PH lifts total deployment ban on Kuwait - DOLE
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine government has lifted the total deployment ban imposed on Kuwait, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced Friday. The Philippine Overseas ...

Duterte appoints former chief justice Bersamin as new GSIS chair
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) -- President Rodrigo Duterte appointed former Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin as the new chairperson of the Government Service Insurance ...

KAPA masterminds, promoters ordered arrested
Gov - 2020-02-13
In the interest of affected investors, the Commission, through the Anti-Money Laundering Council, likewise obtained a Freeze Order from the Court of Appeals on June 4, 2019 to preserve assets linked to KAPA. The SEC also continued to remind the general ...

OWWA -CAR releases P1.94M aid to stranded OFWs due to COVID
Gov - 2020-02-13
OWWA Programs and Services Division OIC Windelin Maequez awards the P10,000 Special Financial Assistance to an OFW affected by the travel ban due to the Novel Coronavirus Disease. (CCD/PIA CAR) BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 13 (PIA) - - The Overseas Workers Welfare ...

Everything you need to know about the required 20% discount for all national athletes
SPIN - 2020-02-11
Establishments MUST GRANT these 20% discounts. The IRR makes it explicit that even if the Bureau of Internal Revenue fails to promulgate the necessary rules and regulations for implementation ...

OSG files petition for quo warranto vs ABS-CBN; asks SC to forfeit legislative franchise
Gov - 2020-02-10
Calida, today filed a petition for quo warranto at the Supreme Court to forfeit the legislative franchises of ABS-CBN Corporation and its subsidiary, ABS-CBN Convergence, Inc. "We want to put an end to what we discovered to be highly abusive practices of ...

DOH urges judicious use of face masks
Gov - 2020-02-10
sneezing and those with fever and healthcare and frontline workers such as the PNP and the Bureau of Immigration. Meanwhile, N95 masks must be reserved for healthcare and frontline workers who are: 1. Attending to patients with respiratory infections ...

DOLE deploys 300 labor inspectors to check on alien-employing establishments
Gov - 2020-02-10
QUEZON CITY, Feb. 10 (PIA)--Despite the scare brought about by the dreaded nCoV, the labor department has resumed its special inspection of alien-employing establishments by deploying anew over 300 labor inspectors in key areas to inspect and verify the ...

OFW deployment ban to Kuwait, partially lifted
Gov - 2020-02-07
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III recommended to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board the relaxation of the deployment ban after the Kuwaiti government agreed to sign an agreement on the standard employment contract ...

No Pinoys in new confirmed 2019-nCoV cases on cruise ship in Japan - DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-06
MANILA, Philippines - No Filipino was among the 10 new confirmed 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) patients aboard a cruise ship currently docked in Yokohama, Japan, the Department of Foreign ...

PPA bans disembarkation of vessel crews from nCoV-hit China
Gov - 2020-02-06
PPA is also in close coordination with Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security vessel boarding teams so that essential information that may need swift action could be provided to the ground personnel. The agency has likewise started to establish ...

Bello to recommend partial lifting of Kuwait deployment ban
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Wednesday said he would recommend the partial lifting of the deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait. "I had a ...

Denials of migrants deemed to need aid
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-02
A US Supreme Court ruling issued last Monday will make it more difficult for Filipinos to seek residency, or green card, or admission to the United States. A divided Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to begin implementing rules that make it easier for the government to deny limited-income immigrants residency or admission to the US ...

PH reopens labor negotiations with Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-02
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has reopened negotiations with Kuwait to improve the employment contracts of around 150,000 Filipino domestic helpers, amid a total deployment ban and yet another murder of a Filipino maid by her employers. Bello arrived in Kuwait on Feb. 1 with Labor Undersecretary Claro Arellano ...

