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 ...

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 ...

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THE PHILIPPINES has officially withdrawn from the International Criminal Court (ICC) as of Sunday, March 17.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 ...

Ex-Oriental Mindoro governor's firm ordered to return P321-M land
Rappler - 2019-03-17
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed a lower court's decision that the firm of former Oriental Mindoro governor Rodolfo Valencia should return 150 hectares of land in Nasugbu, Batangas, worth P321.6 million to its original owner.

PH withdrawal from ICC has little effect on country -- Gordon
Global Nation - 2019-03-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Richard Gordon believes that the formal withdrawal of the Philippines from the International Criminal Court (ICC) will not have any substantial effect on the country.

Tribute to women jurists
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-03-16
During her 12-year stint (2007-2019) in the Court of Appeals (CA), Javier maintained a zero backlog and was always prompt in deciding all the cases assigned to her. For 24 years (1983-2007), she worked in the Office of the Solicitor General (14 of the 24 ...

Model economist takes on Asia
Inquirer - 2019-03-16
The Ayalas covered her last two years of PhD studies. After defending her dissertation, which tackled imperfect competition in taxation, Chua thought she would go back to the Philippines to work ...

SC: No need to pass PhilSAT to enter law school for now
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) -- Sources said that the Supreme Court (SC) has temporarily lifted the requirement for students to pass the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT ...

Less Filipinos jobless, seeking more work
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-16
For Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) economist Michael L. Ricafort, the decline in unemployment was "widely expected," ascribing it to the continued growth of labor-intensive industries like retail, real estate, construction, business process ...

SC temporarily stops admission test for aspiring law students-source
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-16
MANILA, Philippines--The Supreme Court temporarily stopped the Legal Education Board (LEB) from implementing the Philippine Law School Admission Test (Philsat) as a requirement for students ...

Supreme Court issues TRO vs nat'l law school entrance test PhilSAT
Rappler - 2019-03-16
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court has issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the enforcement of the national law school entrance test Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT), two sources confirmed to Rappler. The source said the ...

9th Circ. Undoes $4M Award In Zillow Photo Copyright Row
Law360 - 2019-03-16
Law360 (March 15, 2019, 10:02 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal court will reconsider a $4 million copyright infringement award against the Zillow Group after the Ninth Circuit said Friday the lower court hadn't determined whether a real estate photography ...

Prostitution and molka: Timeline of the K-pop sex scandal
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2019-03-16
News Desk reveals a CCTV footage showing several security guards beating up Mr ... in the Philippines in 2017 that was also used to invite foreign celebrities and potential business investors ...

Labor regional director: Monitor placement rates of senior high school graduates - 2019-03-16
CEBU CITY, Philippines ... or entrepreneurship," she said in a statement. According to Siaton, the labor department is interested in the placement rates of senior high school graduates who ...

Traders urge Duterte: Review veto of bill on investments
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-15
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Business groups have asked President Duterte to reconsider his veto of the bill creating the Regional Investment and Infrastructure Coordination Hub of Central Luzon that Sen.

Tax relief for calamity-hit areas sought - 2019-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Calamity-stricken areas should be given ... "This measure adds to the various initiatives of government, civil society and the private sector to strengthen our resilience to adversity and invigorate the spirit of bayanihan ...

Duterte vetoes bill strengthening OSG
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-15
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has vetoed the bill strengthening the Office of the Solicitor-General, citing benefits granted therein may be "too onerous" for the government. "The new benefits granted in addition to the benefits enjoyed by other ...

New Zealand mosque shootings kill at least 49, seriously wound 20
InterAksyon - 2019-03-15
The manifesto cited "white genocide", a term typically used by racist groups to refer to immigration and the growth of minority populations, as his motivation. The Facebook link directed users to the page of a user called brenton.tarrant.9. A Twitter ...

Trillanes asks Court of Appeals to stop reopened rebellion trial
Rappler - 2019-03-15
MANILA, Philippines - Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has asked the Court of Appeals (CA) to stop his trial on reopened rebellion charges, which is set to start at a Makati court on Wednesday, March 20. Trillanes filed a petition for certiorari ...

Bong Go cash assistance to fire victims may count as vote-buying - Comelec
Rappler - 2019-03-15
On March 5, Go dropped by Barangay South Cembo in Makati City at around 11:30 am ... said Carmel Abao, Ateneo de Manila University political science professor. "There is a private exchange between a patron (e.g., Bong Go) and clients (the voters ...

Important reminders for those taking the 2019 Bar Exams - 2019-03-14
The following subjects are going to be tackled, two for each Sunday: Political Law, Labor Law, Civil Law, Taxation, Commercial Laws, Criminal Law, Remedial Law, and Legal Ethics (with Legal Forms and Practical Exercises). A student who intends to take the ...

Intellectual Property - Patents - The World in U.S. Courts: Winter 2019
JD Supra - 2019-03-14
Taiwanese Manufacturer of Smartphones Subject to Personal Jurisdiction in Texas in Patent Infringement Case Because of its Allegedly Purposeful Efforts to Serve the US Market, Even Though all US Distribution was Orchestrated Independently by its US Sub ...

DOLE: New salary scheme for bus drivers, conductors has no negative impact
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-14
"What we are doing has the necessary legal basis...We will implement while ensuring business will grow at same time protect the welfare of workers," Lagunzad said. PBOAP together with other ...

