Legal Resources

Termination due to Loss of Trust (Theft, Fraud, etc.)

So, you’ve reason to believe that one of your cashiers in your Philippine office seems to have stolen some of her revolving fund. As an HR, you are considering termination. But can you terminate? Under what grounds and how do you do it? This article answers those questions and gives a summary of the important … Continue reading Termination due to Loss of Trust (Theft, Fraud, etc.)

Termination Due to Retrenchment

Business reverses happen to everyone. If these become severe enough, an employer may have to consider retrenching employees. But for legal as well as economic reasons, this is not a decision to be made lightly. Retrenchment in the Philippines is covered by Art 297 (formerly 282) of the Labor Code, the issuances of the Department … Continue reading Termination Due to Retrenchment

Termination due to AWOL, Tardiness or Abandonment

You’ve got an employee who’s frequently late and always absent on your hands, and are wondering if it’s possible to fire him under Philippine law. It is. I’ll explain below how and under what circumstances you need to do this. At the end of this post, you should have an idea of what the legal … Continue reading Termination due to AWOL, Tardiness or Abandonment

2018 Guide to Terminating Regularized Employees for the Philippine HR

If you are a HR practitioner in the Philippines, you know that it’s important to be familiar with the laws that regulate employee termination. While the laws grant that there are certain causes that lead to termination, they also protect an employee’s security of tenure. This requires that you know how to balance the needs … Continue reading 2018 Guide to Terminating Regularized Employees for the Philippine HR

Termination due to Illness (Philippines)

Philippine labor law is structured to give full protection to the rights of the workers. Consequently, there are specific, prescribed reasons and processes for validly terminating employment. The discussion below tackles valid termination due to health reasons. Contents Can You Terminate for Health Reasons? What diseases are covered? Certification from a Competent Health Authority Important … Continue reading Termination due to Illness (Philippines)

Annulment (Nullity of Marriage and Psychological Incapacity)

While Filipinos use the term 'Annulment' to refer to all cases where marriages are dissolved, the most common method is actually Nullity of Marriage based on Psychological Incapacity. I'll discuss the timeline, cost, and process for the most commonly used ground for Nullity of Marriage (Psychological Incapacity) to give you an understanding of court requirements. The … Continue reading Annulment (Nullity of Marriage and Psychological Incapacity)

Philippine Estate Taxes 2018

Wondering how Philippine Estate Taxes will impact your inheritance? This post answers those questions as I explain the current 2018 Philippine TRAIN estate taxes and provide sample computations. Contents Estate Tax Introduction What is a gross estate and how is it valued? Allowable Deductions for Citizens Allowable Deductions for Non Resident Aliens Computation Unmarried Decedent, 30M … Continue reading Philippine Estate Taxes 2018

Philippine Adoption Primer (Overview, Process, Costs)

Although domestic adoption is a lengthy and costly process, understanding the process helps a lot. It’s simpler to adopt rather than simulating birth (which has criminal consequences) or risk having the child taken away. Below are listed requirements, documents and the adoption process itself. There are 2 parts to the process. DSWD process to match … Continue reading Philippine Adoption Primer (Overview, Process, Costs)

Philippine Judicial and Administrative Naturalization (Everything you need to know)

If you’d like to become a Filipino citizen, then you should read this post carefully. Under certain circumstances, you can file for Filipino citizenship yourself. However, your particular circumstances might require a court process. Yes, this means hiring a lawyer and presenting evidence to the court. In this post, I outline the process, fees and … Continue reading Philippine Judicial and Administrative Naturalization (Everything you need to know)

3 Ways to Legally Separate if You’re in a Philippine Marriage

The end of a marriage is a difficult time. You'll need to read this post if you’re trying to figure out the best way to legally separate. This post discusses 3 ways to dissolve a marriage in the Philippines and gives a brief overview of costs and the process. In it, you may find the … Continue reading 3 Ways to Legally Separate if You’re in a Philippine Marriage