Migrant Workers Center for UK OFWs now open
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-03-13
Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo and Labor Attaché 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 ...

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 Malacañang Palace late Tuesday night ended without "a firm consensus ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

AMLC reports hike in frozen drug-related assets to P1.4 billion
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-07
To support the whole-of-nation approach to achieve a drug-free Philippines, DTI launched the "Aid Campaign" that provides business support to former drug dependents as part of the reintegration process. Under the whole-of-nation approach, 42 government ...

AMLC reports hike in frozen drug-related assets to P1.4 billion
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-07
DAVAO CITY -- The Anti Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has frozen a total of P1.4 billion in illegal drug-related assets from 2017-2018, almost four times the P365 million held from 2013 to 2016. AMLC Executive Director Mel Georgie B. Racela, speaking ...

Build Build Build Program needs skilled workers -- Department of Labor and Employment
Journal - 2019-03-07
THE Department of Labor and Employment called on skilled workers to consider local employment in the construction industry and support the government in the full blast implementation of the Build Build Build Program instead of applying for jobs abroad.

Duterte appoints Javier to SC, Tijam to JBC | Midday wRap
Rappler - 2019-03-07
President Rodrigo Duterte appoints Court of Appeals Justice Amy Lazaro Javier to the Supreme Court, his 8th appointment to the High Court excluding two Chief Justices. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad arrives in Manila for a two-day visit ...

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Copyrights Must Be Registered before Plaintiffs Can File Infringement Suits
Lexology - 2019-03-07
The U.S. Supreme Court held today that bringing a suit for copyright infringement requires that the infringed work actually be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office, and that a mere application for registration will not suffice. The ruling makes it ...

Supreme Court Holds Copyright Owners Must Wait to Commence an Infringement Suit Until After the Copyright Office Acts
Lexology - 2019-03-07
For example, you cannot file a civil action for copyright infringement until "registration of the copyright claim has been made..." 17 U.S.C. § 411(a). Until yesterday, there was a circuit split regarding whether simply filing an application for ...

Register Before You Sue: SCOTUS Affirms Registration by Copyright Office as a Prerequisite to Infringement Litigation ?
JD Supra - 2019-03-07
Someone has infringed your copyright. Can you immediately file a copyright infringement ?lawsuit? Well, that depends. Specifically, it depends on whether you have registered your ?copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office. Under Section 411(a ...

Duterte appoints CA justice Javier to Supreme Court
Rappler - 2019-03-06
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals (CA) Justice Amy Lazaro Javier to the Supreme Court, his 8th appointment to the High Court excluding his Chief Justice picks. This was confirmed by Executive Secretary ...

Duterte picks Court of Appeals Justice Javier for SC magistrate post
philstar.com - 2019-03-06
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed ... She faced the Judicial and Bar Council in a public interview on June last year. Javier is a graduate of University of Santo Tomas law school and during her interview with the JBC panel ...

BREAKING: Duterte names CA Justice Amy Javier as new SC Associate Justice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Court of Appeals Justice Amy Javier is a new Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (SC), Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said. Javier replaced SC Associate Justice ...

Consumers demand return of alleged illegal Meralco collection
Inquirer - 2019-03-06
The ERC order is in accordance with the Supreme Court ruling which found that Meralco overcharged its over three million consumers for several years by passing on to customers its income tax.

BI arrests Russian fugitive wanted for fraud
Global Nation - 2019-03-06
MANILA, Philippines -- A Russian national wanted for large-scale fraud in his country was arrested in Intramuros, Manila, on Tuesday afternoon, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Wednesday.

Supreme Court disbars lawyer who faked CA ruling in drug case
philstar.com - 2019-03-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday ordered the disbarment of a lawyer who fabricated a decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) that supposedly acquitted a drug convict. Justices decided in session to impose the maximum administrative ...

Fixed-salary rules for bus drivers, conductors to be in force by March 9
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-05
Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H ... a compensation structure that was sanctioned by the Supreme Court last year. In a radio interview on Tuesday, Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said that bus companies should comply with the ...

Calida says human rights groups not entitled to access all drug war documents
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-05
Calida filed an appeal but was rejected by the Supreme Court in April last year. The following month, the OSG submitted some of the required details and documents and sought two more months to ...

BI gets tech support from OWWA to assist OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-05
MANILA, Philippines -- In a bid to further ease the travel experience of overseas Filipino workers (OFW), the Bureau of Immigration (BI) introduced on Tuesday new measures to expedite its ...

PH drops to 5th in 'women in business' global ranking
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-05
the Philippines slipped to fifth place in the global 'Women in Business' rankings for 2019. The latest report released by tax and advisory firm Grant Thornton International Ltd. revealed 37.46 ...

DOLE holds labor, HR confab forMisOcc librarians
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-03-05
OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, Feb. 19 (PIA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Misamis Occidental pushed for the delivery of services and implementation of programs such as the conduct of labor relations, human relations, and ...

Mayor Cynthia Guiani supports Bangsamoro Organic Law
philstar.com - 2019-03-04
Cynthia, 54, is a lawyer, with a law degree from the University of Mindanao in Davao City ... but she is in favor of helping the administration succeed. Capitol Christian Leadership celebrated its 51st anniversary Feb. 19 at Club Filipino with the theme ...

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