Qatar to abolish exit visa system by year's end
Rappler - 2019-04-27
DOHA, Qatar - Qatar is set to abolish its controversial exit visa system for all foreign workers by the end of the year, the UN's International Labor Organization (ILO) said Friday, April 26. Qatar has introduced a series of labor reforms since its ...

Top Marvel Editor Perjured Self In Iron Man IP Suit, Artists Say
Law360 - 2019-04-27
Law360 (April 26, 2019, 9:29 PM EDT) -- Two comic artists argued Thursday they should be allowed to pursue copyright infringement claims against Disney's Marvel Entertainment for allegedly ripping off their armor designs for an "Iron Man 3" poster ...

First OFW hospital to rise in Pampanga
philstar.com - 2019-04-27
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday said the groundbreaking of the hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga would be held on May 1. "The hospital will be exclusively for OFWs and their dependents... to provide them with free services when ...

Philippines gets JCR upgrade, nears top credit rating
philstar.com - 2019-04-26
A single A credit rating will place the Philippines on the radar screen of even more portfolio investors, given that some institutional investors have a policy of investing only in bonds issued by A-rated sovereigns or corporate entities. This is the ...

Philippines gets $12.2B in new investments, trade commitments from China
Global Nation - 2019-04-26
BEIJING--The Philippines bagged $12.16 billion worth of new investment and trade deals with Chinese partners--including big-ticket and labor-intensive energy, petrochemical, industrial park and ...

What does it take to remove a US president from office?
InterAksyon - 2019-04-26
The Senate then conducts a trial. House members act as the prosecutors, with senators as the jurors. The chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court presides over the trial. Senate chamber of the United States. (Flickr/United States Senate) A two-thirds ...

BIR collections up 11% in 1st quarter
Inquirer - 2019-04-26
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) grew its collections by over a tenth to P468.2 billion in the first quarter on the back of better tax administration and the second round of excise hikes under ...

Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights
Assam Tribune - 2019-04-26
GUWAHATI, April 26 - In order to throw light on intellectual property rights and scientific research publications, the Intellectual Property Cell (IPC) of Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) organised a workshop on Research Publications and Intellectual ...

Boracay Redux
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-26
The actual losses from personal and business incomes have yet to be fully quantified, although a recent study by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) estimated economic loss ...

Workers kept inside buildings during quake? Dole urged to probe incident
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-26
MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan -- President Rodrigo Duterte should order the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) to probe reports that some call center and mall employees were not allowed to leave ...

Gatchalian: Malampaya tax case resolution to revitalize oil industry
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-26
MANILA, Philippines--The ruling of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Singapore on the arbitration case filed by Shell Philippines Exploration B.V (SPEX) against the government on the ...

Sandiganbayan junks P29.58-B reward claim of Marcos ill-gotten wealth 'informer'
Rappler - 2019-04-26
at the Philippine National Bank-Trust Banking Group." Sandiganbayan Associate Justices Ma Theresa Dolores C. Gomez-Estoesta, Zaldy V. Trespeses, and Georgina D. Hidalgo said a BIR decision is not appealable with the court. The court clarified that under ...

65,000 detainees may vote in May polls - Comelec
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-26
MANILA, Philippines - Around 65,000 detainees will be able to exercise their right to vote in the midterm elections next month, a Commission on Elections (Comelec) official said Friday.

Japan debt watcher to upgrade PH outlook on "Build," tax reform programs
Inquirer - 2019-04-26
MANILA, Philippines-The ambitious infrastructure program coupled with comprehensive tax reform being pursued by the Duterte administration have allowed debt watcher Japan Credit Rating Agency ...

BI to deport two SoKor nationals for online game scam
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Two South Korean nationals will be deported after being apprehended for violating the game industry promotion rules of their home country, the Bureau of Immigration (BI ...

Duterte creates Philippine Organizing Committee for Expo 2020 Dubai
Global Nation - 2019-04-26
The Tourism Secretary will serve as the Vice Chairperson while the Foreign Affairs Secretary, Budget Secretary, Labor Secretary, Science and Technology Secretary, and the Information and ...