Filipino teachers return to Baltimore classrooms after year
Global Nation - 2019-03-14
BALTIMORE -- Most of the two dozen Filipino teachers who had to leave Baltimore at the end of the last school year because of expiring visas have returned to their classrooms. Baltimore City ...

Ten Labor laws that all non-lawyers should know - 2019-03-14
More than all other laws of the land, Labor laws touch the lives of almost all Filipinos, employees, employers, their dependents and beneficiaries, and the public in general. Based on my 45 years of experience as a former Labor organizer in the 1970s, a ...

DOLE: No OFWs to be deported from UAE
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 14) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) says there is no ongoing deportation of Filipino workers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The DOLE ...

Withdrawal will make ICC investigation of Philippines difficult - expert
Rappler - 2019-03-14
The Supreme Court has not made a decision on petitions seeking to stop the withdrawal of the Philippines from the ICC. Read more stories, in-depth reports, and explainers on the Philippines and the International Criminal Court in our microsite here.

Makabayan now endorses for senate labor leaders De Guzman, Matula
Rappler - 2019-03-14
MANILA, Philippines - The progressive group Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Makabayan) is endorsing two more senatorial candidates: labor leaders Leody de Guzman and Sonny Matula. The Makabayan Coalition endorsed De Guzman and Matula in a ceremony ...

Labor coalition: Tulfo's middle finger response unbecoming but not surprising - 2019-03-14
Where is the evidence to back up his assertion that Chinese work harder than ... Tulfo was previously in the news for throwing a tantrum at the Philippine General Hospital in August 2018 after he brought a nine-year-old child who had been run over by ...

Intellectual Property - Trademark - The World in U.S. Courts: Winter 2019
JD Supra - 2019-03-14
Personal Jurisdiction to Support Preliminary Injunction Against Dubai- and Belarus-Based Defendants in Trademark Infringement Suit Based on Three Purchases of Cryptocurrency in New York Alibaba Group Holding Limited v. Alibabacoin Foundation, US District ...

Do they spark joy?
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-03-13
At 4, I loved reading picture books, folktales and Bible stories for children. Elementary and high school education forced me to breeze through textbooks and some foreign literary classics. During college, I finally developed an interest in Filipiniana books.

Duterte says he's ready to face a death sentence from ICC days before PH withdrawal
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13) -- Days before the Philippines effectively withdraws from the International Criminal Court, President Rodrigo Duterte said he is ready to face a death ...

A guild for the online techie tribe
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-13
Why not organize the agency workers and let them take over the business of scalawag "manpower agencies" and the so-called "manpower cooperatives"? In Japan, there are reports of more and ...

No mass deportation of Filipino workers from emirates-DOLE
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-13
Based on the latest report of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), around 265,498 OFWs were deployed to the UAE in 2017. In a related development, Bello said the Overseas ...

PHL engages in international efforts to strengthen environmental protection
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-13
He also thanked UN Secretary-General Ant├│nio Guterres for his report on the "Gaps in International Environmental Law and Environment-Related Instruments." Garibay nevertheless assured that ...

UAE regrets inclusion in EU tax blacklist
Rappler - 2019-03-13
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - The United Arab Emirates has slammed a European Union decision to add it to a tax haven blacklist despite the Gulf state's efforts to meet EU requirements. The UAE was one of 10 more countries which the EU on Tuesday ...

Canada's new caregiver program falls short of expectations - migrant worker groups
Rappler - 2019-03-13
Care workers remain united in calling for landed status for all migrant workers, CAC said. On February 23, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced two new 5-year caregiver immigration pilot projects, which will allow care workers to bring their ...

Labor groups want Tulfo out
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-13
The Nagkaisa labor coalition urged President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday to sack Special envoy to China Ramon Tulfo for betraying his countrymen when he called Filipino construction workers "lazy ...

A Worker for Workers: The Vision of Atty. Jose Sonny Matula
Journal - 2019-03-13
The failure to increase budgetary allocations for agrarian reforms, support services and sustainable agriculture ... in Labor Law for bar examinees in New Era College of Law in Quezon City and Central Luzon State University in Tuguegarao City.

Migrant Workers Center for UK OFWs now open
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-03-13
Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo and Labor Attach├ę Amuerfina Reyes lead the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially launch the Migrant Workers and Other Overseas Filipino Workers Resource Center (MWOFRC) in London. Located right across the North Acton tube ...

Big Data & Issues & Opportunities: Intellectual Property Rights
Lexology - 2019-03-13
In this ninth article in our series on "Big Data & Issues & Opportunities" (see our previous article here), we examine the aspects related to copyright, database rights and trade secrets. More particularly, we determine to what extent such protection ...

Supreme Court Ruling Impacts Copyright Infringement Claims
Lexology - 2019-03-13
On March 4, 2019, in Fourth Estate Pub. Benefit Corp. v., LLC, 586 U.S. ___ (2019), the U.S. Supreme Court resolved a long-standing circuit court split by answering the question of whether copyright registration occurs at the time a ...

US immigration agency to close international office in PH, other countries
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-12
WASHINGTON -- The Homeland Security Department is moving toward closing immigration offices outside the United States, including in the Philippines, saying it is expected to free up millions of ...

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