Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to the Republic of the Philippines as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Philippines: Probationary period for employees

A national MP has proposed a Bill that aims to extend the probationary period for employees from six months to two years …

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Philippines: Foreign workers must secure ‘certificate of no objection’

The Department of Labour and Employment has announced that foreigners who wish to work in the country must submit to the Department’s regional office, within three working days of their application, a “certificate of no objection” …

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Philippines: Is payroll covered by new act

It remains unclear if the National Payment Services Act enacted last November applies to payroll systems operated by individual employers or third-party payroll providers …

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Philippines: Online recruitment jumps 13% in March

The online provider of employment services ‘Monster’ has reported a rise of 13% in online hiring in the Philippines between March of 2018 and 2019 …

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Philippines: House of Representatives approves medical cannabis use

A Bill legalising the use of cannabis for medical purposes has passed the Parliament at second reading …

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Philippines: Government passes Telecommuting Act

The Telecommuting Act has been signed, allowing employees to work remotely …

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Philippines: House approves bill granting 100-day paid maternity leave

The Expanded Maternity Leave Bill (No …

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Philippines: Duterte signs law on national ID system

The first stage for introducing a new citizen identification system is now underway …

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Philippines: Duterte signs law protecting workers’ safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Law (OSHB) has now been signed by the President …

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Philippines: Labour-only contracts

The state President Rodrigo Duterte has responded to pressures concerning “labour-only contracts” (LOCs) by drawing up an executive order …

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Philippines: Senate approves national ID system law

The Senate has now passed the Philippine Identification System Act 2018 …

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Philippines: Firms urged to comply with data privacy law

The deadline set by the National Privacy Commission (NPC) for implementing the new Data Protection Act (RA 10173) has now passed …

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Philippines: 2016 Survey of employment statistics on agency-hired workers

According to latest figures from the Philippine Statistics Authority, in 2016, 54% of the estimated 31,277 establishments with at least 20 workers have employees hired through staffing agencies …

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Philippines: New tax laws

A raft of tax laws that are due to come into force this month increase the tax-free element of annual personal incomes from P10,000 (US$199) to P250,000 (US$4997), but increase the top marginal rate of tax from 32% to 35% …

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Philippines: 13th month bonus

With year-end approaching all employers will need to prepare for payment of the annual 13th month bonus …

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