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Illegal OFWs in Kuwait have until Thursday to avail of Amnesty Program

KUWAIT, Apr 18 (PNA) - Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa has announced that the Kuwaiti Department of Immigration under the Ministry of Interior has officially declared Thursday (April 19) as the last day for Filipinos to file their application for the amnesty program set to expire on April 22.
Date: 18 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Landmark EO on 'endo' seen by Labor Day

MANILA, Apr 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte wants the Executive Order (EO) seeking to scrap labor contractualization or “endo” released on or before Labor Day (May 1), his spokesperson said Monday.
Date: 16 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SSS lowers Retirement Age for Jockeys

MANILA, Apr 16 (PNA) - The Social Security System (SSS) has lowered the age of compulsory retirement for professional jockeys to provide them protection from severe harm and disability.
Date: 16 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House seeks to provide Retirement Benefits and Welfare Assistance for OFWs

It does not have to be the end of the road for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) whose employment days may soon be over.
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Bello, Labor Geet ahead of EO signing on 'Endo'

MANILA, Apr 13 (PNA) - Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello has accepted another draft of Executive Order (EO), which aims to end contractualization, that will be submitted to President Rodrigo R. Duterte for his approval on Monday.
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House pushes for Retirement Benefits for OFWs

MANILA, Apr 13 (PNA) - A House of Representatives panel has formed a technical working group (TWG) to consolidate three bills seeking to provide retirement benefits and welfare assistance to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Profiling of Child Laborers Pushed

The labor department has released guidelines on the profiling of child laborers to effectively draw them away from child labor and its worst forms.
Date: 09 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

House oks P20,000 Monthly Old-Age Pension of Veterans

In a timely and fitting tribute to the country’s war veterans, the House committee on appropriations approved House Bill 270, seeking to increase to P20,000 per month the Old-Age Pension of Veterans of World War II, Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Date: 08 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

PH, US pledge Cooperation in addressing Workplace Discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C., Apr 2 - The Philippine Embassy and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EOCC) reaffirmed their mutual commitment to address workplace discrimination by concluding a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Philippine Chancery Annex building on 28 March 2018.
Date: 02 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

DTI approves the Adoption of an International Standard on Occupational Health And Safety Management Systems as PNS

The Department of Trade and Industry’s Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) adopts the International Standard of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on Occupational health and safety management systems - Requirements with guidance for use as a Philippine National Standard (PNS).
Date: 02 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Trade and Industry

Jollibee ordered to regularize More than 6K Workers

MANILA, Apr 4 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has ordered Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) to regularize 6,482 workers deployed by its two contractors.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Angara pushes Bill giving assistance to First-Time Jobseekers

MANILA, Apr 3 (PNA) - College graduation is once again upon us and majority of fresh graduates will try their luck in the jobs market.
Date: 03 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Legislative Action needed to end Contractualization: Palace

MANILA, Apr 2 (PNA) - Even if President Rodrigo R. Duterte signs an Executive Order (EO) abolishing labor contractualization or "endo," legislative action will still be needed to ban it completely, a Malacañang official said Monday.
Date: 02 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOLE lauds Kuwait's Conviction of Demafelis Employers

MANILA, Apr 2 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) lauded Kuwait's fast action on the conviction of the employers of slain overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Joanna Demefelis.
Date: 02 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Burger King told to regularize Workers

Some 704 workers of one of the leading hamburger chains in the country will soon get their regular employment status.
Date: 28 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

Proclamation declaring 26 March 2018 as a Special (Non-Working) Day in the Municipality of Mambusao

This is to notify that Proclamation 430 is amended in order to declare 26 March 2018, instead of 29 March 2018, as a Special (Non-Working) Day in the Municipality of Mambusao, Province of Capiz, in order for the People of the Municipality to celebrate its Founding Anniversary and participate in the occasion with a ...
Date: 23 March 2018; Type: Proclamation; Citation: Proclamation No. 455; Source: Official Gazette

1998 PAL Retrenchment of 1,400 Cabin Crew legal

MANILA, Mar 26 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) affirmed the retrenchment of some 1,400 flight attendants and stewards of Philippine Airlines (PAL) in 1998 as part of its measure to counter financial losses. In a 55-page decision dated March 13 but was released to media on Monday, the SC en banc, in a 7-2 vote, upheld the Court of Appeals decisi ...
Date: 26 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Rolando De Roca v Eduardo C Dabuyan and 3 Others

