TUCP warns employers vs hiring less women over maternity leave law
Rappler - 2019-03-21
"We remind employers that under Article 135 of the Labor Code, it shall be unlawful for any employer to discriminate against any woman employee with respect to terms and conditions of employment solely on the condition of her sex," he added. The survey ...

Intellectual Property Law Year in Review - March 2019
JD Supra - 2019-03-21
In the continuously evolving world of intellectual property law, 2018 was another milestone year. The US Supreme Court and Federal Circuit continued to define key aspects of intellectual property (IP) law including: o Clarifying that the 35 USC ┬ž 102(a ...

Competition Bureau Releases Updated Enforcement Guidelines On Abuse Of Dominance And Intellectual Property
Mondaq - 2019-03-21
On March 7, 2019, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) published new Abuse of Dominance Enforcement Guidelines (2019 Guidelines). These guidelines supersede the Bureau's previous guidelines (2012 Guidelines) on sections 78 and 79 of the Competition Act (Act ...

Only 173 Chinese workers in infrastructure projects -- DOF
philstar.com - 2019-03-20
This is pursuant to Article 40 of the Labor Code of the Philippines, which provides that an employment permit may be issued to a non-resident alien only after it is determined that no person in the domestic workforce has the skills and competence to ...

Jerry Media Stole Meme To Make Ad, Suit Says
Law360 - 2019-03-20
Law360 (March 20, 2019, 5:46 PM EDT) -- Jerry Media, the ad agency behind the popular Fuckjerry Instagram account, is being sued for copyright infringement for allegedly stealing a social media meme and reposting it as an advertisement, echoing recent ...

2 High Court Decisions Highlight Copyright Act Complexities
Law360 - 2019-03-20
Database registrations can require years before actual registration. The formalities limitations found in the Copyright Act provide: "no civil action for infringement of the copyright in any United States work shall be instituted until ... registration ...

March 2019 IP Update: Copyright Owners Must Wait to File Infringement Claims
JD Supra - 2019-03-20
Section 411(a) of the Copyright Act provides that "no civil action for infringement of . . . copyright . . . shall be instituted until . . . registration of the copyright claim has been made in accordance with this title." A split among the circuits ...

Government set to release 4th tranche of salary hike
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-20
Employees of the Quezon City local government and the Bureau of Internal Revenue assist taxpayers who trooped to the Quezon City Hall in this file photo. TWO months before elections and amid a ...

Labor to fight for maternity-leave benefits
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-20
Labor groups on Wednesday said employers who will engage in discriminatory practices to avoid compliance with the Expanded Maternity Leave (EML) Law will face lawsuits. Partido Manggawa (PM) and ...

ECCP banks on Ease of Doing Business to grow investments
Sun Star - 2019-03-20
and use online unified business application forms. Moreover, the ECCP also stood firm in its stance to keep the incentives for foreign investors that is currently in danger of being taken away from them under the proposed Tax Reform for Attracting Better ...

Trillanes fails to secure TRO on rebellion case
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-20
This according to the Court of Appeals (CA) that decided not to give Senator Antonio Trillanes IV a TRO on March 18. "We may not temporarily restrain or preliminary enjoin the prosecution of the ...

Decals, RFID tags eyed as alternative to 'doble plaka' in new motorcycle law
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 20) -- Government officials are considering using decals, stickers or RFID tags instead of license plates for motorcycles amid outcry from riders on the new ...

Court of Appeals won't stop Trillanes rebellion trial for now
Rappler - 2019-03-20
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) will not stop "at this time" the reopening of the rebellion trial of opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. "The application for a temporary restraining order (TRO) or a writ of preliminary ...

Facebook settles lawsuits alleging discriminatory ads
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-20
From November 2016 to September 2018, the company was hit with five discrimination lawsuits and charges from civil rights and labor organizations, workers and individuals. The allegations claimed ...

Michael Cohen warrants show how the FBI can unlock your phone and track your movements
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-19
While the issue has never come before the Supreme Court, tech civil liberties experts warn that a warrant can compel a suspect to use their face or fingerprint to give up access to an otherwise ...

