What you need to know about overseas absentee voters
Rappler - 2016-04-09
The numbers are not surprising since based on data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), most overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were deployed to the Middle East in the past 5 years. Latest figures show that there are 885,541 OFWs in ...

DOLE to discuss 8-hour work limit in TV, film production
Philstar - 2016-04-09
In line with this, Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) has drafted and submitted a directive to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for the implementation of the eight-hour work limit in movie and TV shoots. In one of the sections of the draft ...

Apple tax decision not against US: Juncker
MSN - 2016-04-08
The 13-billion-euro demand for payment from the American electronics giant has raised hackles in the US, with the White House decrying what it described as a "unilateral" approach to rewriting global taxation norms. Speaking to reporters before the Group ...

Yellen: U.S. nears full employment, but slack remains
BusinessMirror. - 2016-04-08
Federal Reserve (the Fed) Chairman Janet Yellen said she continues to see some slack remaining in the US labor market, even as the economy shows "tremendous progress" following the financial crisis and the worst recession since the Great Depression.

PH, SoKor seek system of sending, monitoring workers
Manila Bulletin - 2016-04-08
The Chiefs of Mission of labor-sending countries including the Philippines are pushing for the implementation of a comprehensive sending system monitoring program for foreign workers in South Korea. During a recent meeting with Korean Minister of ...

Baldoz warns jobseekers of a recurring job scam in social media using hotel name
interaksyon.com - 2016-04-07
MANILA - Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz reiterated the warning issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration that cautions job applicants not to be duped by a recurring employment scam using the name of a hotel company. "

Trade Secrets Bill with Controversial Civil Seizure Provision Passes Senate
National Law Review - 2016-04-06
But as opportunities to enforce intellectual property through patent suits have been narrowed, another IP door appears to be opening. For several years, Congress has been working on legislation that would, in effect, federalize what until now has been a ...

7 wage boards review pay rates
Philstar - 2016-04-06
She said the wage boards would consult with concerned government agencies, employers and labor organizations to determine if there is a need to grant another salary increase. "The wage boards are assessing the needs of workers and their families ...

Emirates labor law meet finds foreign workers still troubled
Philstar - 2016-04-06
ABU DHABI -- Laborers gathered Wednesday for an event aimed at showcasing how the United Arab Emirates is trying to make labor laws more understandable instead discussed unscrupulous bosses, abuses and poor conditions rampant across the Gulf Arab states.

Government firms back up Manufacturing Resurgence Program
Philstar - 2016-04-05
These agencies include the DTI which serves as lead coordinating agency, Board of Investments, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Agriculture (DA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority , National ...

BIR: Taxpayers should file tax returns early
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-04-05
ROXAS CITY, Capiz, April 5 (PIA) - The Bureau of Internal Revenue calls on taxpayers to file their income tax returns early and not wait for ... of which 51,227 are individual taxpayers and 1,604 are corporate accounts. Other registered taxpayers include ...

DOLE steps up labor law compliance assessment
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-04-05
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Apr. 5 (PIA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment in SOCCSKSARGEN Region (DOLE 12) is intensifying its assessment of private establishments, branches, workplaces and worksites regarding their compliance to laws and ...

Kenyon Mulls Merger Amid Departures, Managing Partner Says
Law 360 - 2016-04-05
Law360, San Francisco (April 4, 2016, 11:28 PM ET) -- Kenyon & Kenyon LLP is no stranger to calls from firms looking to merge with it, but as the intellectual property boutique weathers a series of attorney departures and faces an IP market with stiff ...

Foley Picks Up IP Partner From Hogan Lovells In Japan
Law 360 - 2016-04-04
Philippe Riesen brings his experience handling a wide array of intellectual property issues, including U.S. and multidistrict litigation, America Invents Act post-grant reviews before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, licensing, due diligence ...

Summer vibes! Summer fun!
Philstar - 2016-04-04
The men, for their part, may capture the seafarer look with vibrant stripes and sand-inspired accents, while boys may breeze through the entire summer in carefree stripes or printed tees - plus in-style bottoms and matching gear. The kids may strut and ...

Inside The Defend Trade Secrets Act
Law 360 - 2016-04-04
[3] Thus, there is precedent for these types of procedures. It is also worth noting that ex parte seizure procedures are used in intellectual property cases in numerous jurisdictions outside of the United States. For example, in the United Kingdom ...

USCIS now accepting H-1B petitions for 2017
Global Nation - 2016-04-04
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on April 1 began accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2017 cap. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized ...

