Senate Tackles Bill Promoting Flexible Work Arrangements

Senate Tackles Bill Promoting Flexible Work Arrangements.....»»

Category: newsSource: metrocebu metrocebuSep 14th, 2017

Villanueva Bats for Bill Promoting Flexible Work Arrangements Including 4-Day Workweek Scheme

Villanueva Bats for Bill Promoting Flexible Work Arrangements Including 4-Day Workweek Scheme.....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsAug 30th, 2017

Bill promoting 'work from home' hurdles Senate -

Bill promoting 'work from home' hurdles Senate -»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2017

Bill promoting 'work from home' hurdles Senate -

Bill promoting 'work from home' hurdles Senate -»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2017

Senate OKs bill promoting transparency, public accountability

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate approved on third and final reading a bill, which promotes greater transparency and public accountability in the formulation.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 19th, 2017

House tackles bill on 4-day work week

MANILA, Philippines - The measure that aims to institutionalize – both in private and government offices – an “optional four-day work week” as a means of max.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2017

Senate bill creating OFW dept not meant to encourage work abroad—Villanueva

Senate bill creating OFW dept not meant to encourage work abroad—Villanueva.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 10th, 2017

Trump’s transgender military ban ‘not worked out yet’ – BBC News

The White House has not yet decided how it will implement the president's ban on transgender people serving in the US military. Mr Trump's surprise Twitter announcement on Wednesday has been met with criticism from rights groups. Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the administration would work alongside the Pentagon to decide how to proceed. It is not yet clear how the announcement will affect current transgender service personnel. &'8220;The United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US military,&'8221; Donald Trump tweeted. &'8220;Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.&'8221; Asked at a press briefing if troops on battlefields would be immediately sent back, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the policy had yet to be worked out. &'8220;The decision is based on a military decision. It's not meant to be anything more than that,&'8221; she said. However, some US media outlets questioned the spending justification. The Washington Post drew attention to an analysis that the US military spends almost $42m (£32m) a year on the erectile dysfunction medication Viagra &'' several times the total estimated cost of transgender medical support. Meanwhile, Politico reports that the move was prompted by threats from Republican hardliners over a spending bill which would provide funding for Mr Trump's promised military spending and border wall plans. One Republican lawmaker had already tabled an amendment to the spending bill to prevent the military paying for transgender surgical procedures. The timing of this transgender ban is almost as interesting as the move itself. Why now? With the Trump administration being buffeted by the Jeff Sessions political death watch, the ongoing multi-prong investigation into the Trump campaign, the healthcare drama in the Senate and the impending Russian sanctions bill, perhaps the administration decided this was a good time to change the subject and rally conservative forces to his side. Republicans have long used cultural issues as a wedge to divide Democrats and energise evangelicals. As one White House insider acknowledged, this is straight out of that playbook. While Mr Trump campaigned as sympathetic to LGBT rights, he needs the traditional religious conservatives to stay loyal to him now, more than ever. The president's action will create a furore among liberals and the media commentators whose disdain for the current administration is not a new development. This is a fight the White House will welcome. The decision to allow transgender people to serve openly in the military was made by the Obama administration last year, with a one-year review period allowed for its implementation. The policy included a provision for the military to provide medical help for service members wanting to change gender. But in June, Defence Secretary James Mattis agreed to a further six-month delay. In 2016, the independent Rand Corporation estimated that about 4,000 US active-duty and reserve service members are transgender, although some campaigners put the figure higher than 10,000. Rand also predicted that the inclusion of transgender people in the military would cause a 0.13% increase in healthcare spending (approximately $8.4m). Kristin Beck, a retired elite Navy SEAL, issued a challenge to President Trump in an interview with Business Insider: &'8220;Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy.&'8221; She said that during her decorated military career, she had been &'8220;defending individual liberty&'8221;. &'8220;Being transgender doesn't affect anyone else,&'8221; she said. &'8220;We are liberty's light. If you can't defend that for everyone that's an American citizen, that's not right.&'8221; Army reservist Rudy Akbarian, in Los Angeles, said: &'8220;My heart dropped a little bit, you know. It hurt.&'8221; &'8220;Not everyone responded well after learning I was transitioning,&'8221; he said. &'8220;But after spending time on missions and realising we all share the same love for the country, we worked together and got the job done. &'8220;The discrimination I'm facing now is from those outside the military &'' not the people who work with me.&'8221; Mr Trump said his decision was based on consultation with his generals, but there has been a mixed reaction. Former Defence Secretary Ash Carter, who lifted the ban last year under President Obama, said: &'8220;To choose service members on other grounds than military qualifications is social policy and has no place in our military.&'8221; Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Republican John McCain, said major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter. &'8220;Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving,&'8221; he added. Several British military generals also condemned Mr Trump's decision, including the commander of the UK Maritime Forces, Rear Admiral Alex Burton, who said &'8220;I am so glad we are not going this way.&'8221; &'8220;Each dollar needs to be spent to address threats facing our nation,&'8221; Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, a long-time opponent of the Obama administration's position, said in a statement. &'8220;The costs incurred by funding transgender surgeries and the required additional care it demands should not be the focus of our military resources,&'8221; she said. Trump supporter and political commentator Scott Presler is among those who disagree with the military carrying the cost of such interventions. While disagreeing with the ban, he added that &'8220;generals know more about war than I do.&'8221; &'8220;I don't think this is an attack on the LGBT community &' I'm mixed, but I have confidence in the guidance that President [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2017

