Returning OFWs to be exempt from OEC requirement starting Sept 15
MSN - 2016-08-08
Perhaps realizing that the notorious piece of paper has brought nothing but headache, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued a resolution temporarily scrapping the OEC requirement. This is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte ...

POEA to exempt selected OFWs from securing OECs
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-08
Starting next month, some overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will no longer be required to secure an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). POEA announced last week it will start exempting ...

Longest ivory crucifix, other Philippine collections loaned to major Singapore show
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2016-08-07
The ivory crucifix is considered the single longest ivory corpus in Christian art in Asia and is on loan to the ACM exhibit by the University ... with Manila in 1567. Culturally, the icon comes close to being as old as Christianity in the Philippines ...

5,000 online game workers may lose jobs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-08-07
A shutdown of publicly listed Philweb Corp. would cost the government at least P2.1 billion in royalty fees that the firm pays to state-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) for the right to operate 286 e-Games outlets nationwide, according to ...

Govt seizes P2.8B of counterfeit goods
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-07
THE government has seized P2.8 billion worth of counterfeit goods as of July, surpassing the full-year value of fake products it confiscated last year, according to the latest data from the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

House to fast-track bills seeking to prohibit labor-only contracting
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-07
She added several employers get away with contractualization because of loopholes in the Labor Code of the Philippines. Earlier, President Duterte warned businessmen against endo, saying they must "stop contractualization." Speaker Pantaleon D.

Smart, Bayad Center tie up to provide payment alternative through PayMaya
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-07
PayMaya is a reloadable virtual Visa card. Top ups may be done at any of the 15,000 reloading stations nationwide that include SM Malls Business Centers, Robinsons Department Stores, Bayad Centers, 7-Eleven stores with Cliqq kiosks, TouchPay Kiosks ...

PayMaya ties up with Bayad Center
Philstar - 2016-08-06
Orlando Vea, president and CEO of PayMaya Philippines and Voyager Innovations Inc. said the partnership with Bayad Center aim to accelerate financial inclusion through payment innovations. "Our partnership with the leading payment fulfillment company ...

Authorities arrest blacklisted American in Pakistan
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-06
He did not elaborate. Hussain said Barrett obtained a visa from the Pakistani consulate in Houston and managed to clear the airport immigration counter. US embassy spokesman Christopher K Snipes said in a text message that the privacy act "prohibits us ...

High-level PH delegation leaving for Saudi to help stranded OFWs
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-06
The immediate target is to bring aid to "those without food and in dire need of medical care and other support services," it added. "A high-level delegation of senior Philippine government ... called on the Duterte administration to follow the ...

Dollar climbs as job gains bolster case for Fed rate increase
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-06
The greenback climbed versus major currencies, posting its biggest weekly gain since June versus the euro, as the Labor Department said nonfarm payrolls climbed 255,000 in July, compared with the 180,000 median forecast in a Bloomberg survey. Evidence of s ...

Kim Dotcom Claims Revived Megaupload Will Run On Bitcoin Micropayments
FORTUNE - 2016-08-05
Now we know more. Dotcom, a German-Finnish man living in New Zealand and currently fighting extradition to the U.S. over copyright-infringement charges, tweeted Friday that the transfers taking place over Megaupload would be linked to very small bitcoin ...

Power Interruption affects workers
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-05
The incessant power shortage in Luzon this week has now started affecting workers. Associated Labor Union (ALU) spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said they got reports from their affiliated labor unions in Metro Manila and Cavite that some of their members were ...

Group to Duterte: Strike hard on smugglers
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-04
As the administration embarks on its goal to cut corporate- and personal-income tax, Javellana warned that state coffers may be drained of revenues and must compensate by recouping from lost taxes on smuggled goods. "President Duterte announced some very ...

IFSU produces more graduates - 2016-08-03
At the Potia Campus, the courses are BS in Agriculture; Forestry; Hotel and Restaurant Management; Entrepreneur; Information Technology; Computer Engineering; Criminology, Associate in Computer Technology, Seafarer Rating Course, BEED, BSED, Diploma in ...

Microsoft Accuses Reseller Of Deleting Evidence in IP Suit
Law 360 - 2016-08-02
that the software giant asserts is material to its copyright infringement case, according to a motion filed Monday. Microsoft is accusing Buy Cheap Software Inc. and its owner and CEO Jonathan Dracup of the "willful destruction" of text messages ...

Senate has safety nets for displaced OFWs
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-02
THE Senate Committee on Labor and Employment is eyeing safety nets for thousands of affected overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families, after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) stopped the recruitment of OFWs by four of nine ...

