Peloton Strikes Back at Music Publishers
JD Supra - 2019-05-02
In March, news broke that stationary bike maker Peloton Interactive had been slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit seeking more than $150 million in damages (Downtown Music Publishing LLC, et al. v. Peloton Interactive, Inc., Case No. 1:19-cv-02426 ...

The least disappointing candidate
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-02
There may be others but locally I only know of one who was given a special dispensation by the Supreme Court to take the bar examination without taking formal studies in a law schoo--Jose W.

Confronting an ugly truth
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-02
(The Bureau of Immigration and the Department of Labor and Employment recently disclosed issuing some 84,000 special work permits and about 55,000 alien employment permits to Chinese citizens.

LMA Law: Providing clarity and security in audit and taxation cases
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-02
"We analyze the operations of the company in terms of their finances and business operations, particularly the areas that must be discontinued, separated, compartmentalized, or ...

OWWA, TESDA agree to provide skills training for OFWs
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-02
THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said it will tie up with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to provide skills training and technological ... Hans Leo J. Cacdac; Department of Labor and Employment Secretary ...

American sexual predator arrested in Cebu
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-02
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested in Talisay City, Cebu an American citizen wanted in the United States for sexually abusing a child. BI chief Jaime Morente on ...

MORE transparency in China deals
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-02
Three China-related business stories in BusinessWorld last week caught my attention, short quotes from them are shown: 1. PHL, Chinese firms sign $12-B in business deals (April 27): "THE Philippine business delegation and Chinese companies on Friday ...

Imee Marcos backs calls to reassess Trabaho bill - 2019-05-02
CEBU, Philippines -- Senatorial aspirant Imee R. Marcos vowed to support the strong call of the Cebu business community to review the proposed Trabaho Bill, which is seen as disadvantageous to the Cebu economy. Marcos was in Cebu yesterday to present her ...

Poe supports move to make foreign workers in PH pay taxes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-02
TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines -Senator Grace Poe is supporting the move to make foreigners working in the country pay taxes. Poe said the plan will not only deter the influx of foreign workers into ...

Other 'Bikoy' video sharers can be investigated too - DOJ
Rappler - 2019-05-02
Authorities have not presented evidence that he was involved in producing the videos. The DOJ acknowledged that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional the part of the Cybercrime Prevention Act that punishes sharers of content that could be libelous.

DOLE: No rule barring critical foreign journalists from PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-01
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) made this clarification after it signed with the Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Immigration (BI), and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR ...

Anti-endo protests, job fairs mark Labor Day
CNN Philippines - 2019-05-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 1) -- Labor groups took to the streets Wednesday to call for the end of illegal contractualization or "endo" in commemoration of Labor Day. At 6 a.m ...

500 illegal immigrants deported back to Philippines
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-01
KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia -- More than 500 illegal immigrants from the Philippines were deported back to their hometowns in Zamboanga late Tuesday (April 30). The 525 Filipinos -- comprising 403 ...

DFA raises Libya alert to Level 4, as more OFWs get trapped in conflict
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-01
In terms of deployment of OFWs in Libya, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Bernard P. Olalia said they will await a recommendation from DFA on whether there is a ...

SBMA to close down erring truck traders
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-01
Eisma said the Subic agency has given truck traders here until June 1 to resolve issues on visa and correct violations of SBMA rules in order to keep doing business in Subic. "I am sick and ...

BI tightens entry rules on aliens intending to work in Philippines
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-01
Applicants for work and employment permits will also be required to obtain Tax Identification Numbers from the Bureau of Internal Revenue. This shift in policy was implemented following concerns ...

OFW hospital to open in Pampanga
Rappler - 2019-05-01
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) head Hans Cacdac, in an interview with reporters on Wednesday, said the hospital is targetted for completion in one and a half years, or by 2020. But he refused to disclose other details, as some of them were ...

Labor unions, support groups unite for call to end contractualization
Davao Today - 2019-05-01
DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Under the scorching heat of the sun, workers from various unions and progressive organizations marched in the streets of Davao City signifying dismay over the failed promises to end contractualization in the country. Led by ...