Senate approves 'work from home' bill on final reading

Senate approves 'work from home' bill on final reading.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2017

Senate approves work-from-home bill on final reading - Manila Bulletin

Senate approves work-from-home bill on final reading - Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2017

Senate approves 'work from home' bill on final reading - Rappler

Senate approves 'work from home' bill on final reading - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2017

Senate tackles bill to abolish Road Board - BusinessWorld Online Edition

Senate tackles bill to abolish Road Board - BusinessWorld Online Edition.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 5th, 2017

Pimentel urges BTC to work “double time” on draft Bangsamoro law

PASAY CITY (MindaNews/ 01 March) &'8212;  The expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that will draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) &'8220;should now start working&'8221; and work &'8220;double time&'8221; to submit their draft to Congress by July, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said, adding that passing a &'8220;bill into law is easier than (shifting from) old [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 1st, 2017

New EPA head Scott Pruitt’s emails indicate close ties to oil and gas producers – ABC News

More than 7,000 pages of emails from Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt indicate a cozy relationship with oil and gas producers, fossil fuel companies, electric companies, as well as political groups tied to the Koch Brothers during his time as Oklahoma Attorney General. The emails &'8212; made public Wednesday by an Oklahoma judge in response to a lawsuit by liberal watchdog group the Center for Media and Democracy &'8212; indicate coordination between Pruitt and these Koch-backed groups with the goal of undermining the Obama administration's efforts to help curb carbon emissions and prevent climate change. Pruitt was narrowly confirmed by the U.S. Senate (52-46) to be the EPA's administrator Friday after a contentious confirmation process while facing protests from Democrats and environmental groups not only because of his ties to energy companies, but because as Oklahoma’s attorney general he sued the EPA 14 times. Some emails show that companies like Devon Energy in 2013 provided Pruitt's office with draft letters to send to government regulators in an attempt to block those regulations. Some of this was publicly known because some of the emails were previously released to the New York Times in 2014. “Please find attached a short white paper with some talking points that you might find useful to cut and paste when encouraging States to file comments on the SSM rule,” wrote a lobbyist at Hunton &'38; Williams, a law firm that represents major utility companies. The SSM rule relates to industrial emissions. Democrats attempted to hold off on Pruitt’s confirmation until these emails were released, but they were unsuccessful. “Thank you to your respective bosses and all they are doing to push back against President Obama’s EPA and its axis with liberal environmental groups to increase energy costs for Oklahomans and American families across the states,” reads another email sent to Pruitt from an executive at the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group. “You both work for true champions of freedom and liberty!” The emails also show how Pruitt’s office appeared to work with these companies to draft these letters for Pruitt to sign to try and prevent new regulations. “Any suggestions?” a deputy solicitor general in Pruitt’s office wrote in May 2013 to an executive at Devon Energy, an oil and gas production company. The email to the executive, Bill Whitsitt, included a draft Pruitt’s office appeared to be planning to send to the EPA regarding proposed emissions regulations. Whitsitt replied with what looks like proposed changes: “Please note that you could use just the red changes, or both red and blue (the latter being some further improvements from one of our experts) or none.” The deputy solicitor general replied the next day telling Whitsitt he had sent the letter, writing “Thanks