PEZA chief addresses talks she is at risk of losing post for opposition to tax perk revamp
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-21
The Finance department had packaged the streamlining of fiscal incentives with a gradual reduction in corporate income tax (CIT) to 20% by 2029 from 30% currently in order to ensure this reform package will have a revenue-neutral effect, with projected ...

Senate approves on 3rd reading the appointment of judges-at-large
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-21
Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban has said there were about 160,000 cases pending in the 1,200 first-level courts (city and municipal courts) and 640,000 in the 1,100 second ...

Passage of tobacco tax hike bill pushed
Journal - 2019-05-21
"These funds would go a long way towards improving health outcomes in the country, as well as improving mechanisms for policing cigarette smuggling and illicit trade," Gatchalian ... of Past Presidents of the Philippine College of Physicians ...

Embedding Of Tweets Amounts To Infringement Of Copyright - Case Study - Justin Goldman v Breitbart News Network & Ors., Heavy, Inc.
Mondaq - 2019-05-21
On July 2, 2016 the plaintiff Justin Goldman clicked a photograph of football quarterback for the New England Patriots Tom Brady with Boston Celtics manager Danny Ainge and others in East Hampton and posted it on his snapchat story speculating that Brady ...

DFA files criminal case for death of OFW in Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has filed a criminal case in Kuwait for the death of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW). The DFA said on Tuesday they have ...

Number of DTI-registered businesses rises to 1.42 M - 2019-05-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The number of registered businesses in the Philippines has reached 1.42 million as of end-May, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said. Citing the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED) Council, the DTI said ...

ACT asks Congress to amend Election Service Reform Act
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) on Monday called on Congress to amend the landmark Election Service Reform Act (Esra) to resolve issues that hounded teachers ...

DOF prods other agencies on illegal foreign workers
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-20
THE Department of Finance (DOF) has called on the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to team up with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor), as well as law-enforcement agencies in weeding out ...

Senators: No consensus to rush Charter change
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-20
Ibon warned that amendments may also remove pertinent provisions affecting Philippine employment opportunities, labor rights and access to basic social services. "Cha-cha would remove provisions ...

12,000 foreigners working illegally in PH - DOLE
CNN Philippines - 2019-05-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 20) -- Authorities are eyeing to shut down online gaming firms found to have hired at least 12,000 foreigners illegally. The Department of Labor and Employment ...

World shares mixed with no easing of China-US trade dispute
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-20
His conservative, pro-business government looked set to form a majority government, leaving bewildered voters wondering how they were taken by surprise since the opposition Labor Party had been ...

Senate OKs bill recognizing flexi-time, compressed work week passes on third reading
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-20
Senator Joel Villanueva, principal sponsor of the measure as chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor, clarified that work arrangements such as flexi-time, compressed work week, and shift ...

Compensation Recommendation under the CG Code for PLCs
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-20
They also encourage employees to act in the long-term interest of the company as a whole, rather than for themselves or their business lines only. Moreover, it is good practice for the Board to formulate and adopt a policy specifying the relationship ...

Unemployment insurance, OFW membership part of the new Social Security Law
Gov - 2019-05-20
The member just need to secure a certification that they were displaced from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) or for an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) member from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). "The new law, which took ...

No public consultations on Edsa provincial bus ban, MMDA exec admits
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The riding public was not consulted before the dry run on the provincial bus ban was enforced along Edsa, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic chief ...

Plus for the economy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-19
The second package on corporate income taxation, dubbed the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and Higher Quality Opportunities (Trabaho) bill, got stalled in the previous Congress. It now faces a bigger chance of being passed in the incoming Congress.

The joy of human labor
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-19
He holds an MBA from Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business where he previously served as the external vice president of the Student Council. This column accepts contributions ...

Biz groups push okay of Public Service Act
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-19
BUSINESS leaders have closed ranks behind a final push to prod the 17th Congress--which resumes sessions on Monday (May 20) for its final three weeks of work--to pass the amended Public Service ...