Best tax options for small businesses
Inquirer - 2019-04-26
Mixed income earners can still choose the 8 percent income tax but only on their business/professional income. Their compensation income will still be subjected to graduated rates. For those ...

Australia businesses seek clarity on tax perks under TRABAHO bill
philstar.com - 2019-04-26
Approved on third and final reading at the House of Representatives, TRAIN 2 or TRABAHO bill would gradually bring down the corporate income tax rate to 20 percent from 30 percent, and rationalize fiscal incentives enjoyed by investors. Among the changes ...

From Malaysia to Mauritius, UK aid funds six global anti-slavery projects
InterAksyon - 2019-04-26
Six organizations, such as charity Anti-Slavery International and the United Nations University, a research institution, will share the aid money from The Modern Slavery Innovation Fund. The funding will also be used to run workshops on modern slavery in ...

Exciting News From the USDA: Applications Now Accepted for Hemp Intellectual Property Protection
JD Supra - 2019-04-25
DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

BIR runs after fake cigarette maker in Pangasinan
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-25
The BIR said in a statement on Thursday the bureau charged Danilo de Quintos Calugay for the "unlawful pursuit of business, failure to file excise tax returns, unlawful possession or removal of ...

Older workers helped fuel recent US growth. Can it last?
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-25
From health care to manufacturing, companies in places like Wisconsin are taking longer to hire as they struggle to find workers; some have delayed projects, others have become more willing to hire ex-convicts and less experienced workers bypassed when ...

Attention Copyright Owners: How Far Back Can You Claim Damages?
Law - 2019-04-25
James Bryan, partner with Leon Cosgrove in Coral Gables, Florida. Copyright infringement usually happens over time, not all at once. A copyright owner typically discovers that someone has been expropriating protected work for several years. A key question ...

DoF claims broad support from MSMEs for TRABAHO bill
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-25
The second tranche, also known as the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High Quality Opportunities (TRABAHO) bill, aims to reduce corporate income tax from the current 30% to 20%. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said that only a small ...

End Of The Internet? : An Analysis Of The EU Copyright Directive
Mondaq - 2019-04-25
Lastly, mandatory filtering technology that scans all uploads to a platform can be used for purposes other than just monitoring copyright infringement. Therefore, while intended to address copyright infringement, the above stated Article would actually lay ...

Supreme Court allows 'Morong 43' trial to continue
Rappler - 2019-04-25
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) will not stop the trial of 7 law enforcement officers charged for the alleged illegal detention of the "Morong 43" health workers in 2010. The SC Third Division recently denied the motions for reconsideration ...

Joe Biden announces he is running for president in 2020
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-25
(CNN) -- After months of deliberation, former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday announced his decision to run for president for a third time, answering one of the biggest outstanding questions ...

Eight more Filipinos to return home from Libya -- DFA
Global Nation - 2019-04-25
Cash assistance worth P20,000 on top of the entrepreneurial assistance, if they decide to start a business here, will also be provided. /je

Labor bets to gov't workers: We will restore right to negotiate, strike
Rappler - 2019-04-25
TAGAYTAY, Philippines - Labor Win candidates pitched to government workers on Thursday, April 25, that if they are elected, they will work towards the restoration of their rights to strike and negotiate for collective agreements. "That is the biggest ...

ALI set to hold REIT offering to raise $500M
Inquirer - 2019-04-25
This would allow companies to spin off recurring income assets as traded vehicles on the Philippine ... Another company that had expressed interest in REITs was SM Prime Holdings Inc., the country ...

Macklemore Beats Copyright Suit Over 'Thrift Shop'
Law360 - 2019-04-24
The songs, the judge said, simply did not sound similar enough to constitute copyright infringement. "After performing a listening comparison of each of Mr. Batiste's songs and the work that allegedly infringes it, and aided by the guidance of the ...

Nora Roberts sues Brazilian author, cites 'multi-plagiarism'
The Washington Times - 2019-04-24
NEW YORK (AP) - Best-selling novelist Nora Roberts is suing a Brazilian writer for copyright infringement, alleging that Cristiane Serruya has committed "multi-plagiarism" on a "rare and scandalous" level. In papers filed Wednesday morning in Rio ...