Is intellectual property law a good career choice?
The Jamaica Observer - 2020-02-02
Chad Lawrence, associate of Samuda & Johnson, attorney-at-law, helped them arrive at an asnwer when he spoke Monday about the importance of the practice of intellectual property law not just in Jamaica but across the world. Lawrence advised that the market for the specialisation is vibrant, especially in an area when the average person is ...

NEDA-8: Significant drop in E. Visayans who are poor in 2018 due to improved labor market conditions, other reforms
Gov - 2020-02-02
TACLOBAN CITY, Feb. 2 (PIA) -- The remarkable reduction in poverty incidence in Eastern Visayas in 2018 can be largely attributed to the improved labor market conditions and other institutional reforms that increased incomes of the households, according to ...

Trump curbs immigrants from 6 nations in election-year push
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-01
The State Department uses a computer drawing to select people from ... compliance with minimum standards for identification and information-sharing, and assessed whether countries properly tracked ...

What Brexit Will Mean For Intellectual Property Law
Law360 - 2020-02-01
Law360 (January 31, 2020, 8:45 PM EST) -- The United Kingdom's official withdrawal from the European Union on Friday won't immediately disrupt intellectual property law, but it may lead to a divergence on internet copyright policy, complicate plans for Europewide patents and alter trademark strategies in the years to come. Here's a primer for ...

Cox Aims To Kill 'Unprecedented' $1B Music Piracy Verdict
Law360 - 2020-01-31
Law360 (January 31, 2020, 6:26 PM EST) -- Internet service provider Cox Communications is pushing to overturn an "unprecedented" $1 billion copyright infringement verdict won by the major record labels over widespread piracy on the company's network. Six weeks after a jury verdict in favor of Sony, Universal and Warner that Cox called "unjust ...

DOLE: What companies, staff should do amid virus alert
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-31
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has called on employers to establish precautionary measures at the workplace to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV), following the Department of Health (DOH) confirmation on Thursday of the first nCoV case in the country. Among other initiatives, Bello said companies should provide ...

Ensuring Safe & Lawful E-Commerce for US Consumers, Businesses, Government Supply Chains, and Intellectual Property Rights
The White House - 2020-01-31
It is the policy of the United States Government to protect consumers, intellectual property rights holders, businesses, and workers from counterfeit goods, narcotics (including synthetic opioids such as fentanyl), and other contraband now being introduced into the United States as a result of the recent growth in e-commerce. The United ...

Lawmaker takes up cudgels for nurses, teachers who are yet to receive pay
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-31
Unlike other public-sector personnel, nurses will get a bigger adjustment because of a Supreme Court ruling last October entitling them to Salary Grade 15 or P32,053 a month. At present, they are receiving Salary Grade 11 pay, which is P22,316. "Government nurses are thus entitled to an increase of at least P9,737 in their basic monthly ...

Filipinos on surgical mask frenzy mode as PH confirms first novel coronavirus case
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 31) - Since the Philippines reported its first case of the novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, fear of catching the respiratory disease caused by the deadly virus has spread quickly. CNN Philippines learned that medical supply stores in Manila, Pagadian City and Bukidnon have run out surgical masks amid ...

DENR: Garbage solution is a concerted effort
Gov - 2020-01-31
ENVIRONMENT LAW. Engr. Raymundo Gayo, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), said solving the garbage problem must be a concerted effort as nobody can do it alone. Gayo was a guest during the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency office, Thursday. (VHS) DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 31 (PIA ...

DILG to LGU's: Create Novel Corona Virus Task Forces to meet world health threat
Gov - 2020-01-31
QUEZON CITY, Jan. 31 (PIA) -- Amid the world health threat of novel Corona Virus (2019 nCoV) and its first reported case in the Philippines, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has advised all local government units (LGUs) to create their respective Corona Virus Task Forces to help contain the spread of the disease in the ...

Total deployment ban ?to Kuwait approved
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine government will stop sending Filipino workers to Kuwait following the violent death of household service worker Jeanelyn Villavende, according to a resolution approved on Wednesday by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and announced the same day by the Department of Labor and ...