You can now buy products directly on Instagram
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-19
(CNN) -- You can now buy the leather jacket you found while browsing Instagram on the app itself. On Tuesday, the photo-sharing platform announced a new checkout option that lets users purchase ...

Government posts higher budget surplus over low spending in reenacted budget
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) -- The delayed 2019 budget is rearing its ugly head in the form of low spending that has resulted in a budget surplus in January - four times more that ...

Aspiring law students must take PhilSAT in September
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) -- The legal education system regulator said aspiring law students must take the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT) scheduled in September ...

Canada's new caregiver program raises more questions than answers
Rappler - 2019-03-19
TORONTO, Canada - When Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced two new 5-year caregiver immigration pilot projects and an interim pathway to permanent residency for care workers already in Canada on February 23, Jhoelyn Cruz said she didn't know ...

Poe: MWSS more liable for water shortage in Metro Manila
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) is even more liable on the ongoing water shortage affecting thousands of people in Metro Manila and nearby areas ...

Duterte's withdrawal from ICC an 'act of desperation' - Human Rights Watch
Rappler - 2019-03-19
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday said the Bureau of Immigration will likely deny entry to ICC investigators if they go to the Philippines to gather evidence and testimony. Duterte also previously threatened to arrest ICC chief prosecutor ...

KISSA AND DAWAT: The Bangsamoro saga from A to B
MindaNews - 2019-03-19
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis in New State Ice Co. versus Liebmann (1932) described this phrase in the following words: "That a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic ...

Supreme Court Clarifies the Rules for Enforcing Copyrights
JD Supra - 2019-03-19
In the short term: Copyright owners will need to register their works (or wait for the U.S. Copyright Office reject their applications) before filing copyright infringement complaints. Lawsuits filed without a registration will be dismissed. Copyright ...

Palace: ICC prosecutors who come to probe Duterte to be deported
Global Nation - 2019-03-18
Yet it did, thus recognizing the status of the Philippines as a state party to the Rome Statute since 2011," De Lima said. University of the Philippines (UP) professor Elizabeth Aguiling ...

Underemployment, unemployment decline in January - PSA
Inquirer - 2019-03-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The number of Filipinos in the labor force who wanted more working hours or better jobs than what they have dropped to 15.6 percent in January, the government reported ...

Bureau of Immigration steps up drive vs trafficking of minors
philstar.com - 2019-03-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has stepped up its drive against the trafficking of Filipino minors to other countries. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente has tapped immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA ...

Metro Pacific core profit jumps 7% to P15.1 billion
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-18
This includes the case against Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System on the treatment of corporate income tax as an expense recovered through tariffs, as well as its claim against the government to recover foregone revenues due to delays in ...

House to withdraw budget version it sent to Senate, ending standoff
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-18
Workers lay steel bars at a drainage construction site along NIA Road in Quezon City on Monday. Construction works are being rushed in summer to avoid long interruptions from rains and flooding ...

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirms gun law reform after mosque massacre
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-18
The Prime Minister also announced that there would be an inquiry into the specific circumstances leading up to Friday's attack ... Ardern, accompanied by the governor-general, Patsy Reddy ...

Big in Japan
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-18
Japanese promoters were required by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to maintain $20,000 escrow accounts with local banks, amounting to millions more in foreign-exchange deposits.

Dealing with difficult people and difficult situation
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-18
1. The international environment itself is unstable; business dealing is particularly susceptible to sudden changes, such as currency devaluations, coups, wars and radical shifts in governments ...

SC halts implementation of law school admission exam
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-18
"Those who have not taken the PhiLSAT prior to the beginning of the Academic Year 2018 to 2019, or who have taken the PhiLSAT but did not pass, or are honor graduates in college with no PhiLSAT Exemption Certificate, or honor graduates with expired ...

Court of Appeals orders reinstatement of Coast Guard officer
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-18
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) has reversed its 2018 ruling and ordered the reinstatement of a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) officer who was dismissed for questionable purchase ...