Baldoz encourages jobseekers to avail of local job opportunities
Manila Bulletin - 2016-04-04
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz encouraged anew jobseekers to avail of local job and career opportunities in the country during the Kapihan at Balitaan Media Forum Series at the Midas Hotel in Pasay City. "Our local job market offers ...

NAIA-3 shutdown
Manila Bulletin - 2016-04-03
NAIA-3 officials said that a sub-station of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) at NAIA tripped, causing Terminal 3 to lose power at 8:40 p.m. The lights went back on at 9:25 p.m., the power went out again at 9:47 p.m. Manila International Airport ...

No corporate alibi in labor cases
Inquirer - 2016-04-03
SOME employers adopt a dismissive attitude toward labor complaints filed against them by their employees in the belief that by doing so, the problem will quietly go away. They refuse to receive summons from the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC ...

Recto urges enactment of bill raising tax exemption on balikbayan boxes
Philstar - 2016-04-03
Sen. Ralph Recto on Sunday called on Congress and the Palace to speed up enactment of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), which includes a provision to exempt balikbayan boxes with goods worth below P150,000 from taxation. CMTA incorporates a ...

P500M allotted for those displaced by K-12 program
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-04-01
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Friday said it has allotted P500 million for the temporary financial aid of teachers and other higher education institution (HEI) employees who will be retrenched due to the full rollout of the K-12 program ...

Millenials eyed in tie-up between local developer, online property portal
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-04-01
Real estate company Megaworld recently partnered with online property portal Lamudi Philippines to shore up its campaign for San Antonio Residence, a new Makati project that eyes millennials as a market. Aggressive real estate players are currently casting ...

FADEL Ranked in Top 30 Fastest Growing Companies in 2016
MSN - 2016-04-01
NEW YORK, NY --(Marketwired - March 31, 2016) - FADEL, a leading provider of cloud-based intellectual property (IP) rights and royalty management software, was named one of 2016's Top 30 Fastest Growing Companies by The Silicon Review. The publication's ...

Equitable taxation
Philstar - 2016-03-31
DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 1, 2016 - 12:00am After her speech in a forum of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), BIR chief Kim Henares was asked by a reporter from ANC what she thought about ...

DOLE halts school building project for safety violations
Philstar - 2016-03-30
CEBU, Philippines - The Department of Labor and Employment-7 has issued a work stoppage order against the contractor of a school building project at Regino Mercado Elementary School in Cebu City for violations of the safety standards. DOLE-7 director ...

Senatorial, party-list bets urged: Stamp out contractualization
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-03-30
Senatorial and party-list candidates in the upcoming May national elections were asked by the labor sector to present a clear plan to address contractualization. In a dialogue and forum with senatorial and party-list bets on Wednesday, National Anti ...

DOLE-7 bldg has no elevator
Philstar - 2016-03-30
THE EAR (The Freeman) | Updated March 31, 2016 - 12:00am TRANSFER. The regional office of Department of Labor and Employment and the National Labor Relations Commission Regional Arbitration Board VII were transferred to a building along the corner of ...

Lawmaker urges peers to approve bill supporting young job seekers
BusinessMirror. - 2016-03-30
THE chairman of the House Committee on Labor has urged the leadership of the Lower Chamber to approve on third and final reading a measure institutionalizing the nationwide implementation of JobStart Philippines Program when session resumes on May 23.

BIR going after persons tied to money-laundering case
Inquirer - 2016-03-30
Since last year, the BIR and the Department of Finance (DOF) have been urging lawmakers to repeal the bank secrecy law for taxation purposes as well as include tax evasion as predicate crime to money laundering. The DOF has been pointing out that the ...

3 out of 4 Filipinos prefer to work in hometowns
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-03-28
The survey was conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the online employment company JobStreet.com Philippines. The results were presented Monday by JobStreet.com Philippines country manager Philip Gioca at the DOLE media forum series.

Looming strike likely threat: Power outage during polls?
Philstar - 2016-03-28
"As much as possible we will avoid spillover of labor dispute in the service of the public but if management will persist in their hardline stance in the negotiations we will be forced to wage a strike which could disrupt power supply during elections ...

Maternity workers lower wage increase demand
Philstar - 2016-03-28
CEBU, Philippines - The labor union of the employees of the Cebu Puericulture Center and Maternity House Inc. (CPCMHI) has lowered its demand for a wage increase. Fundador Alforque, Cebu Maternity Hospital Employees Independent Union-ADLO-Kilusang Mayo Uno ...

Fast cars, faster taxes
Philstar - 2016-03-28
But take note that as it is into lovers, forgiveness has limits also in taxation. The show of compassion by the BIR has an expiry date. The same Regulation states that released imported automobiles from the customs house without the required ATRIG after ...

