The Supreme Court has announced through its Courts News Flash that the limit on small claims will be increased starting on April 2019. Summary: Starting 01 April 2019, small claims cases up to Php400,000.00 may now be filed with the Metropolitan Trial Courts. Courts are required to resolve the case within 30 days from filing … Continue reading Law Updates: Small claims now up to P400K
IMAGINE SIGNING UP A LOAN DOCUMENT WHICH STATES THAT YOU CONFESS TO ALL CONSEQUENCES OF A DEFAULT. In a Bloomberg episode entitled "Sign Here to Lose Everything", the show explores the world of lending where creditors require their debtors to sign loan documents which provide for stipulations whereby the debtors admit to the consequences and … Continue reading Is confession of judgment legal in the Philippines?
DOLE Labor Advisory No. 4, Series of 2019: Guidelines for Compliance of Establishments to DO 198-18 Key points: Establishment is responsible for determining its classification (low to high risk). Classification shall be the basis for requirements on safett officer, OH personnel, medical services and facilities. Company's Human Resources Unit shall certify safety officer. Workers OSH … Continue reading Key points: DOLE Labor Advisory No. 4, Series of 2019: Guidelines for Compliance of Establishments to DO 198-18
GREAT TO LEARN THAT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IS NOW TAKING CENTER STAGE. I recall making the usual joke when I was an MBA Instructor teaching at San Beda University. I taught varied commercial subjects from obligations and contracts, labor law, agency, insurance, torts and damages, to intellectual property. I usually took my time when we reach … Continue reading Updates on Intellectual Property: IPO-PHL’s 5-Day MCLE Lecture Series
NOTHING REINFORCES TECHNICAL RULES MORE THAN A LAWYER FOR A COMPLAINANT The first breach of contract case I handled (a long time) involved an airline passenger and his wife who were unable to take their scheduled flight. We were for the airline. I came into the picture the night before a scheduled mediation hearing. I … Continue reading Lawyer for a complainant in airline dispute – a case study
FAMILY FOR EMPLOYEES CAN BE TRICKY I once had a business owner who told me that a first-degree aunt who had asked for work in their restaurant later on filed a labor case against the business. You could thus feel the frustration and the sadness that was being felt by the restaurant owner. She felt … Continue reading Aunt sues for labor complaint against niece and her restaurant – a case study
DOES DUE PROCESS MEAN ANYTHING THESE DAYS? A client received a Summons from the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) around 5:00 o'clock in the afternoon with the first hearing scheduled on the next day at 9:00 o'clock in the morning. It was quite in bad taste. Noticing that there was a new content in the … Continue reading NLRC: Employer waives right to file Position Paper for non-appearance in mandatory conciliation/mediation