NY Judge Sanctions 'Notorious' Atty In Barneys Copyright Suit
Law360 - 2020-01-30
Law360 (January 29, 2020, 9:55 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge sanctioned attorney Richard Liebowitz $10,000 Wednesday for not verifying that a photograph of musician Lou Reed was registered before filing a copyright infringement suit against Barneys New York and fashion label Enfants Riches Deprimes, in the latest altercation with a ...

SEC warns public on 3 investment scams
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
citing the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Securities and Exchange Commission v. Oudine Santos (G.R. No. 195542, 19 March 2014). The SEC said the names of those involved would also be reported ...

SF Tattoo Artist: Pixar Tricked Me Into Providing Model for Movie Character
Law - 2020-01-29
Her suit accuses the companies of copyright infringement and violations of state and federal laws protecting artwork. Daniher agreed and signed a contract stating that all rights of every kind "arising out of the use of the Vehicle in connection with the Production shall be solely owned in perpetuity, throughout the universe, by any means ...

GMA seeks Supreme Court reversal of ruling on talents as regular employees
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-29
The CA in February last year ruled that the 96 talents are considered regular employees as they are part of the necessary crew whose jobs are vital in operating the business. The appellate court also said a "four-fold test" in determining employee-employer relationship was established, referring to selection and engagement, payment of wages ...

BI designates special team to handle Filipinos coming from China
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
MANILA, Philippines-A dedicated team of Immigration personnel will handle the formalities for Filipinos returning from Wuhan and other areas in China affected by the 2019 novel coronavirus, Justice Undersecretary and DOJ spokesperson Markk Perete said Wednesday. "A dedicated team of immigration officers will conduct the immigration ...

GMA 7 takes labor case to SC
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Broadcast giant GMA Network has asked the Supreme Court to reverse a Court of Appeals decision declaring about 100 of its "talents" as regular employees. In a petition for review on certiorari dated January 20, GMA Network through its CEO Felipe Gozon said the appellate court "gravely erred" when it affirmed the ...

BoC warns oil firms to comply with fuel marking program by February
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
Maronilla said the Customs has so far marked 2.5 billion liters of fuel across various facilities of oil companies nationwide. "Sa ngayon, nakapag-marka na ang Bureau of Customs at ang Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) ng humigit kumulang na 2.5 bilyon angkat na gawang langis sa 24 na mga terminal sa batangas, dalawang refinery kasama ang mga ...

Hontiveros hits BI for VUA misuse by foreign sex workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
MANILA, Philippines -- A Senate panel is looking into the possibility of employees or even officials of the Bureau of Immigration conniving with sex syndicates involved in trafficking foreign ...

Villanueva wants review of deployment ban for household service workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Joel Villanueva said Tuesday that he is pushing for a review of deployment ban for household service workers (HSWs) in other countries not just in Kuwait, where a Filipina worker died in the hands of her employer. "Well, right now, right now is a total deployment ban. But we have HSWs out there right now.

Supreme Court Can't Get Enough Copyright And Trademark
Law360 - 2020-01-29
The backstory: Frederick Allen sued North Carolina for using his footage of a famed pirate shipwreck. He cited the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act, which aimed to "abrogate" state sovereignty and allow infringement suits against states, but a lower court ruled the CRCA unconstitutional. The stakes: Although North Carolina wants the ...

After a tough few months for McDonald's, new CEO makes his public debut
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-29
Even though the lawsuits may not make much of an impact on McDonald's bottom line, they could eat away at its reputation. And they could make it harder for McDonald's to recruit talent in a tight labor market. "That's one of the biggest challenges in the restaurant space," Hottovy said. "This could make employee recruitment and retention more ...

SF-Based Litigation Funder Legalist Backs Atari's Copyright Campaign
Law - 2020-01-28
Litigation finance firm Legalist is funding game development company Atari Interactive in its ongoing trademark and copyright infringement lawsuits. "We respect intellectual property, and fighting copyright infringement is important," Frederic Chesnais, CEO of Atari SA, said in a statement. "Partnering with Legalist enables us to bring ...