No tax on P1-M yearly personal income
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-02
"We think that has to be adjusted for some kind of adjustment recognizing inflationary factors," he told reporters on the sidelines of the Financial Times-First Metro Investment Corp. Philippine Investment Summit. The finance department is currently in ...

Bello to return to KSA to bring home stranded overseas workers
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-02
Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III is set to return to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) next week to bring home the estimated 6,000 remaining stranded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Jeddah, Riyadh, and Al Khobar. Bello said he was ...

Inspection of labor contractors urged
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-08-01
THE LABOR Party of the Philippines, or Partido Manggagawa (PM), on Monday urged the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) to conduct an inspection of all existing labor contractors in the wake of a directive it released earlier ordering the suspension ...

Germany needs 250 general nurses --POEA
Journal Online - 2016-08-01
THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has announced that after placing job orders for intensive care nurses, Germany is now looking for general nurses. POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said the International Placement Service of the German ...

Merchant navy personnel may have to pay taxes on income
Economic Times - 2016-08-01
This will lead to payment of heavy income tax on the whole income even when the seafarer is non-resident whether on Indian or foreign flag ships," said an email sent by the unions to their members. Email queries to MUI and NUSI did not elicit any response ...

Duterte asked: Review, not abolish, party-list system
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-31
amending the Labor Code of the Philippines. The Magdalo Party-list (one seat), which represents public officials particularly, from military services, vowed to push the bill expanding and maximizing the scholarship grants extended to the family members of ...

OFW support group: POEA should check more Saudi firms owing backpay to workers
MSN - 2016-07-31
MANILA - The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has confirmed suspension of the deployment of newly-hired OFWs to four of the nine financially ailing Saudi firms reported as owing their workers back wages. but a migrant support group said ...

Morente boots out corrupt BI officers at NAIA, other airports
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-31
Some immigration officers assigned at the international airports in Manila and three other cities have been relieved and are being investigated for allegedly facilitating the departure for South Korea of several Filipinas suspected of being human ...

OFW support group: POEA should check more Saudi firms owing backpay to workers - 2016-07-31
MANILA - The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has confirmed suspension of the deployment of newly-hired OFWs to four of the nine financially ailing Saudi firms reported as owing their workers back wages. but a migrant support group said ...

Court Reinstates Copyright Suit by Writer of '60s 'Iron Man' Song
New York Law Journal - 2016-07-30
Poster from a 1960's adaptation of Marvel comics YouTube A federal appeals court has reinstated a copyright infringement claim of a songwriter who says the "Iron Man" theme he composed for a television adaptation of Marvel superheroes comics in the 1960s ...

Bello orders prosecution of illegal recruiter captured by CIDG, POEA operatives - 2016-07-29
Bello III ordered the immediate prosecution of a large-scale illegal recruiter who was snared by Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, in cooperation with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), during an entrapment operation this w ...

DOJ mulls issuing lookout bulletin for Manila road rage suspect
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-07-29
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is studying the possibility of issuing an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order (ILBO) against Army reservist Vhon Martin Tanto who gunned down cyclist Mark Vincent Geralde after a traffic altercation in Quiapo, Manila last Monday.

India's child labor bill criticized by rights groups
MSN - 2016-07-29
The contentious bill was recently passed in the Rajya Sabha (upper house of parliament) after intense debate. The new bill still requires approval by President Pranab Mukherjee, after which it would become a law. The revised bill makes employment of ...

POEA blacklists 4 Saudi firms for displacing OFWs
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-28
Four large Saudi companies have been suspended by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) from hiring overseas Filipino workers (OFW) after displacing more than 11,000 of them. POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac said they already stopped the ...

Due to K to 12: DOLE-7 vows to help displaced teachers
Philstar - 2016-07-28
CEBU, Philippines - The Department of Labor and Employment-7 has assured that it will assist teachers who lost their jobs due to the K to 12 implementation. "With the implementation of K to 12 this year, it is expected that there will be some Higher ...

Immigration raids at UK burger chain prompts calls for boycott
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-28
LONDON - The arrest of dozens of staff from the upmarket British burger chain Byron by immigration officials reportedly tipped off by the management prompted an outcry and calls for a boycott on Thursday. The interior ministry confirmed that 35 people ...

Business backs moves toward federalism
Inquirer - 2016-07-28
"In a nutshell, what (House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez) described looked impressive. We will have 11 or 12 federal states crafting their own taxation laws, their own revenue-making (measures) and whatever system they want to use to attract more foreign ...