Date: 05 March 2018; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 215281; Source: Supreme Court

OFW Handbook Bill hurdles House Panel

MANILA, Mar 22 (PNA) -  A measure proposing a standard handbook on the rights and responsibilities of Filipino migrant workers has hurdled the committee level at the House of Representatives.
Date: 22 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Proclamation declaring 23 April 2018 as a Special (Non-Working) Day in the Municipality of Plaridel

People of the Municipality of Plaridel has been given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the commemoration of the “Battle of Quingua", by declaring 23 April 2018, as a special (non-working) day in the Municipality of Plaridel in the Province of Bulacan. Proclamation No. 451
Date: 19 March 2018; Type: Proclamation; Citation: Proclamation No. 451; Source: Official Gazette

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CCCS clears Proposed Merger between Essilor and Luxottica

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) has issued a clearance decision on the proposed merger between Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d’Optique) S.A (“Essilor”) and Luxottica Group, S.p.A. (“Luxottica”) (collectively “Parties”). CCCS has concluded that the merger, if carried into effect, will not infringe the section 54 prohibition of the Competition Act (Cap. 50B).

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House and Senate successfully hold “Sports Dual Meet 2018”

The House of Representatives and the Senate on Thursday successfully held their second congressional sports invitational tournament dubbed “Sports Dual Meet 2018” at the House Sports Complex in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

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President Joko Widodo to attend ASEAN Summit in Singapore

Jakarta Apr 20 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo will attend the the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore on April 27-28, 2018.

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Police probes Facebook over Data Privacy Violation

Jakarta, Apr 19 (ANTARA News) - The National Police is currently investigating third-party applications on Facebook that have allegedly violated the data privacy of users, an official stated here on Thursday.

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Lawyer claims Trial to CBT of more than RM100,000

GEORGE TOWN, Apr 20 (Bernama) - A lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to criminal breach of trust involving more than RM100,000.

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IRBM confirms having issued Letters to International Schools

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 19 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) today confirmed that it had recently issued letters to the management of several international schools, here.

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Role of In-house Lawyers must evolve, says Judge

In an event that unveiled a study of local general counsel by the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and global law firm CMS, Judge of Appeal Steven Chong has given in-house counsel several pointers on what they need to do in their evolving role.

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Passenger-Facing Cameras: encrypt Recordings and restrict Access

The new rule that allows the cab and private-hire car drivers to install infacing cameras should not threaten the passenger privacy according to customer feedback.

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Cabinet confirms Appointment of New Permanent Secretary of Finance

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - The Cabinet has officially confirmed the appointment of the new Permanent Secretary of the Finance Ministry.

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Thailand preparing to host 12th ASEAN Skills Competition

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - Thailand is making preparations to host the 12th ASEAN Skills Competition, the objective of which is to urge adolescents and workers in the region to be enthusiastic about developing their skills in line with new technology.

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Government pardons nearly 8500 Prisoners, including Student Activists’ Killer

The Presidential Office announced on Tuesday that 8541 prisoners, including 51 foreigners, were released from prisons across the country.

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Tax Exemption on Mega Projects given since 1980s - Customs DG

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 19 (Bernama) - Tax exemptions have been awarded to several large projects owned by the Government since the 1980s, and the issue of waiving the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for procurement of materials and services related to the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project should not be played up, said Customs Director-General Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy.

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GST Compliance good, says Customs Department

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 18 (Bernama) - The Goods and Services Tax (GST) compliance in Malaysia is good even though there is still a need to continue to promote tax education.

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Illegal OFWs in Kuwait have until Thursday to avail of Amnesty Program

KUWAIT, Apr 18 (PNA) - Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa has announced that the Kuwaiti Department of Immigration under the Ministry of Interior has officially declared Thursday (April 19) as the last day for Filipinos to file their application for the amnesty program set to expire on April 22.

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Indonesia, Vietnam discuss Cooperation in Fisheries and Maritime Affairs

Jakarta Apr 18 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi discussed cooperation in maritime affairs and fisheries with her Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Bihn Mihn, during the third joint commission meeting between the two countries.

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