Not business as usual
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-01
By doing so, the government may be able to restore health to the "Sick Man of Asia" and finally transform itself into an industrialized country in Southeast Asia, a transformation which is long overdue. The views or opinions expressed in this article ...

On Labor Day, rival groups ask voters to elect senators who 'truly' represent workers
Rappler - 2019-05-01
MANILA, Philippines - Rival labor groups joined forces on Wednesday, May 1, to face their "common enemy": President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies. Thousands of men and women clad in red shirts flooded Metro Manila streets once again on Labor Day, to ...

IN PHOTOS: Protests on Labor Day 2019
Rappler - 2019-05-01
Thousands of workers march on Labor Day, calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to listen to their pleas and fulfill his campaign promise From Mendiola, the workers proceeded to Liwasang Bonifacio for a political rally in support of Labor Win candidates ...

DOLE-11 releases P4.805M for livelihood
MindaNews - 2019-05-01
and Balet Fisherfolk Association in Samal Island in Davao del Norte. In an interview, lawyer Jason P. Balais, DOLE-11 assistant regional director, said the livelihood assistance would be used to finance projects, including rice mill, grocery store ...

Gov't drafts stricter rules for issuance of work permits to foreigners
CNN Philippines - 2019-05-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 1) -- The government has come up with stricter rules in issuing permits to foreign nationals opting to work in the country. Joint guidelines for the issuance of ...

Bam Aquino on endo bill: It's pro-worker, but needs improvements
Rappler - 2019-05-01
Senator Sonny Angara, Senator Nancy Binay, at Senator Koko Pimentel ang TRAIN kaysa Security of Tenure Bill. Kaya nga kailangan nilang magpaliwanag sa mga manggagawa dahil sa pahirap na ito sa mamamayang Pilipino," TaƱada said. (What hurts here is that ...

Groups demand end of 'endo' on Labor Day
CNN Philippines - 2019-05-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 1) -- Hundreds gathered at the Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City as a prelude to one of the biggest mass protests to commemorate Labor Day on Wednesday. Their ...

Duterte hopeful Congress will pass law on workers' security of tenure, end of illegal contracting
CNN Philippines - 2019-05-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 1) -- President Rodrigo Duterte lauded the country's workers in his Labor Day message, saying the "hard work, grit and perseverance" of the labor force gave the ...

On Labor Day, Duterte tells Congress to pass security of tenure bills
Rappler - 2019-05-01
Duterte, meanwhile, said banning all forms of contractualization was not within his powers but was up to Congress since only the legislative branch can amend the 45-year-old Labor Code. In September 2018, he certified as urgent the Security of Tenure bill ...

Eleazar assures Labor Day protesters: No human rights violations
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The police will observe maximum tolerance in dealing with activists joining Labor Day protests Wednesday, Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, chief of the National Capital Region ...

Difficulties Face Cannabis Patents, Trademarks, and Other Forms of Intellectual Property - Intellectual Property News
JD Supra - 2019-05-01
Since more than half of the states in the U.S. have decriminalized marijuana (those varieties of the Cannabis plant with intoxicating properties), the marijuana business has been growing rapidly in this country. Like any business, companies selling ...

SSS pension loan disbursements up in March
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-30
Pension loan disbursements of the Social Security System (SSS) rose by over half month-on-month in March after the state-run pension fund eased documentary requirements that month. In a statement ...

13.5 M grads joining work force - 2019-04-30
MANILA, Philippines -- A staggering 13.5 million senior high school students who chose vocational courses as well as college ... who also sits as vice chairman of the House committee on higher and technical education and a member of the House basic ...

No Labor Day dialogue for Duterte, workers
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-30
Hontiveros, who is also the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, said labor contractualization is also a public health risk to many Filipino workers, who are "forced to endure ...

Party-list groups ask SC to stop Meralco from collecting bill deposit
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-30
Commingling of funds, according to the petitioners, renders the bill deposit "vulnerable" to wrong business decisions and investments, mismanagement, miscalculation or risks, and legal cases ...