Duterte drops Con-con for Con-ass-Alvarez
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-28
"Like in America, for example, California and New York have their own taxation and they have independence to manage their economy, to manage their natural resources, their own justice system. Here our states can also create their own laws based on their ...

Unwanted Baggage: Asset Acquisition and Successor Liability
JD Supra - 2016-07-28
vs. Cowen and Company, LLC, No. 14 Civ. 3789. The court ruled on cross-motions for summary judgment that defendant Cowen did not expressly assume liability for the acts of copyright infringement alleged by the EIG plaintiffs, and that Cowen was not liable ...

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 - New Federal Protection for Trade Secrets | Orange County Business Journal Intellectual Property Supplement
JD Supra - 2016-07-27
On May 11, 2016, the President signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). The DTSA significantly expands protection of intellectual property rights by creating a body of trade secrets law that applies nationwide and by allowing businesses to ...

Court Distinguishes Between Claims For Relief And Affirmative Defenses In Denying Rehearing Of Order Compelling Arbitration
JD Supra - 2016-07-27
On May 11, 2016 we reported on a dispute between certain captive insurance administrative service providers (Capstone) against various defendants concerning the rights to certain intellectual property related to a captive insurance arrangement. Following a ...

Removing Infringing Content on ISPs Hosted in Thailand and the European Union
Lexology - 2016-07-27
Online copyright infringement is a widespread problem. Infringing content that is uploaded to the Internet in one jurisdiction can be easily accessed from around the world. Internet service providers (ISPs) host and transmit vast amounts of data ...

South China Sea video playing in Times Square
Inquirer Technology - 2016-07-27
Besides Wu, the film also features other Chinese and foreign experts, including John Ross, former policy director of Economic and Business Policy of London, and Catherine West, shadow secretary of state and foreign affairs of the British Labor Party.

Permanent establishment, but no permanent rules
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-27
For income-taxation purposes, a foreign corporation may either be treated as resident or a nonresident foreign corporation. A foreign corporation that is engaged in trade or business within the Philippines is referred to as resident foreign corporation.

Jimmy Page breaks silence on Led Zeppelin's plagiarism trial
Big News Network - 2016-07-27
Page thanked all his fans who "contributed such a positive energy to me". Although Led Zeppelin came out as the winner in the copyright infringement lawsuit against Spirit, the case is not over yet. Michael Skidmore, who represents the estate of late ...

Pro-OFW group issues 'wish list' ahead of Duterte's first SONA
MSN - 2016-07-26
the quick resolution of illegal recruitment and trafficking cases filed by countless OFW victims at the Department of Justice (DOJ), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC); and, the scrapping of ...

BPOs continue to call the shots in PHL real estate
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-26
In Photo: This year the Department of Labor and Employment expects at least 225,000 new hires in the business-process outsourcing sector. As the number of companies and employees swell, the basic requirement of working space, thus, becomes a very important ...

BI seeks new law to replace 76-year-old immigration act
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-07-26
THE Bureau of Immigration has appealed to lawmakers to pass a new measure to replace the 76-year-old law regulating the immigration of foreigners into the Philippines. BI commissioner Jaime Morente said the antiquated Philippine Immigration Act is long ...

DOLE finalizing memorandum to reduce 'endo' practice by 50% in 2016 - 2016-07-25
MANILA, July 26 -- Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said that the Department will issue a memorandum which is aimed at reducing "endo" practice by 50 percent by the end of 2016. "I plan to reduce contractualization by 50 percent ...

Remittances likely to keep rising -- BSP - 2016-07-25
The money was believed stolen by cyber thieves from the account of Bank of Bangladesh in the Federal Reserve in New York and entered the Philippine financial system through a Makati branch of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. Experts expressed concern that ...

Duterte asks Congress to cut personal, corporate taxes
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-25
President Rodrigo R. Duterte yesterday urged the House of Representatives and the Senate to pass a comprehensive tax reform package seeking to lower personal and corporate income taxes. In his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), Duterte also asked ...

Chinese Government Determined to Strengthen Patent Protection
Mondaq - 2016-07-25
The current trend of patent protection in China seen from the Draft Amendment to the Patent Law (Draft for Approval) and Draft of Guidelines for Determination of Patent Infringement State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China submitted the Draft ...

Alvarez urges Congress to get to work, bares legislative agenda
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-07-25
The FOI law will (lead) the light of truth and transparency in government transactions," Alvarez said. Alvarez also wanted the income taxation to be a simplified progressive taxation in order to avoid corrupt revenue officials extorting money from taxpayers.

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