Right against self-incrimination protects innocent persons against their stupid remarks

Lawyers are taught and trained to stop or keep their clients from speaking if they are involved in a criminal case, particularly if they are considered suspects and more so if they are the respondents or the accused. "Invoke your right against self-crimination" or "talk to my lawyer" is what would usually be advised of …

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No rape with murder, instead rape with homicide

PH Internet is lit with discussions on rape, homicide, and murder, following a tragic event involving a flight attendant who was found dead at a hotel in Makati after what is reported to be a New Year's party celebration. The following article will not discuss the incident. Instead, it will focus on the legal aspects …

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4 truths about prenuptial agreements

Prenuptial agreements in the Philippines operate differently from those in other countries. These are the things that you need to know about that document that might just improve your married life: 1. Prenuptial agreements do not stop a spouse from inheriting from the other. If you happen to watch a show where the mother of …

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Is DOLE’s regularization program increasing unemployment in the Philippines?

Recent news reports show that contractors have been letting go of hundreds of workers which ironically is related to the regularization program of the Department of Labor and Employment.The principal will only regularize a fraction of the number of workers deployed/assigned to it by the contractors.On the other hand, DOLE wants all of the deployed/assigned …

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The problem with a 2-year probationary period and a few solutions

A lawmaker is proposing to increase the 6-month probation to 2 years. Probationary employees would be more vulnerable, particularly those who are advanced in age. The measure will likely add to the diaspora of workers leaving for work abroad. While the measure seeks to provide more ample time to determine suitability of a probationary to …

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RA 11261 First Time Jobseekers Assistance Act

Key points: All Government offices/agencies, without exception, are prohibited from collecting any fees or charges paid in connection with the application for and the granting of licenses, proofs of identification, clearances, certificates or other documents usually required in the course of employment locally or abroad.The benefit may be availed only once.The first time jobseeker is …

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DOLE’s regularization program and small businesses

Over 500K employees were regularized following DOLE's program. No baseline as to how many employees are non-regulars. Regularization drive does not consider effects on small and medium businesses. It is a good feeling to be a regular employee. I recall an HR Manager telling me that an employee who had been with them for some …

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Prenuptial agreements protect spouses and their family

Relationships are strengthened when couples are able to talk about money. Prenuptial agreements protect spouses and their family. A spouse remains a compulsory heir as a prenuptial agreement is valid only during the lifetime of a marriage. Prenuptial agreements are valuable to asset and wealth protection, yet it is often ignored due to the perceived …

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Employer pays for salary differential under 105-day Maternity Leave

DOLE Department Order No. 1, Series of 2019 provided for the Guidelines on computing the salary differential under the new 105-day maternity leave law. Notable Points: The employer may only be reimbursed for maternity leave under the previous 60-day maternitu leave law. The remaining 55 days shall be shouldered by the employer, which is referred …

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