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. Wall-Street.com, 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 ...

Uniform 5% royalty on mining pushed
Inquirer - 2019-03-12
Citing data from the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Habitan said a total of P3 billion was collected from mining firms in 2017--P1.9 billion in excise taxes on ...

2019 budget still hangs after Duterte-brokered talks between Senate and House leaders
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-12
THE fate of the 2019 budget still hangs after a dialogue called by President Duterte between Senate and House leaders at Malaca├▒ang Palace late Tuesday night ended without "a firm consensus ...

7 Filipino seafarers detained in Libya now back home
Global Nation - 2019-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The seven Filipino seafarers that had been detained in Libya since 2017 for alleged fuel smuggling were eventually released and arrived in the Philippines Tuesday night ...

POEA now strictly enforcing OFW Record Online Appointment System
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-12
To further reduce long lines in its offices, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said it will now strictly enforce a "no appointment, no record" scheme. In an advisory ...

Labor group to ask CHR, ILO to look into terrorist-tagging of its members
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-12
Militant labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) said it will ask the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and International Labor Organization (ILO) to look into the worsening "terrorist-tagging" of ...

Angara: Establish more welfare attaches for OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-12
Angara said that the countries where welfare attaches would be established would depend on the information to be gathered from the DFA, OWWA, POEA and other independent labor organizations that ...

Application Rejected: Supreme Court Requires Registration to Commence Copyright Infringement Suit
Lexology - 2019-03-12
In Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, the Supreme Court settled the long unresolved question of whether registration or simply the application for registration is required to commence a suit for copyright infringement. In a unanimous ...

Alcohol excise tax seen to raise P237 billion
philstar.com - 2019-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- A Senate bill which seeks to raise the excise taxes imposed on alcoholic beverages is expected to generate P236.6 billion in additional revenues over the next five years, according to the Department of Finance (DOF). Finance ...

Jobless millions to haunt India election
Rappler - 2019-03-12
Rahul Gandhi, head of the opposition Congress party, attacked Modi for creating a "national disaster ... Almost half the workforce toils in agriculture, and although workers are moving to manufacturing and services as the economy modernizes, the rate ...

Introduction to Maltese Intellectual Property Law
Lexology - 2019-03-12
Broadly speaking, intellectual property rights ("IPRs") refer to the legal rights which protect intellectual or intangible endeavours and creations and as such, IPRs are the core proprietary rights for any digital, industrial, scientific and creative ...

CA rejects anew Rappler bid on foreign investor
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-11
The Court of Appeals has stood by its ruling that Rappler violated the constitutional ban on foreign ownership of mass media, the argument the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) used to ...

Senate also itemized parts of 2019 budget after ratification - Andaya
Rappler - 2019-03-11
MANILA, Philippines - Rolando Andaya Jr, chairperson of the House committee on appropriations, said senators should not criticize them for itemizing the proposed P4.5 billion budget for health facilities after the ratification of the bicameral conference ...

U.S. Supreme Court adopts "registration approach" for copyright infringement actions
JD Supra - 2019-03-11
The U.S. Supreme Court has announced in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC that copyright owners must wait for the Copyright Office to formally grant, or refuse to grant, a copyright registration before filing an infringement ...

Inflation, tax perk jitters weigh on FDIs
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-11
In September, the House of Representatives approved House Bill No. 8083, or the proposed Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-quality Opportunities (TRABAHO) Act, which gradually reduces the corporate income tax rate to 20% from the current 30% by two ...

Pimentel files anti-price gouging law against remittance agencies
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-11
A bill has been filed in the Senate requiring full disclosure of finance charges and other fees imposed by remittance agencies. Senate Bill (SB) 2162, introduced by Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III ...

Duterte admin favors Chinese workers as it prefers China interests-Alejano
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Opposition senatorial candidate Gary Alejano on Monday said hiring of Chinese workers are being preferred in the country because the Duterte administration prioritizes ...

Immigration bureau to deport 2 South Korean fugitives
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-11
MANILA, Philippines--The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is poised to deport two South Korean fugitives, who are said to be involved in fraudulent activities and smuggling, the agency announced Monday.

CA denies Rappler appeal in SEC case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld its 2018 decision declaring as valid the revocation of the business registration of online news outfit Rappler and its holding company by ...

DTI-Pangasinan to hold tax and business forum for MSMEs
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-03-11
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Mar. 8 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with DZRD Sonshine Radio Dagupan, will conduct a Tax and Business Forum as its continuing support to develop and assist the micro, small and medium enterprises ...

Drag to economic prosperity
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-03-10
The Supreme Court had issued a temporary restraining order on the Department of Energy circular that would have implemented this Epira law provision, which would have given consumers the option to choose their own supplier of electricity. Indeed ...

Ecop-DOLE labor regularization deal hangs
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-10
"The DOLE should just file cases against employers and business owners, who are members of Ecop which will be found practicing illegal job contracting or endo, and apply the full force of the ...

One-person corporation vs single proprietor
philstar.com - 2019-03-10
If you are an entrepreneur, and you faced the mirror, talked to yourself to arrive at a business decision, and made a note about what you resolved all by yourself, then you just demonstrated compliance with the rules for a one-person corporation (OPC ...

The delectable twins of Mar and Korina
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-03-09
As I savored the media curiosities, I was reminded that the Supreme Court already tackled the legal implications of the new biosciences, including the surrogacy of implanted embryos; first, by inviting Dr. Franklin M. Zweig, president of the Einstein ...

