rooster: Year of abundance
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2017-01-27
If this rooster were asked to describe itself, it would in all likelihood say the following: I herald the coming of the dawn and at sunset, I declare its departure; I stand for precision; I labor like clockwork and can be labeled a perfectionist ...

Further opening of economy sought
Inquirer - 2017-01-27
... reform package seeks to reduce maximum personal income tax from 32 percent to 25 percent and the corporate income tax from 30 percent to 25 percent. It also seeks to expand the value-added tax (VAT) base by reducing the coverage of its exemptions.

Labor reform - 2017-01-27
The labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno hold up a symbolic pen to press Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to sign a new policy that will end contractualization of workers. Manny Palmero Topics: Labor reform, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello ...

Cellectar Gets Another Cancer Drug Patent (CLRB)
Investopedia - 2017-01-25
Cellectar Biosciences Inc. (CLRB) secured an additional patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its cancer drug candidates CLR 131 and CLR 125 to treat solid tumors. (See also: Sarepta Wins Favorable USPTO Decisions.) The Madison, Wisconsin ...

DTI-10 bats for 'Mentor ME' program - 2017-01-25
In Misamis Oriental, 22 entrepreneurs were selected and had the privilege to move on to Phase 2, the final stage of "Mentor ME" series of trainings which has advanced modules on operations management, human resource management, taxation, supply and ...

Trump to unveil immigration, visa restrictions -- reports
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-25
President Donald Trump will sign executive orders starting Wednesday restricting refugees, visas and immigration, making good on his signature campaign pledges, US media reported. Trump is due to speak Wednesday to employees at the Department of Homeland ...

More Mindanao sakadas sue recruiter, employers
Bulatlat - 2017-01-25
The sakadas or migratory agricultural workers filed the complaints with the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) Region 3 against Greenhand Labor Service Cooperative, Agrikulto Inc., and Central Azucarera de Tarlac. According to Unyon ng mga ...

Trillanes accuses Aguirre of shakedown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-23
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Monday accused Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II of being part of a shakedown operation against Chinese casino tycoon Jack Lam whose workers were arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) last November. The BI is under ...

New cigarette tax bill constitutional - 2017-01-23
Quezon City 1st District Representative Vincent "Bingbong" Crisologo said House Bill No. 4144 was in accordance with the 1987 Constitution, specifically Article VI, Section 28 that requires Congress to evolve a progressive system of taxation.

DOLE gears for UN women confab - 2017-01-23
Tango will facilitate the working group in providing inputs to the country ministerial round table statement and side events composed of representatives from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); Overseas Workers Welfare Administration ...

DA thumbs down bill hiking tobacco tax
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-23
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is against a proposal approved by the House of Representatives, which seeks to increase the tobacco tax, as it would hurt local farmers. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. PiƱol said he supports tobacco farmers ...

DSWD to lead ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Pillar Launch in Angeles City
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-01-23
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Jan. 23 (PIA) - As part of the Philippine hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 2017, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will lead the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC ...

Protests in Bangladesh shake a global workshop for apparel
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-23
In Photo: Garment workers on a lunch break in Bangladesh. At least 14 labor activists and workers have been detained since protests over low wages erupted at dozens of garment factories in Bangladesh, one of the top suppliers of clothing for global brands ...

Blending colors: advocating child labor-free Camiguin - 2017-01-23
In partnership with the Provincial Government of Camiguin ... at the concrete tennis court walls at the public plaza (Burgos Street) along with some 50 junior high school students with their respective coaches and advisers. Among the participants, the ...

Ex-BI exec in alleged Jack Lam bribe case faces contempt raps
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-23
Villanueva disclosed this plan of the Senate committee on labor, employment and human resources development, which he chairs, during the hearing of the Senate blue ribbon committee on the bribery scandal on Monday. The senator lamented that former BI ...

Copyright vs. Design
Lexology - 2017-01-23
The Court also rejected the claim of the Plaintiff viz. copyright infringement, as the claims clearly fell within the ambit of the Designs Act, and accordingly, copyright claims in industrial drawings and designs, to be used for manufacturing processes ...

Updates on the legal battle for Green Cross - 2017-01-21
Last year, readers of this column were informed about the ongoing legal battle over the rightful ownership of the corporation which manufactures and sells Green Cross, the iconic rubbing alcohol brand which virtually every Filipino is familiar with. Almost ...

Deportation complaint vs Vergara junked
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-20
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has dismissed a deportation complaint filed by a Cabanatuan resident against Nueva Ecija Rep. Rosanna Vergara who reacquired her Philippine citizenship 10 years ago. On a five-page order dated Dec. 20, 2016, the BI said ...

Is your home a family home?
Inquirer - 2017-01-20
Dan and Rod danced with joy. They won their illegal case against the former employer, Eme Eme Ramos. The Labor Arbiter ordered Eme Eme to pay Dan and Rod an aggregate amount of almost P2 million representing backwages, separation pay, 13th month pay and ...

