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 ...

Over 45,000 passengers offloaded at NAIA in 2016
The Daily Tribune - 2017-01-20
More than 45,000 passengers were barred by the Bureau of Immigration from leaving the country last year who were suspected to be "tourist workers" and victims of human trafficking syndicate, BI commissioner Jaime Morente said. BI records revealed that ...

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
thestandard.com.ph - 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
texaslawyer.com - 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 ...

Of Klingons and Copyrights: Trekkie Fan Film Hits Fair Use Flameout
JD Supra - 2017-01-17
A Star-Trek fan-film is boldly headed to a jury trial to determine whether Axanar Productions--the company behind the fan-film--is liable for copyright infringement. Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios sued Axanar Productions in December 2015 after it ...

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
news.pia.gov.ph - 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
news.pia.gov.ph - 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 ...

Latina Americana: the Madz Et Al Latin American Festival
clickthecity.com - 2017-01-13
This year the Madz gather anew with a number of passionate and talented choral groups to celebrate and explore the music and culture of Latin America, in the 2011 Madz Et Al festival entitled Latina Americana: the Madz Et Al Latin American Festival.

Higher minimum wage have losers, US studies find
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-12
"I think the way to relate this result to the real world labor market is to consider what would happen if Wal-Mart had to raise wages," said Arindrajit Dube, an economist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, who has studied minimum wage law

Drilon: Cut business incentives and not raise tax on oil
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-12
Instead of raising taxes on petroleum products, the government can raise its revenue by rationalizing fiscal incentives granted to businesses, Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon said on Thursday. Drilon said the Department of Budget and ...

Workers forum held in NorMin
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-01-12
functions of the RTIPC (Inspection component); rights for self-organization and rights for unfair labor practice, among others. In attendance were union groups from Alliance of Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), All Workers ...

BAN Toxics, ILO call for an end to child labor in small-scale mining
news.pia.gov.ph - 2017-01-11
QUEZON CITY, Jan. 12 - BAN Toxics, together with the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Labor (DOLE), today called for an end to child labor in the Philippines. The call ...

Pantawid Pamilya pushes for child labor-free Philippines
news.pia.gov.ph - 2017-01-11
QUEZON CITY, Jan. 12 - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, intensifies its efforts to help end child labor as it launches the Family Development Session Module on Child Labor. The module ...

India Inc spending more on cyber security but threats still loom large
Economic Times - 2017-01-11
Among threats, the majority (54%) believe that cyber-attacks are primarily targeted at defacing/disrupting organisations or towards stealing intellectual property or data (51%), followed by fraud (48%). "Disruptive innovations and the digital ...

Supreme Court Declines to Review Personal Jurisdiction Ruling in Drug Patent Case
JD Supra - 2017-01-10
In March 2016, a Federal Circuit panel issued a decision in Acorda Therapeutics Inc. v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. in which it held that Mylan was subject to specific personal jurisdiction in the District of Delaware because Mylan had submitted an ...

Smart Cannabis Businesses are Staking a Claim to Their Intellectual Property
JD Supra - 2017-01-10
Yes, cannabis is still listed as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance; and yes, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will not register trademarks for cannabis strains. But there are still a number of creative ways that cannabis businesses can ...

Court Allows Copyright Infringement Claims to Live Long and Prosper Against Trekkie
JD Supra - 2017-01-10
A federal judge recently held that an unauthorized "Star Trek" fan film created by Axanar Productions was "objectively substantially similar" to Star Trek. The court found that Axanar sought to make a "professional production" with a trained ...

Study On Judiciary Protection On Variety Show Copyright
Mondaq - 2017-01-10
Yuzheng The block-buster copyright infringement case between Chen Zhe (Qiongyao) and Yu Zheng (Yuzheng) attracted high attention from society, which was successfully selected as 2015 Top 10 Intellectual Property Cases of the Supreme People's Court.

