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House approves OFW Remittance Protection Bill

To further protect the hard-earned money of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9032 or the proposed "Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) Remittance Protection Act" which seeks to grant discounts to their remittances to their families in the Philippines.
Date: 10 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Senate ratifies First Time Job-Seekers Assistance Bill

MANILA, Feb 6 (PNA) - The Senate on Wednesday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the bill seeking to exempt fresh graduates and out-of-school youth from paying government fees and charges on documents needed for their job application.
Date: 06 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Employers' Group to regularize 200K Workers: DOLE

MANILA, Feb 6 (PNA) - Some 220,000 private sector employees of Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP)-member companies will be regularized in three years, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced on Wednesday.
Date: 06 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

DOLE to prioritize Reemployment of Hanjin Workers

MANILA, Jan 29 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday vowed to prioritize the reemployment of workers of the Hanjin Heavy Industries Construction Philippines (HHIC Phil.), who will be affected by the company’s rehabilitation.
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill establishing Office for Social Welfare Attaches for OFWs

The House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs chaired by Rep. Jesulito Manalo (Party-list, ANGKLA) on Tuesday approved a substitute bill which seeks to create the office for social welfare attache for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Date: 23 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves on Reading Bill raising Service Charge Collection Share of Employees

A proposal to grant employees of hotels, restaurants and similar establishments with higher share in the service charges being collected by business firms is nearing enactment into law as the House of Representatives unanimously approved the measure on third and final reading.
Date: 18 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DOLE vows Aid for Workers displaced by Hanjin Bankruptcy

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday vowed to assist 3,800 workers of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) who might be affected after the South Korean shipbuilder declared bankruptcy and applied for rehabilitation.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

MPD Official sacked for hitting 3 Cops

MANILA, Jan 11 (PNA) - An official of the Manila Police District was ordered relieved from his post after allegedly hitting three cops for allegedly refusing to follow orders during the feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila on Wednesday.
Date: 11 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte signs 'Work from Home' Law

MANILA, Jan 11 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law institutionalizing the rights of employees in the private sector who work from their homes. Under the Telecommuting Act, employers are required to give online workers the same rights, protection, and compensation as their counterparts who physically go to the office. “I ...
Date: 11 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

More than 400K Workers became Regular under Duterte Admin

MANILA, Dec 27 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte’s issuance of an executive order protecting the right of the workers to security of tenure has resulted in the regularization of over 411,000 contractual employees, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Thursday.
Date: 27 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA allows Payment of Benefits to INP Retirees

MANILA, Dec 25 (PNA) - A ruling by the Court of Appeals (CA) has allowed the payment of pension benefits to retired members of the defunct Integrated National Police (INP).
Date: 25 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Over 400K Workers regularized from January to December: DOLE

MANILA, Dec 19 (PNA) - Over 400,000 contractual workers have been given permanent employment as part of the anti-"endo" campaign of the government, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported on Wednesday.
Date: 19 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House OKs Bill lowering Government Retirement Age to 56

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday overwhelmingly approved on third and final reading a measure lowering the optional retirement age of government employees from 60 to 56.
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Workers get Additional Pay on December 8

MANILA, Dec 7 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Friday said workers who will report to work on Saturday, December 8, a special non-working day as the country observes the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, will get an additional 30 percent in their salaries.
Date: 07 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Workers get Double Pay on November 30

MANILA, Nov 29 (PNA) - Private sector employees who will report for work on Friday, November 30, Andres Bonifacio Day, a regular holiday will receive 200 percent or double pay of their salary for the day, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Thursday.
Date: 29 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOLE urged to follow Labor Code in hiring Foreigners

MANILA, Nov 28 (PNA) - A labor group on Wednesday urged the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to observe the Labor Code in providing alien employment permit (AEP) for foreign workers.
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House ratifies Bicam Report on 105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave

The House of Representatives ratified the bicameral conference report on the bill that harmonized House Bill 4113 and Senate Bill 1305 or the “105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Law,” which seeks to increase the maternity leave period to 105 days for female workers with an option to extend for an additional 30 days without pay, and granti ...
Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Bill Further regulating Employment of Foreign Nationals passed on Second Reading