Study: TRAIN law hurt lower-income folk more
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-24
Further, she said October 2018 collections of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Bureau of Customs (BOC) indicate that excise and VAT revenues may fall short of their collection targets for ...

DOLE to issue implementing rules of expanded maternity law on May 1
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-24
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is set to release the implementing rules and regulation (IRR) of the Expanded Maternity Leave during its Labor Day celebration next week. Apart from ...

BIR releases draft RR on estate tax amnesty proposal
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-24
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) released on Wednesday the draft revenue regulation (RR) on estate tax amnesty offering under Republic Act (RA) 11213, or the Tax Amnesty Act of 2019 ...

Ayala Land to list 1st REIT company in PHL
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-24
Ayala Land will be the first company to list the REIT a decade after the law was passed in 2009, a measure mostly riled by investors and the property company themselves mainly due to taxation ...

Ayala Land files first real estate investment trust listing
philstar.com - 2019-04-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Property developer Ayala Land Inc. is reportedly eyeing to raise $500 million as it prepares to participate in the real estate investment trust (REIT) industry in the Philippines. According to a Wednesday report by The STAR, Ayala ...

Dole cannot process foreign workers permit on its own -- Bello
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The labor department does not have enough manpower to single-handedly process alien employment permits for foreign workers, labor secretary Silvestre Bello III said Wednesday.

Poll watchdogs want SC to nullify ban on taking photos during election
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Poll watchdogs on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to nullify the ban against taking of photographs during elections. In a 26-page petition, they called on the Court to ...

Bello echoes Locsin: We cannot force Filipinos in Libya to go home
Global Nation - 2019-04-24
MANILA, Philippines -- While recognizing the importance of having our countrymen repatriated from Libya, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Wednesday agreed with Foreign Affairs Secretary ...

Dems clash with Trump officials on subpoenas, tax returns
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-24
WASHINGTON -- The struggle between House Democrats and the Trump administration over investigations intensified Tuesday as a former White House official defied a subpoena and the Treasury ...

Australia political leaders use Chinese app to chase votes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-24
Bill Shorten, who leads the center-left Labor Party, was similarly unconcerned by the type of censorship that the Chinese Communist Party routinely exercises on Chinese social media.

Dole ready to provide assistance to OFWs repatriated from Libya
Global Nation - 2019-04-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) on Wednesday urged Filipinos workers in Libya to leave the strife-torn country, saying that they will be assisted once they ...

Korean business group wants to attract more investments in Cebu
Inquirer.net - 2019-04-24
According to Cho, the company would like to come to Cebu because of the lower labor costs and the good quality of labor. On the other hand, K-Water has invested in the Angat dam project ...

Workers not allowed to evacuate during earthquake 'can file complaints'
Rappler - 2019-04-24
MANILA, Philippines - Workers who were not allowed to evacuate from their offices when a magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolted Luzon on Monday, April 22, may file complaints with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello ...

BIR starts work on estate tax amnesties with draft guidelines
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 24) -- The government's biggest tax collecting agency published draft regulations online on how to avail of amnesty for unpaid estate taxes, taking off from ...

Proliferation of fake overseas employment certificates alarms BI
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-24
OrtaƱez said that the victims carried fake Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) clearances and pre-departure orientation seminar certificates. "They mistakenly thought we will ...

Three 6 Mafia DJ Hits Travis Scott With $20M Infringement Suit
Law360 - 2019-04-24
DJ Paul is the only member of the best-selling aughts-era hip-hop group named in the suit, which claims copyright infringement and seeks an injunction. "When Scott recently performed 'No Bystanders' at the Grammys, the chant that he used for much of the ...

SWS: Robredo net satisfaction rating rises to 'good', Sotto maintains 'very good' score in Q1 2019
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 24) -- The Vice President's net satisfaction increased while the Senate President, the House Speaker and the Chief Justice kept their current net satisfaction ...

PhilWeb buys 3 gaming sites
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-24
Earnings before income, taxation, depreciation, and amortization stood at P9 million, compared to P152 million in negative cash flow in 2017. PhilWeb Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gregorio Ma. Araneta III said they are working on bringing the ...

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