How to Build an Intellectual Property Portfolio on a Budget
Law - 2019-04-30
The ever-increasing speed at which information travels over social media and the expanding volume of information available on the internet has helped and hindered small and start-up enterprises. It is easier to get recognition through social media but that ...

Makabayan bloc asks SC to rule on legality of Meralco deposits
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-30
THE Makabayan bloc filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC), questioning the legality of the bill deposits collected by Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) from its consumers. In an 36-page petition, Makabayan bloc, led by Senate candidate Neri J.

Why do workers push for P750 national minimum wage?
Davao Today - 2019-04-30
DAVAO CITY, Philippines -- Workers have expressed eagerness to push ... provide the PhP750 minimum wage by "giving cheap credit, tax breaks, marketing and technology assistance, and other support to ensure the progress of their business."

DOLE reviewing work permits to foreigners to check if jobs were not snatched from Pinoys
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 30) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will be checking permits granted to foreigners working in the country to see if they did not take jobs ...

8,000 jobs available at Labor Day job fair in Davao City
MindaNews - 2019-04-30
Want create site? With Free visual composer you can do it easy. DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Apr) - Close to 8,000 jobs will be available during the two-day 2019 Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan, Job and Business Fair that will open on Wednesday, Labor Day, at ...

SC asked to declare directive on Meralco bill deposit illegal - 2019-04-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Makabayan bloc on Tuesday challenged the legality of an Energy Regulatory Commission directive that allowed Meralco to collect bill deposits before the Supreme Court. The petitioners said that the ERC committed grave abuse of ...

TV, print journos join Rappler in plea to stop Duterte coverage ban
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 30) -- News website Rappler has found allies in urging the Supreme Court (SC) to stop President Rodrigo Duterte's ban against its reporters. At least 41 ...

PH bags rating upgrade from S&P
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-30
S&P said the first package of the government's tax reform program helped ensure ... noting that strong household and corporate incomes, worker remittances, and a healthy financial system will ...

PNP warns: Coddlers of fugitive Acierto may face charges, too
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday warned coddlers of Eduardo Acierto that they may also face charges for enabling the former police official to hide from the law.

TV, newspaper journalists join Rappler petition vs Duterte coverage ban
Rappler - 2019-04-30
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Journalists from competing news outfits showed solidarity on Tuesday, April 30, as 41 reporters, columnists, and anchors from different media organizations filed a petition for intervention asking the Supreme Court (SC ...

Serbia and Kosovo agree to resume talks after Macron, Merkel push
Rappler - 2019-04-30
Critics warned that redrawing the map would be risky business in the fragile Balkans ... Kosovo's Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj says he will keep the tax until Belgrade shows openness to recognising independence. Meanwhile Vucic maintained that lifting ...

Labor Day rallies to demand pay hike, end to contractualization
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-30
MANILA, Philippines -- A militant labor group said on Monday it expected 100,000 workers to join nationwide rallies on May 1, Labor Day, in a stinging rebuke of President Duterte, whom it accused ...

Federal prosecutors invite victims to claim restitution from scorned lawyer's porn troll scheme
Star Tribune - 2019-04-30
Two U of M law school grads who made millions in sham copyright infringement cases to be sentenced in June. Federal prosecutors say the disgraced Minneapolis lawyer Paul Hansmeier should spend more than a dozen years in prison for concocting an elaborate ...

Supervening condition for pay increase needed - DOLE
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-29
He warned that implementing an across-the-board pay increase could lead to job losses as some business may just opt to close down if they were unable to provide the additional wage for their ...

CA rules against PAGCOR in licensing dispute with Waterfront
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-29
THE Court of Appeals (CA) has denied an appeal by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) to reverse a previous decision which called on the regulator to issue a license to operate to Waterfront Philippines, Inc. for its proposed hotel-casino.

The parable of the tax collector... and the taxpayer?
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-29
In the Christian scriptures, Jesus shared this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else: "Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee ...

2 Chinese wanted for cyber crime arrested in Mandaluyong
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-29
THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) arrested on April 25 two Chinese nationals wanted for cyber crime in Beijing. In a statement, BI Commissioner Jaime H. Morente identified the two as Hong Webin, 34, and Li Cheng, 36, who were nabbed ...

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