CA approves lawsuit related to 2013 Serendra explosion
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-19
has given the Regional Trial Court in Taguig City to proceed with the trial of the P30-million damage suit filed by a businesswoman against Ayala-owned real-estate developer, Alveo Land Corp., as ...

QC could put land value hike on hold
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-19
Ms. Deloraya-Mateo noted that the chamber and other business organizations were consulted in 2016, "but not all agreed with the increase." The human body is akin to a synergistic machine of connected systems and organs that rely on one other to ...

House to get busy in last session days
Journal - 2019-05-19
Sovereign Fund"; HB No. 9061 or "An Act Encouraging Corporate Social Responsibility, Providing Incentives Thereof"; HB 9051 or "An Act Reorganizing The Cooperative Development Authority"; HB 9023 or "An Act Strengthening The Polytechnic ...

Will the US Supreme Court reconsider abortion rights?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-19
WASHINGTON, United States - American evangelicals have high hopes that the US Supreme Court, with its newfound conservative majority, will be tempted to chip away at its historic decision to ...

Labor exec reiterates BPO worker safety is paramount during disasters - 2019-05-18
A top official of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE ... She said Republic Act No. 11058 or the Occupational Safety and Health Law upholds the overall safety of all employees in their ...

Bello studying possible withdrawal of labor attach├ęs in Canada amid garbage row - 2019-05-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Saturday he is studying the possibility of withdrawing Philippine labor attach├ęs in Canada amid tensions after Ottawa missed a deadline to take back dozens of shipping containers full of trash.

Philippines mulls new ban on Kuwait deployment
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-17
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Friday that the government might reimpose a deployment ban on Kuwait after a domestic worker was killed by her employer despite an existing commitment ...

Rubber Stamp?
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-17
reform taxation, liberalize rice trade and other bold reforms to keep the economy on a high growth path, attract foreign investments, create jobs and reduce poverty incidence to just 14 percent by ...

PHL government looking to reinstate Kuwait OFW deployment ban after another Pinay death
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-17
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it is now eyeing the reimposition of the deployment ban if the Kuwaiti government fails to ensure the protection of overseas Filipino workers ...

P&A Grant Thornton branches head is CCCI treasurer
Sun Star - 2019-05-17
Ganhinhin was also awarded by CCCI immediate past president Antonio Chiu with a certificate of appreciation for his exemplary service to the organization as its former assistant treasurer and taxation committee chairperson, having submitted position papers ...

Finance and Health departments renew call to pass sin tax law
CNN Philippines - 2019-05-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 17) -- The 17th Congress only has three weeks left to work until the legislative session ends. This leaves the finance and health departments in a tight spot if ...

Debt watchers, economists see policy continuity in Senate results - 2019-05-17
Fitch Solutions said key reforms include shifting towards a federal system of governance, cutting corporate tax rates and the reinstating of the death penalty. However, it said reduced opposition within the Senate lowers the potential for checks and ...

DTI-Cebu launches Kapatid Mentor ME Batch 6
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-17
taxation/ business laws; tapping government programs and services to grow your business and business improvement plan presentation. The KMME program is organized by DTI and the Philippine Center ...

Its NUT yours, its mine: Kraft Foods v Bega Cheese and the importance of intellectual property due diligence
Mondaq - 2019-05-17
Kraft first started making and selling peanut butter in Australia in 1935. Since the 1990s, Kraft sold its peanut butter with a yellow lid, and since the mid 2000's sold its peanut butter with a yellow lid and either a blue or red peanut device. This ...

Lopez to 18th Congress: Pass bills on retail trade lib, Trabaho, PSA
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-16
Meanwhile, the Trabaho bills seeks to gradually reduce corporate income tax to 20 percent by 2029, from 30 percent. On the other hand, it will rationalize incentives granted to firms located in ...

Sandra Cam wants out of PCSO board
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-16
The Peryahan ng Bayan, operated by Globaltech Mobile Online Corporation, was considered illegal, until the Court of Appeals overturned the ruling which allowed it to continue its operations.