Manufacturing likely pushed Q4 GDP growth to 7.4%, Pernia says
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-10
Pernia also encouraged the expansion of production capacity. "Last, we must make sure that the technical skills of our labor force are in line with industry needs, and that opportunities to enhance technical competencies are available to people in the ...

Anti-Piracy: Can It Exist Without Mass Censorship?
Digital Music News - 2017-01-10
"The proposal is constructed as if the only way to prevent copyright infringement is to filter userĀ­-uploaded content. All content would be subject to the filtering. This would mean that a censorship machine is implemented just in case there is an ...

Broadly Drafted Software Licenses and Their Enforcement
New York Law Journal - 2017-01-09
Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided. When breach of contract and copyright infringement disputes concerning software licenses arise, the scope of the permitted access and use of the license is often the subject of the ...

D.O.T. leads Miss Universe interagency team
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-09
Alegre. Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo assured that concerns about security, vehicular traffic, airport and immigration procedures, transport and accommodations have been addressed by the Miss Universe hosting secretariat in continuous preparations ...

Tax planning tips and reminders for 2017
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-09
Here are some tips and reminders that may assist every business to start the New Year right. Create a tax calendar--With the various submittals and due dates, it is somewhat easy to overlook things that might lead to tax exposures. A tax calendar ...

Demystifying contractualization
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-09
IN 1974 the Labor Code of the Philippines (Presidential Decree 442, as amended, promulgated on May 1, 1974), defined workers simply as "any member of the labor force, whether employed or unemployed" (Book One, Article 12(a)). Book Two, Title II ...

Duterte BFF Sepulvida assures fairness of NPS
politics.com.ph - 2017-01-09
A former Davao City Assistant Prosecutor, Sepulvida officially took over from Claro Arellano who was earlier designated as Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) chairman. "To me, all cases are the same. There is no such thing as big high ...

Solons: Two-tier tax on cigs fair, logical
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-08
"Is it possible that the taxation for premium brands like Hennessy XO be the same with local brands like Tanduay or Ginebra San Miguel, to call it a form of unitary tax? "Atienza asked. He noted that it would immediately kill local brands because the ...

Ninoy, Digong of same mold
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-06
The US documents, Ocampo said, quoted Ninoy as saying that if he were president he would "execute corrupt officials at Luneta as a lesson to other officials that he means business ... which amends the Sin Tax Law and provides for a two-tier tax ...

New Customs tax policy shows FedEx efficiency
The Daily Tribune - 2017-01-05
The implementation of new provisions to Customs Modernization and Tariff Act allows FedEx Express (FedEx) to highlight its efficient solutions in support of customers who are sending packages to the Philippines. The Bureau of Customs raised the de minimis ...

Copyright and Compliance for All: 10 Business Resolutions to Increase Copyright Success and Security in 2017
JD Supra - 2017-01-05
imposes strict piracy "anti-circumvention" measures meant to protect copyright holders from copyright infringement on the internet. But because the DMCA captures an otherwise large swath of internet service providers who do not have control over what ...

Streaming TV Co. President Can't Duck Dish Copyright Suit
Law 360 - 2017-01-04
Law360, Washington (January 4, 2017, 3:30 PM EST) -- The owner of an Arabic pay-TV company must face a copyright infringement suit claiming the service steals signals from Dish Network LLC because he personally supervised the alleged infringing activity ...

Congress to regulate employment of foreigners
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-04
AFTER 43 years of neglect, Congress has finally realized the need to strengthen and regulate the employment of all foreign nationals in the country by imposing penalty on those who transfer work without the prior approval of the secretary of labor and ...

Protection of intellectual property rights
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-04
The Philippines has shown great improvement in the past years in terms of intellectual-property rights (IPR) protection, as highlighted by its removal from the United States watchlist of trading partners with grave IPR infringements. In addition to the ...

Candidate Duterte different as President? Unacceptable, says Bayan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-04
Militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan ... President Rodrigo Duterte from the candidate who made the promise of pension hike for Social Security System (SSS) members in the campaign trail. Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes said Diokno ...

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