NBI to sue makers, sellers of fake cigarettes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-09
Bernales was referring to the boxes of cigarettes bearing brands commonly found in the market that were seized by a joint team of NBI agents and personnel of the Bureau of Internal Revenue in a ...

Mon Tulfo refuses to apologize for calling Filipino workers 'lazy'
Rappler - 2019-03-09
In a text message to Rappler, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that he respects Tulfo's opinion but he disagrees "diametrically." "Filipino workers are the best in the world in terms of competence, trustworthiness, and diligence. It's on the record ...

Going off script, Bersamin tells Gordon: Be more noisy vs Smartmatic
Rappler - 2019-03-09
"That was a moment in the history of the Supreme Court that we will never forget. Those of you who are outside of the Supreme Court will never get to appreciate very well the impact of that period of turbulence. But a turbulence is just like a turbulence ...

MISLEADING: P185 total cost of processing land titles in DENR
Rappler - 2019-03-09
Other taxes or charges may also be required of the applicant by other concerned government agencies such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Register of Deeds. Various paper work are also required such as marriage and/or death certificates ...

Copyright Update: Copyright Owners MUST Obtain Copyright Registration Before Filing Infringement Lawsuits
JD Supra - 2019-03-09
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled copyright owners must register their copyrights before filing a lawsuit for copyright infringement. The decision resolves a conflict between certain federal appeals courts that held copyright owners merely need apply for ...

Duterte appoints Tijam as JBC member
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-09
President Duterte has appointed retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Noel Tijam as the newest member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC). In an appointment paper signed by the President on ...

Two New Supreme Court Decisions Alter the Landscape for Litigating Copyright Infringement Cases
JD Supra - 2019-03-08
Fourth Estate clarifies that registration must issue before a copyright owner may file an infringement lawsuit, and Rimini Street answers what type of costs a court may award in a copyright case. Copyright registration, not merely filing an application ...

Rise of property hot spots
Inquirer - 2019-03-08
"A location is considered an emerging city once we see business activities gaining traction. This, of course, is facilitated by an improving infrastructure network and the presence of a ...

Malaysia PM warns Philippines vs influx of foreign workers
Global Nation - 2019-03-08
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday warned the Philippines against letting ... meeting last week among representatives of the Department of Labor and Employment, Department ...

Supreme Court Rules Copyright Infringement Suits Must Wait for Registration; Limits Costs Available in Infringement Suits
Lexology - 2019-03-08
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a copyright owner cannot file an infringement lawsuit until the Copyright Office has registered the work at issue. The ruling, in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com LLC et al., case number 17 ...

BIR reminds candidates of tax obligations
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-08
The March 7 issuance reiterates the contents of a 2018 circular that requires candidates, parties and party-lists, and campaign contributors to register with the revenue district offices (RDOs) with jurisdiction over their business addresses.

Ahead of May 13 polls, BIR reminds candidates, parties of tax obligations
Inquirer - 2019-03-08
But the certificate of registration (COR) was "no longer required to be issued for individual candidates who are not engaged in business," RMC 31-2019 read. Also, "individual candidates may ...

NBI, BIR agents seize P60M worth fake cigarettes in CDO
Rappler - 2019-03-08
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines - Teams from the National Bureau of Investigation- Northern Mindanao and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) raided a warehouse in Barangay Kauswagan here on Thursday, March 7, and confiscated some P60 million worth of ...

Jan. unemployment, underemployment lowest since 2009
Inquirer - 2019-03-07
To address job losses in the agriculture sector, Pernia urged the government to "implement ... could be detrimental to the livelihoods of local farmers.

Javier takes oath of office
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-07
Now 62, the former Court of Appeals associate justice will sit in the Supreme Court until she retires on Nov. 16, 2026 at age 70. President Duterte has now filled eight of 15 seats in the high court.

Family council
Inquirer - 2019-03-07
Lopez in his book "Family Business Law Declassified": "When the Philippine Supreme Court ruled that when the consent of the family council is not given or when the family council does not ...

Work-visa-before-travel rule crafted for aliens
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-07
FOREIGNERS may soon be required to first get a working visa before they arrive in the Philippines under a new memorandum order currently being crafted by government agencies led by the Department ...

ILO considers AI to be complementary to human work force
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-07
THE International Labor Organization (ILO) said Artificial Intelligence (AI) is likely to complement the labor force to boost workplace productivity rather than replace workers altogether. In the ILO blog, Ekkehard Ernst, an expert on the future of work ...

Duterte wants to cut COA red tape, simplify audit rules
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-07
The President also recalled that there was a time that COA filed a case against him when he was still a local government official, but he was later exonerated by the Supreme Court. Mr. Duterte has ...

Philippine labor force participation dips in January 2019
Rappler - 2019-03-07
MANILA, Philippines - Unemployment and underemployment rates went down last January, but that does not mean more Filipinos got more jobs during that month. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Thursday, March 7, that the country's labor ...

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Two Copyright Cases and Impacts Registration Strategy for Copyright Owners
JD Supra - 2019-03-07
The Ninth and Fifth Circuits followed the "application approach," finding that a filed copyright application was sufficient to file a copyright infringement suit. The Tenth and Eleventh Circuits followed the "registration approach," finding that ...

Foreigners now need to obtain work visas in home countries
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-07
The procedure was agreed to by DoLE and the Department of Finance (DoF), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Justice (DoJ), Bureau of Immigration (BI), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp ...

NBI, BIR seize cigarettes with fake stamps in Cagayan de Oro City
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-07
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines - Authorities confiscated truckloads of cigarettes bearing fake Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) stamps in a warehouse in Barangay Kauswagan here on Thursday.

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