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SC stresses Balance of Workers, Employers Rights

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has reiterated balancing workers' rights with the rights of employers to exercise management prerogatives in dealing with their companies’ affairs, including their right to dismiss erring employees.

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Duterte certifies Security of Tenure Bill as Urgent

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has certified the passage of the security of tenure bill as urgent, in efforts to fulfill his campaign promise of banning labor-only contracting in the country.
Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Teachers not exempted from Eight-Hour Workday

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - Public school teachers are not exempted from the eight-hour workday, the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Tuesday.
Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Employers to bear Full Levy Payment for Foreign Workers

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 25 (Bernama) - The government has decided to retain the previous levy payment structure for foreign workers, with employers bearing the full cost. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the decision was made following complaints from foreign workers and trade unions which, according to a report in a Chinese-language newspaper today ...
Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Utusan face Legal Action if VSS Compensation not paid in Lump Sum

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 24 (Bernama) - Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad may face action under the Employment Act 1955 if it fails to pay compensation under the Voluntary Separation Scheme (VSS) in one lump sum to employees who took up the scheme within 30 days of their date of termination. Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar said the Employment ( ...
Date: 24 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

NLA accepts Draft Labor Protection Bill for Deliberation

BANGKOK, Sept 21 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly has agreed to accept the draft labor protection bill for deliberation.
Date: 21 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA discusses Amendments to Labor Protection Act

BANGKOK, Sept 20 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has deliberated on amendments to the Labor Protection Act to provide employee protection in accordance with international standards.
Date: 20 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

New Act to improve Promotions for Top Public Service Officers - Mahathir

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 21 (Bernama) - The government has agreed to draft a Public Services Act to improve promotion process for officers in the senior management group, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
Date: 21 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

DOLE supports Telecommuting Bill

MANILA, Sept 20 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) urged other government agencies to push for the approval of the telecommuting bill.
Date: 20 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Cabinet OKs sending Caregivers to Japan

The cabinet’s Education, Health and Human Resources Development Committee has allowed the employment agencies to send caregivers to Japan for its elderly, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population said.
Date: 17 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Lee Lily and Another v Novartis Corporation (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Date: 14 September 2018; Court: Industrial Court; Citation: Award No. 2195 of 2018; Source: Industrial Court

Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur v Grand Elite Sdn Bhd (Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur)

Date: 14 September 2018; Court: Industrial Court; Citation: Award No. 2197 of 2018; Source: Industrial Court

PT Gasina v Erwin DKK

Date: 23 April 2018; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 43 PK/Pdt.Sus-PHI/2018; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

Gunasundhari A/P R Sandrasegaran v Rapidcloud (M) Sdn Bhd

Date: 13 September 2018; Court: Industrial Court; Citation: Award No. 2189 of 2018; Source: Industrial Court

PT Haldin Pacific Semesta v Purbady Jonatan

Date: 15 May 2018; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 46 PK/Pdt.Sus-PHI/2018; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

PT Gasina v Erwin DKK

Date: 23 April 2018; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 43 PK/Pdt.Sus-PHI/2018; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

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Businesses urged to comply with May 1 Minimum Wage Increase

All businesses and factories in Laos are required to increase the minimum wage from the present 900,000 kip to 1.1 million kip a month as of May 1 in a bid to improve workers’ standard of living.

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Employers to bear Full Levy Payment for Foreign Workers

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 25 (Bernama) - The government has decided to retain the previous levy payment structure for foreign workers, with employers bearing the full cost. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the decision was ...

Utusan face Legal Action if VSS Compensation not paid in Lump Sum New Act to improve Promotions for Top Public Service Officers - Mahathir Lee Lily and Another v Novartis Corporation (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd more

Cabinet OKs sending Caregivers to Japan

The cabinet’s Education, Health and Human Resources Development Committee has allowed the employment agencies to send caregivers to Japan for its elderly, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population said.

Bill Committee rejects Prison Time for Employers who break Labour Law ILO clarifies on Disability Hiring, Minimum Wage and Holidays Garment Workers fired for not signing Employment Contract more

SC stresses Balance of Workers, Employers Rights

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has reiterated balancing workers' rights with the rights of employers to exercise management prerogatives in dealing with their companies’ affairs, including their rig ...

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Indonesia hands over Chairmanship of ASEAN Committee to Thailand

Jakarta, Sept 25 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Ambassador to Kuwait, Tatang Budie Utama Razak, handed over the chairmanship of ASEAN Committee in Kuwait (ACK) for the period of January-June 2018 to ACK Chairman of the next period, Ambassador of Thailand to Kuwait, Dusit Manapan, on Sept 19.