Newly hired OFWs in Japan rose to 15,840 in 2018
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-16
In its initial 2018 deployment figures, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) showed the number of newly hired OFWs in Japan reached 15,840. "This includes those deployed under ...

BIR files P212.6-million case vs Tacloban trader found with fake cigarettes, excise stamps
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-16
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed a case against a Tacloban City businessman at the Department of Justice (DOJ) for possessing fake cigarettes with fake excise tax stamps ...

Australian former PM Bob Hawke dead
Rappler - 2019-05-16
SYDNEY, Australia - Australia's longest-serving Labor prime minister Bob Hawke died Thursday, May 16, aged 89. "Today we lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian - many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era," his second wife Blanche d'Alpuget ...

New Trump immigration plan would overhaul green card system
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-16
WASHINGTON - After years of setbacks and stalemates, President Donald Trump will lay out yet another immigration plan as he tries to convince the American public and lawmakers that the nation ...

Oriental Mindoro gets new governor, defeating Mr. Impeachment, Rey Umali
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-16
Umali, who chaired the House Committee on Justice during his last term in Congress, was at the helm of the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in 2017.

Duterte allies in Senate seen approving more economic reforms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-16
As the Duterte administration pursues a total of seven packages under its comprehensive tax reform program, Capital Economics said the pending second package on corporate income taxation dubbed as ...

PHL, Japan working on new labor initiatives
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-15
Ambassador of Japan to the Philippines Koji Haneda (left) and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. raise their glasses to the occasion of the ascent to the Chrysanthemum Throne of ...

DOF: Government tax, revenue effort improved in Q1
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-15
This file photo shows people walking by the Department of Finance (DOF) building on Roxas Boulevard, Manila. THE tax and revenue effort of the government improved for the first quarter of this ...

SC ruling portends lower power rates for ratepayers
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-15
THE cloud of uncertainty that hovered over stakeholders in the power sector was lifted by the Supreme Court (SC) decision on May 3 on the competitive procurement of power supply by distribution utilities, mainly for residential ratepayers. The aims and ...

Sheppard Mullin Washington, D.C. Expands Intellectual Property, Antitrust and Healthcare Practices
YAHOO! - 2019-05-15
Firm Adds IP Litigators Robert Masters and Jonathan DeFosse and Healthcare Antitrust Partner Bevin Newman Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is pleased to announce that partners Robert M.

Alabama senate passes toughest abortion ban bill in U.S.
Rappler - 2019-05-15
The text passed by the Republican-led senate has been sent to Governor Kay Ivey's desk for signature into law and, if approved is expected to trigger a legal battle which could reach the Supreme Court. Under the bill, performing an abortion is a crime that ...

Who are you calling a 'bobotante'?
CNN Philippines - 2019-05-15
Last February 2019, I met Ka Raul Ramos, a farmer in Sicogon island, Carles, Iloilo, who was able to travel to Metro Manila by way of the Rural Poor Institute for Land and Human Rights Services ... he protested how a tourism joint venture by Ayala Land ...

Copyright Registration After Fourth Estate
JD Supra - 2019-05-15
In Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v., a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held in March of this year that a copyright claimant can only commence an infringement suit, unless a limited exception applies, after the Copyright Office has ...

Ariana Grande sued for copyright infringement over Instagram post
New York Daily News - 2019-05-15
A New York-based photographer sued singer Ariana Grande after she allegedly posted two of his photos on Instagram without his permission. Photographer Robert Barbera filed the suit against Grande and her company, Grandari, on Monday in the U.S. District ...

Trade groups laud polls
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-14
One much-awaited phase of the tax reform program is the reduction in corporate income tax rates, one of the highest in the region.

The Second Circuit Reaffirms Volitional Conduct is Needed for Direct Copyright Infringement
JD Supra - 2019-05-14
The Second Circuit confirms volitional conduct is needed to hold internet service providers liable for direct copyright infringement--it just disagrees what "volitional conduct" actually means. BWP Media USA, Inc. v. Polyvore, Inc. partially revived a ...

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