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Amicus Curiae

September 20, 2021
Amicus Curiae

Workers’ Rights in the Gig Economy

The gig economy involves work done in digital labor platforms which includes both web-based platforms, where work is outsourced through an open call to a geographically dispersed crowd (crowdwork), and through location-based apps (work on-demand via apps) which allocate work to individuals in a specific geographic area.

September 7, 2021
Amicus Curiae

More Than a Year Into the Pandemic: New Employment Rules and Procedures for Foreign Nationals Coming into the Philippines

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed the way we live, particularly in relation to travel and mobility. In an attempt to curb the spread of the constantly evolving variants of the COVID-19 disease, the Philippines is among the countries that continue to close its borders to foreign travelers coming in for purposes of tourism.

August 31, 2021
Amicus Curiae

AI, Employee Privacy and COVID-19

For more than a year now, the current COVID-19 pandemic has affected “how we do things” in all aspects of our lives. Apart from “shocking” our health systems, this pandemic forced companies to adapt in order to survive, drastically changing working arrangements. Caught in a difficult exercise of balancing interests of protecting health and providing continuous employment, most companies implemented remote working or work-from-home (WFH) arrangements for their employees.

August 31, 2021
Amicus Curiae

Suspension of the Imposition of VAT on Local Purchases of RBEs

When Revenue Regulations (“RR”) No. 9-2021 was issued, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (“PEZA”) registered enterprises became concerned as their once VAT zero-rated local purchases will be subject to 12% VAT starting on June 27, 2021.

August 10, 2021
Amicus Curiae

No Vaccine, No Work

It was reported in the news recently, that CNN in New York, USA fired three employees who violated company policy by reporting for work unvaccinated against the COVID-19 virus1. Jeff Zucker, CNN chief, was reported to have said that CNN has a zero-tolerance policy on the matter — referring to the policy requiring employees reporting onsite to get vaccinated.

August 4, 2021
Amicus Curiae

Understanding NFTs as Virtual Assets

Play-to-Earn games have been gaining traction recently. With popular games like Axie Infinity and My Defi Pet, users are drawn to the unique selling proposition that one can earn money as they play.

In a nutshell, Play-to-Earn games involve the use of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) which gamers can use to progress in the game.

Point of Law

May 31, 2018
Point of Law

Portrait of a statesman

On May 13, 2018, the nation mourned the loss of one of the greatest statesmen to have served the country: Sen. Edgardo J. Angara.

May 25, 2018
Point of Law

Legal robots

In the past, it was thought that only simple jobs could be replaced by technology. However, with the onset of artificial intelligence (AI), even work which requires legal analysis is about to face stiff competition.

May 3, 2018
Point of Law

Right to travel

After years of uncertainty, the Supreme Court (SC) finally laid to rest whether the Department of Justice, through its chief, may issue hold departure orders (HDOs) and watchlist orders (“WLOs”) to prevent people under investigation from leaving the country.

April 19, 2018
Point of Law

Whatever happened to ‘My Husband’s Lover’ bill?

With the recent progress of House Bills 6027 and 6595, more popularly known as the divorce bill and same-sex marriage bill, respectively, proponents say the Philippines is set to finally join the ranks of countries that have modernized their laws on marriage and family relations.

April 5, 2018
Point of Law

Making light of perjury

Perjury is one of the vilest crimes that one can commit. With the stroke of a pen or slip of the tongue, it can ruin a man’s reputation, or worse, send him to a detention cell or prison.

March 22, 2018
Point of Law

TRAIN’s bells and alarms

Just a few days after it took effect, the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law has set off more than just a few alarms. In addition to allegations it was procedurally infirm (there is a pending case in the Supreme Court challenging it), TRAIN has been criticized as being antipoor.

Others

July 8, 2021
Others

The Legal 500’s 2021 Country Comparative Guide for Litigation

ACCRALAW contributed to the Legal 500’s 2021 Country Comparative Guide for Litigation. The Guide provided an overview of the rules of procedure governing commercial litigation in the Philippines, the enforcement of foreign judgments, collective redress mechanisms, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on commercial litigation.

May 3, 2021
Others

The Legal 500 Comparative Guide on Public Procurement

Written in question and answer format, the Legal 500 Country Comparative Guide on Public Procurement provides an overview of public procurement procedures in various jurisdictions worldwide. The Firm’s Melissa G. Velarde, Maria Angeline L. Tayag, Michael Ryan Natividad, and Zyra Frances P. Aquilizan co-authored the Philippine chapter of the Guide.

April 6, 2021
Others

APAC at a Glance: COVID-Related Restrictions

ACCRALAW contributed the responses for the Philippines to Littler’s quick guide on the applicable COVID-19 restrictions in the Asia-Pacific region. Its guide is entitled “Littler’s APAC At a Glance: COVID-Related Restrictions”. The summary aims to “provide multinational employers with a quick reference of new COVID-related developments.”

April 5, 2021
Others

The Legal 500’s Lending & Secured Finance Guide

ACCRALAW contributed the Philippine chapter of Lending & Secured Finance published by The Legal 500. The guide aims to provide foreign lenders a concise summary of the important laws and regulations in different jurisdictions. Senior Partner Judy Hao, Partners Chrysilla Carissa P. Bautista and Eric R. Recalde wrote the chapter.

January 25, 2021
Others

CREATE Benefits Small Businesses

CREATE (Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act) has been certified for immediate passage by March 9. It is up to Congress to meet this deadline.

Why the rush? The deadline is set in March when most companies finalize their financial statements and tax returns for the previous year. If the deadline is met, companies will be able to revise their corporate tax payable downwards before they are required to pay them in April.

September 18, 2020
Others

The Chambers International Arbitration 2020 Guide

The Chambers International Arbitration 2020 Guide offers “expert legal commentary on tribunals, preliminary and interim relief, collection and submission of evidence, confidentiality, types of remedies, class actions, the New York Convention, and grounds for appeal and enforcement” in over 47 jurisdictions. The chapter on the Philippines was contributed by ACCRALAW.