Immigration officers, recruiters nabbed for human trafficking
Rappler - 2017-01-20
Police further noted the victims also had no employment contracts or permits with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). "May text messages sa mga victims galing sa recruiter nila na doon sila pumila sa mga nasabing immigration officers.

10 promises Trump made for his first day
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-20
Suspend immigration from regions associated with terrorism where vetting is difficult.

Elmer Cabahug: A champion in the playing field, a winner in the game of life
SPIN - 2017-01-20
The transition from wearing a team jersey to donning a public servant's robe was seamless ... "It's a great honor to serve my fellow Mandauehanons and give back to the community," said Cabahug, who to this day keeps in touch with his fans club known ...

FTC and DOJ Update Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property
JD Supra - 2017-01-19
On January 13, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property (the Guidelines). The revised Guidelines follow nearly ...

Two-tier excise tax system is constitutionally mandated, says Crisologo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-19
Vincent "Bingbong" Crisologo said House Bill (HB) No. 4144 was in accordance with the 1987 Constitution, specifically Article VI, Section 28 that requires Congress to evolve a progressive system of taxation. "Any product must be taxed according to ...

Three Branches of Government
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-01-18
The Justices of the Supreme Court, who can overturn unconstitutional laws, are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The Philippine government seeks to act in the best interests of its citizens through this system of checks and balances.

HB 4144 a balancing act, says ex-BIR chief - 2017-01-18
A regressive tax is one that is imposed in such a way that the tax rate decreases as the amount subject to taxation increases; that is how the current unitary tax is structured. HB 4144 took this issue of social equity into account. Based on a 2015 report ...

How Employment Agreements Can Protect An Employer's Intellectual Property And Defend Against Claims of Misappropriation
JD Supra - 2017-01-18
At approximately 4.6%, the current national unemployment rate is lower than it has been since before the 2008 recession. Generally speaking, this means that companies are hiring new employees. While hiring new employees is both a positive and necessary ...

Analysts Weigh in on Arista-Cisco Developments
Investopedia - 2017-01-17
On Friday, the International Trade Commission revoked a November ruling that indicated Arista would be able to import its goods from abroad related to its ongoing patent and copyright infringement cases with industry leader Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO).

Mark Zuckerberg Testifies in Dallas IP Case, Defends Facebook-Oculus Deal - 2017-01-17
ZeniMax Media, which owns the Texas-based software developer id Software, sued Oculus for copyright infringement in 2014, adding Facebook as a defendant after the social media giant purchased the company. In its complaint, ZeniMax alleges that Facebook was ...

User pays but who gets paid? The vexed question of damages for copyright infringement
Lexology - 2017-01-17
The long running litigation in New Zealand between Oraka Technologies and Geostel/Napier Tool & Die over copyright in an asparagus grading machine hit the Court of Appeal again late last year on the question of whether a $4.1 million damages award should ...

Makati government allocates P11.2-million budget for PWD benefits
The Daily Tribune - 2017-01-17
They are also provided slots in the Special Program for the Employment of Students implemented by the city in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment. They are also given priority in parking areas and store lanes, discounts in food outlets ...

Working for the children
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-01-17
The National Child Labor Committee launched three major initiatives to keep children out of the workplace last week in its bid to boost the fight against child labor. The multi-agency committee that is composed of the Departments of Labor and Employment ...

Wanted: more jobs for the young
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-01-16
More than one in every three (34 percent) had actually gone to college, and one in five (20.5 percent ... and innovative enterprises in economies being fast transformed by new technology, including in traditional industries such as agriculture and transport.

No bedroom scene in Australia
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-01-16
One example is the proposed tax on fuel, particularly diesel ... The agency is supposed to be called "Small Business Corporation". But how soon can it start to help the small guys?*

Yearender 2016: Labor sector yet to see the end of contractualization, cheap wage policy
Bulatlat - 2017-01-16
In fact, numerous cases showed that the contractuals can go as high as ninety percent of the workforce. Tanduay Distillers, Philippine Airlines, PLDT, SM, Dole Philippines, electronics firm NXP in Cabuyao, are just some of the examples. Contractualization ...

Top businessmen & a Nobel prizewinner on the Philippine economy in 2017
Philstar - 2017-01-15
He recently galvanized over 500 entrepreneurs, led by Manny V. Pangilinan, Lucio C. Tan, Tessie Sy Coson, Ramon Ang, Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Phil. Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI) president George Barcelon, Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers ...

Immigration, human trafficking, discrimination, LGBTQ matters top agenda at PH Consul General, NY Human Rights Commissioner meeting - 2017-01-15
MANILA, Jan. 15 - Philippine Consul General to New York Ma. Theresa Dizon-De Vega called on Commissioner/Chair Carmelyn Malalis and Deputy Commissioner Dana Sussman of the New York City Commission on Human Rights to introduce herself after her assumption ...

One-Stop Service Center benefits OFWs in Zambo - 2017-01-14
The partner government agencies at OSSCO are Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA ...

DOLE, DSWD team up against child labor
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-13
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have teamed up to ensure a Philippines free of child labor by 2025. The two agencies joined forces in its "Makiisa para sa #1MBatangMalaya: We are ...

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