Litigation Finance Firm Legalist Funds Atari to Pursue Copyright Lawsuits
Law - 2020-01-28
Litigation finance firm Legalist is funding game development company Atari Interactive in its ongoing trademark and copyright infringement lawsuits. "We respect intellectual property, and fighting copyright infringement is important," Frederic Chesnais, CEO of Atari SA, said in a statement. "Partnering with Legalist enables us to bring ...

Employers of slain OFW in Kuwait charged with murder
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 28) -- The employers of slain Filipina domestic worker Jeanelyn Villavende are now facing murder charges in Kuwait. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III in a Senate hearing on Tuesday disclosed that he has been informed of the filing of a criminal case against the Kuwaiti couple. "Just today I was informed ...

Inquirer Property gives back
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-28
Or, at the very least, provide some relief to those who are involved in real estate industry. For instance, with the support of its partners and advertisers, Inquirer Property conducted a surprise activity during Labor Day to pay homage to the construction workers. Inquirer Property has also been working nonstop to ensure that homes and ...

As PHL stays free from nCoV, Cabinet panel lays down measures
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-28
Also present to discuss updates on the 2019-nCoV were representatives from attached agencies, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Civil Aviation Authority and Civil Aviation Board, and the Philippine Coast Guard, as well as officials from the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO Country ...

SC prods Makati Court to resolve adoption case for a 7-year-old child
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-28
MANILA, Philippines-Taking into consideration the welfare of an abandoned child, seven-year-old child, the Supreme Court has ordered the Makati City Regional Trial Court to proceed "with dispatch" the adoption proceedings by her foster parents. The child was born on Dec. 13, 2012 in Tuguegarao City. She was barely 22 days when she was ...

Bureau of Immigration halts visas on arrival for Chinese on virus fears
InterAksyon - 2020-01-28
"We are taking this proactive measure to slow down travel, and possibly help prevent the entry of the 2019-nCoV," Jaime Morente, the commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration, said in a statement, referring to the virus. There is no order barring Chinese nationals from entering the Philippines, however, Morente added. He did not say when ...

Bulacan waters healthier a year after cleanup
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-27
"The mission impossible to clean up Manila Bay is now a mission possible," Moreno said. The Manila Bay cleanup complies with a 2016 writ of mandamus issued by the Supreme Court to make the bay fit for fishing and swimming. --CARMELA REYES-ESTROPE INQ

Is Citira ready to tax the digital economy?
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-27
But whether that income can be taxed is another matter. Our current Tax Code says that an income from the performance of a service is taxed only if performed in the country. The same rule was carried in Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (Citira) under House Bill 304. The determining factor to tax is the place where the ...

OFWs in South Korea to receive pay increase beginning this month
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-27
"Effective on January 1, 2020, employees in Korea, regardless of their employment status, or nationality, will now receive an hourly minimum wage of 8,580 Korean won from the 8,350 won hourly rate in 2019," the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said in an advisory. POEA said this translates into a monthly minimum wage ...

Marcos urges review of EDCA
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 27) -- A lawmaker is seeking a review of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the US over its possible violation on ...

GDP growth and Fidel Nemenzo support growth
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-27
Ferdinand Manegdeg, Dean of the UP College of Engineering, who has no PhD ... The Chancellor would be busy positioning UPD in the forefront of advance science and technology research, and teaching to help prepare the country in the current Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe) and artificial intelligence (AI) advances. Outmoded claims of commie ...

UK: Brexit And Intellectual Property - Q1 2020
Mondaq - 2020-01-27
and the EU Withdrawal Bill having been passed by the UK Parliament, the UK will now formally leave the EU on 31 January 2020. Our Brexit team look at how Britain's changing relationship with the EU will impact key forms of intellectual property, including patents, trade marks and designs.

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