Pay tax dues early, taxpayers advised
philstar.com - 2019-03-18
Eduardo Pagulayan, regional director at the Bureau of Internal Revenue in Cebu (BIR-13), said taxpayers shouldn't wait for the April 15 deadline. "I hope the taxpayers will avoid the rush by filing and paying their income tax returns early and not waiting ...

Budget surplus widens to P44.5 billion under reenacted budget
Rappler - 2019-03-18
Most collections came from the Bureau of Internal Revenue, raising P185.1 billion, up by 5% from last year, due to the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law. In 2018, the government spent more than what it had intended to, which resulted in a ...

Bengzon counting on SEC to regain control of The Medical City
Inquirer - 2019-03-18
MANILA, Philippines - A shareholders group from whom control of The Medical City was recently wrested on Monday expressed confidence that corporate regulators would rule in its favor in ...

SEC makes permanent cease-and-desist order vs KAPA
Inquirer - 2019-03-18
MANILA, Philippines - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has made permanent its cease-and-desist order (CDO) to Kapa-Community Ministry International Inc. (KAPA), a Surigao del Sur ...

Despite Boracay reopening, many workers have not returned
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-17
The Department of Labor and Employment in Western Visayas said in a statement that its assistance to workers affected by the closure had reached P507 million as of Jan. 31. The amount included ...

SSS contribution rate to rise to 12% in April
Inquirer - 2019-03-17
Bilateral labor accords For sea-based OFWs and land-based OFWs working where the SSS has existing bilateral labor agreements with their foreign counterparts, employers must contribute two-thirds ...

PH, Japan to sign labor cooperation agreement
Global Nation - 2019-03-17
Filipino workers can get more than a third of the 350,000 available jobs that Japan will open to foreign nationals with the effectivity next month of a law allowing new residence status to foreign ...

Tax hikes to dampen investor appetite in local financial instruments-expert
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-17
However, from the business standpoint, the cost of completing a transaction or delivering their service have already doubled," Sandoval said. "In wholesale investments, the increased costs ...

CA favors developer in ?322-M land sale
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-17
THE Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the right of a property developer to rescind the contracts it signed with a real-estate tycoon for the sale of a 150-hectare land in Barangay Batulao ...

Bureau of Internal Revenue urges taxpayers to make a clean start with amnesty law
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-17
The forum, held at Tanghalan ng Pasigue├▒o Pasig City, was facilitated by Revenue Region 7-Quezon City and Revenue District 43-Pasig City to educate taxpayers about ease of doing business ...

Saving Manila Bay: Is it possible?
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-17
The government, led by the DENR, DILG and DOT, is tasked to implement a 2008 Supreme Court continuing mandamus to clean up, rehabilitate and preserve Manila Bay, and restore and maintain its ...

Thousands of jobs for PHL workers seen to open up from new labor deal with Japan
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-17
THE deployment of newly hired overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Japan is expected to recover this year as the country signs another agreement with the Japanese government this week. Labor and ...

CTA en banc upholds San Miguel refund decision
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-17
THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) rejected a Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) appeal against an excise tax refund claim filed by San Miguel Brewery, Inc. in connection with its San Mig Light brand amounting to P761 million. In a three-page resolution on March ...

Guevarra: ICC withdrawal no effect on justice system
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-17
THE PHILIPPINES has officially withdrawn from the International Criminal Court (ICC) as of Sunday, March 17. This took effect a year after the country submitted its withdrawal to the United Nations secretary-general on March 17, 2018 following the ...

Palace on ICC withdrawal: PH can manage with its own laws
Global Nation - 2019-03-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Malaca├▒ang took a swipe at those criticizing the withdrawal of the Philippines from the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying that the jurisdictional crimes of that ...

Senate bets bare opposing sides on PH exit from ICC
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-17
The ICC withdrawal took effect Sunday but the case on its constitutionality remains pending in the Supreme Court.

PDEA: Narco-list product of 14-month revalidation
Sun Star - 2019-03-17
The Supreme Court provided a strong ruling on the superiority of public's right to information as against an individual's right to privacy. In several decisions on cases, the Supreme Court affirmed that the right to privacy is not absolute when there is ...

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