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NLA receives Support from Labor Groups for Enactment of New Labor Protection Law

BANGKOK, Sept 26 (NNT) - Representatives of various labor groups have expressed support for the National Legislative Assembly’s enactment of a new version of the Labor Protection Act.

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House holds Marathon Budget Deliberations to meet October Deadline

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The House of Representatives is holding marathon deliberations - even extending the plenary session until the wee hours - on the proposed PHP3.757-trillion 2019 national budget to meet its approval deadline by October 12, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said on Tuesday.

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DOJ awaits BI Comments, Records on Fox Deportation Case

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has asked the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to file a formal comment on the petition for review of the government's deportation order against Australian missionary nun Patricia Fox.

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IPOPHL to roll out Green Lane for Trademark Applications

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is set to roll out a ‘green lane’ for trademark applications that will slash the average processing time for registration, which currently takes about eight months to be approved.

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BSP warns Public against Frauds, Scams

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Tuesday warned the public against frauds and scams, in the wake of the fast approaching holiday season.

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Corporate Income Tax cuts won't lead to Job Losses

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - Finance Undersecretary Karl Chua said the removal of certain incentives under the proposed tax reform measure will not result in job losses.

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Yangon Court allows Trial to resume in Celebrity Slaying

Yangon Region High Court decided on Monday to let the trial go ahead in the murder of Facebook celebrity Aung Ye Htwe and cancel the order by the district court to withdraw the case.

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Fundamental Freedoms must be aligned with International Standards - Dewan Rakyat Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 (Bernama) - Parliamentarians have to ensure that the Federal Constitution and laws relating to freedom of expression, access to information and press freedom are in line with international human right standards, said Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.

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SME Mart to assist Entrepreneurs Market Products Overseas

SHAH ALAM, Sept 24 (Bernama) - SME Mart, an initiative introduced by Dewan Ekonomi Usahawan Malaysia (DEUM) will serve as a platform for Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs to sell their products on both the local and international market.

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SGX proposes New “trade at close” Session for Securities Market

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is seeking public feedback on the proposed introduction of a new trading session for the securities market, the “trade at close” (TAC), which will take place after the closing auction routine ends.

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PHL Officials to brief UK Investors on Opportunities in Infra, Other Sectors

A Duterte Cabinet delegation led by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III will embark on a three-day mission to London this week to brief British investors on the vast business opportunities in the country’s infrastructure, energy and tourism sectors and explore ways to expand economic cooperation between the Philippines and the United Kingdom.

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DOF thanks House for Final OK of Corporate Tax Reform Bill

The Department of Finance (DOF) has thanked the House of Representatives for approving on third and final reading the bill seeking to lower the corporate income tax (CIT) and correct the convoluted incentives system for businesses, as it expressed optimism that the Senate would pass a similar measure soon enough to enable the people to reap the benefits of a fair, transparent and accountable tax system in the form of more investments and jobs.

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PH Ambassador to Bahrain participates in a Roundtable on International Labor Standards

MANAMA, Sept 24 - Philippine Ambassador to Bahrain Alfonso A. Ver participated in a roundtable discussion on various International Labor Organization’s (ILO) conventions on foreign workers with the ILO Direct Contact Mission to Bahrain on 18 September 2018.

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HK Business Seminar puts Spotlight on Investment Opportunities in PH

HONG KONG, Sept 24  - Top-level government officials reassured potential investors in Hong Kong that the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte is working “non-stop” to ensure that the necessary policies, fiscal measures and legal framework relating to ease of doing business and investments are in place.

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MAS outlines Enforcement Approach to deter, detect and investigate Breaches of Rules and Regulations

Singapore, Sept 24 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has published an Enforcement monograph to provide greater clarity and transparency into how MAS deters, detects, investigates and takes action against breaches of the rules and regulations it administers. The monograph outlines how MAS’ Enforcement Department works together with the other financial sector oversight functions in MAS to uphold Singapore’s reputation as a clean and trusted financial centre.

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International Maritime Community re-affirms Co-operation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

More than 180 participants from around 80 maritime administrations and organisations, as well as embassies in Singapore, attended the 11th Co-operation Forum this morning, where they reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen cooperation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS).

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Chartered Accountant and Lawyer among those who joined Scheme as Proxy Decision-Makers

Lawyer Haryadi Hadi, 35, decided to be a professional deputy as he has wealthy clients who are single, childless or have strained ties with their loved ones and they cannot find anyone to be their proxy decision-makers should they become mentally incapacitated.

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