Effects on forex transfers watched
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-03-28
Data from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration showed that job orders in January reached 84,670. These were intended mainly to fill in demand for service, production, and professional, technical and related workers in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait ...

When this nation will rise
BusinessMirror. - 2016-03-28
Although agriculture is the smallest contributor to economic growth, it is the second-largest employer. Based on the latest Labor Force Survey, workers in the agriculture sector made up 27 percent of the total employed as of January 2016, while workers in ...

Earn points to travel the world
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-03-27
Loyalty does pay off. And in the case of Citi cardholders, their points will now bring them to places they desire, thanks to Citi ThankYou Rewards, which is now available for Philippine customers. "Citi was the first credit card to introduce a rewards ...

Biz Buzz: Solaire vows to name laundering beneficiaries
Inquirer - 2016-03-27
The PSE received last Wednesday a copy of summons from the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) in relation to a complaint for "illegal dismissal and recovery of salaries and other monetary benefits" filed by Quinitio against the PSE, president ...

Would you perform surgery on yourself? Or would you let a doctor do it?
Philstar - 2016-03-26
IMMIGRATION CORNER By Michael J. Gurfinkel (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 27, 2016 - 12:00am Some people, with only limited knowledge or understanding of immigration laws, try to strategize and handle their immigration case on their own. They follow ...

Poe eyes lower corporate income tax
Manila Bulletin - 2016-03-26
Presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe is eyeing cutting down corporate income tax rates as a strategy to boost job creation in the Philippines. Aside from lowering the tax rates on personal income, Poe believes reducing corporate income tax is a better ...

Gilead ordered to pay Merck $200M in drug patent dispute
MSN - 2016-03-25
The damages award is far less than the $2 billion Merck had demanded. On Tuesday, the same jury in San Jose, California, upheld the validity of the patents, which lie at the heart of the dispute over Gilead's blockbuster drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni.

French students, police clash over labor reforms
MSN - 2016-03-24
Clashes break out when hundreds of students march through Paris to protest proposed changes in the country's labor laws designed to make France more business-friendly.Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Customs, immigration, and quarantine facilities urged in Tagbilaran airport
Manila Bulletin - 2016-03-24
To ensure the accommodation of direct flights from Asian countries, Tagbilaran Airport needs to boost its capabilities by setting up customs immigration and quarantine (CIQ) facilities, a House leader said. Bohol Rep. Rene Relampagos, who chairs the House ...

Baldoz tapped to head UN health, economic commission
Manila Bulletin - 2016-03-23
Labor Undersecretary Nicon Fameronag disclosed Baldoz was handpicked by UN for her extensive experience in public service as part of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). "She brings to the multi-sectoral Commission a wealth of experience and ...

NLRC upholds GMA Network in illegal dismissal complaint
GMA Network - 2016-03-23
The Sixth Division of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) reversed and set aside the decision of Labor Arbiter Eduardo DJ. Carpio in an illegal dismissal complaint filed against broadcast company GMA Network, Inc. (GMA). In its decision ...

New Pilot Specialized Trial Mechanism of Intellectual Property Disputes Enforced in Shanghai
Lexology - 2016-03-22
"2+1" Trial Mode: Presently, the SIPC judges are selected through an open proceeding by the Shanghai High People's Court from the best candidates with over 8-year experiences in the trials of intellectual property cases from the three-level Shanghai courts.

DA to roll out map showing impact of climate change on farm output
BusinessMirror. - 2016-03-22
This is projected to go up further due to climate change. To help the Philippines cope with climate change, Chairman of the House Committee on Labor and National Unity Party Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles of Davao City urged the government to create an army of ...

Fans to meet MaiDen on Labor Day
Manila Bulletin - 2016-03-22
ALDub tandem Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards is slated to meet fans and spectators to the Labor Day extravaganza being organized by Bingo cookie sandwiches, one of the many consumer products that the duo is currently endorsing.

Mission to Seafarers Manila supports seafarer shot by pirates
Seatrade Maritime news - 2016-03-22
The Mission to Seafarers Manila has extended support to a Filipino seafarer after he was shot during a pirate attack onboard an oil tanker. Second mate Edwin Acasio and the crew of Leon Diaz were transiting the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria when ...

6 Unique Challenges for Protecting and Exploiting Intellectual Property in the United Arab Emirates
JD Supra - 2016-03-22
Trade marks, designs and logos can all be registered. Enforcement proceedings can be brought against suppliers of counterfeit goods and unauthorised sellers. Various sanctions and remedies are available, including provisional prevention measures, seizures ...

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