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8368 which seeks to strengthen the regulation of employment of foreign nationals in the country.
Date: 16 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House Panel okays Bill lowering Retirement Age of Government Workers

MANILA, Nov 15 (PNA) - A bill lowering the optional retirement age of government employees from 60 to 56 years old hurdled committee level at the House of Representatives.
Date: 15 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Minimum Wage Hike for NCR Workers takes effect November 22

MANILA, Nov 12 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday announced that the PHP25 increase in the minimum wage for workers in Metro Manila will take effect on November 22.
Date: 12 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Justice Ministry: US Claims ‘baseless’

The Ministry of Justice on Tuesday reacted to recent “baseless” claims by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh regarding the case of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, urging the embassy to stop spreading misinformation regarding the implementation of the law in Cambodia.

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Court adjourns Tony Pua's Appeal against Interim Injunction over RUU355 Video Clip

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 20 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today adjourned the appeal hearing by Damansara Member of Parliament Tony Pua Kiam Wee against an interim injunction order over his alleged video clip relating to the tabling of Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016 or RUU355.

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DOJ urged to Act on Murder Raps vs PNP Men in Lawyer's Death

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - A former Cebu City councilor asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday to charge policemen implicated in the killing of his brother, lawyer Noel Archival, five years ago.

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Laos, Japan celebrate 20 Years of Legal, Judicial Cooperation

The Lao and Japanese governments have highlighted 20 years of achievement in cooperation to strengthen the legal and judicial sectors in Laos, especially with regard to human resource development.

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Sarawak Lawyers wants Government to set up RCI over Judge Allegations

MIRI, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) has proposed to the government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) over the allegation of judicial interference in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer recently.

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MACC meets Judge Hamid Sultan over 63-Page Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 18 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today met with Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Baker over his recent 63-page affidavit, filed last week, on allegations of judicial interference.

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CBM headed in Right Direction, Bank Development expected: Experts

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has begun taking the initial steps to stand as an independent body, local financial experts and economists say.

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Retired SC Justice Azcuna 'Selfless Government Worker': Palace

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang wished retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna the best as he celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday.

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Rule of Law followed in Ressa Arrest

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said the rule of law was followed in the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa for cyberlibel amid criticisms of suppressing press freedom.

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Rebuilding ASEAN’s Financial Safety Net

Singapore and Indonesia signed a US$10 billion (K15.23 trillion) bilateral swap agreement last October, allowing the two countries to assist each other during times of financial stress through US dollar loans. The move signalled a willingness by ASEAN countries to play a bigger and more direct role in strengthening the region’s financial stability, but there is still much more to do.

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Judiciary lodges Police Report over Allegations in Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 15 (Bernama) - The Judiciary has lodged a police report over allegations made against unnamed judges and the institution in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer.

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Blind Woman's Persistence to become Lawyer bears Fruit

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’, this proverb illustrates the determination and diligence of a visually impaired young woman who has achieved her dream of becoming a lawyer.

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Lawyer urges Government and CJ to address Justice Hamid's Revelations

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo has called on the government and Chief Justice to immediately look into the claims by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer, contained in his affidavit which revealed misconduct of top judges and judicial interference.

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Decision on Minimum Wage Increases due in March

BANGKOK, Feb 13 (NNT) - The final decision on Minimum Wage increases will be made in March, with new rates to vary in accordance with economic conditions in each province.

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No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday assured full protection of the civil rights of online news website Rappler's publisher Maria Ressa, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a cyber libel complaint filed against her and the media firm by a private individual.

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DOTr inks Deal on Common Station Construction

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday signed a contract with a private consortium for the construction of Area A of the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) or the common station which is located between SM North Edsa and Trinoma in Quezon City.

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Men too face Sexual Harassment at Workplace

SUNGAI PETANI, Feb 14 (Bernama) - Men too have been recorded as being victims of sexual harassment at the workplace, said Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister, Hannah Yeoh.

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LHDN launches eProcurement System, Suppliers' Portal

CYBERJAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) has launched the eProcurement (eP) system and the Suppliers’ portal as a continuous effort to improve service delivery to suppliers or tenderers dealing with the agency.

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