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Employment & Immigration

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Updated guidance on whether employers can mandate vaccination for their employees
  • Philippines
  • 24 March 2021

The dangers of COVID-19 continue to hamper workforces' efficiency. Understandably, employers may want to hasten their employees' vaccination by imposing a mandatory vaccination programme to recoup losses caused by the pandemic. However, a new law and recent regulatory publications state, in no uncertain terms, that the absence of COVID-19 vaccination will not prejudice employees.

Can employers mandate compulsory vaccination for their employees?
  • Philippines
  • 24 February 2021

In an effort to eradicate COVID-19, vaccines have been developed at a rapid pace. Employers are now contemplating imposing workplace-wide vaccination programmes in order to bring back available workforces and increase operational efficiency. Is this legally permissible?


Intellectual Property

Contributed by Mirandah Asia International, Inc.
MoU signed to counter piracy and counterfeiting on e-commerce platforms
  • Philippines
  • 22 March 2021

IP leaders in government and business spheres recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to counter piracy and counterfeiting on e-commerce platforms in the Philippines. The MoU seeks to establish codes of best practice among online retailers to curb online IP infringement via self-regulation. This development should reinforce confidence in the Philippine IP market and assure investors that strict enforcement measures are in place to deter potential online infringement.

COVID-19 generates first online IP hearings
  • Philippines
  • 17 August 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the IP regimes of multiple jurisdictions around the world have been forced to spring into action to increase their capabilities to provide online services, concerning both contentious and non-contentious aspects of IP matters. The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines has proven itself to be no slouch in this global race for the modernisation of legal services.


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