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.
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?
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.
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.