for all your help on this.” In another email in January 2013, Pruitt’s chief of staff at the time gushed to Whitsitt: “You are so amazingly helpful!!! Thank you so much!!!” &'8220;Our engagement with Scott Pruitt as Attorney General of Oklahoma is consistent – and proportionate – with our commitment to engage in conversations with policymakers on a broad range of matters that promote jobs, economic growth and a robust domestic energy sector,&'8221; a spokesperson for Devon Energy told ABC News. &'8220;In some cases, we serve as a resource with useful information and expertise for decision-makers &' It would be indefensible for us to not be engaged in these important issues.&'8221; Lincoln Ferguson, the press secretary for the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office released a statement writing that their office has &'8220;complied with a Court’s order regarding a January 2015 Open Records Act request.” &'8220;In fact, the Office went above and beyond what is required under the Open Records Act and produced thousands of additional documents that, but for the Court’s order, would typically be considered records outside the scope of the Act,” Ferguson said. &'8220;This broad disclosure should provide affirmation that, despite politically motivated allegations, the Office of Attorney General remains fully committed to the letter and spirit of the Open Records Act.” Americans for Prosperity declined comment. “The newly released emails reveal a close and friendly relationship between Scott Pruitt’s office and the fossil fuel industry,” Nick Surgey, research director at the Center for Media and Democracy, wrote in an email Wednesday.( SHUSHANNAH WALSHE,RYAN STRUYK) &'160; &'160; 35&'160;total views, 35&'160;views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2017

Senate panel to discuss 'work from home' bill

Senate panel to discuss 'work from home' bill.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 25th, 2017

Senate tackles death penalty bill in January

MANILA, Philippines - The Senate will start its debates on proposals to revive the death penalty this January following the House panel’s approval of a bill.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 9th, 2016

Fake news undefined in Senate’s anti-fake news bill, group warns

A regional rights group has pointed out provisions of Senate Bill 1492, or the proposed Anti-Fake News bill, that it said would threaten the right to freedom of expression. Source link link: Fake news undefined in Senate’s anti-fake news bill, group warns.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

Senate debates on emergency powers to resume

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate will soon resume deliberations on the bill granting emergency powers to President Duterte to address the worsening transport.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

Mocha titillates 2019 Senate race

                CEBU CITY - The once moribund political party Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) is generating excitement with what one of its top leaders said was a 2019 senatorial race lineup that could include former sexy performer Mocha Uson, now a rabid supporter and official of the Duterte administration.   During the oath-taking here of new members of the now ruling PDP-Laban, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez rattled off names that he said was the party's probable candidates for the Senate.   Ranting against what he said was the slow work of the Senate, Alvarez introduced wha...Keep on reading: Mocha titillates 2019 Senate race.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

'AskTheTaxWhiz: Will employees benefit from TRAIN?

When will the proposed tax reform bill be passed? When will it be implemented? Given all the investigations and other hearings in the Senate, can they really pass the TRAIN bill? The TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) bill has been certified as a priority bill of the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

Lacson backs Drilon on tax bill amendments

  Sen. Panfilo Lacson has supported the proposal of Minority Leader Sen. Franklin Drilon to make senators present amendments to the proposed 2018 P3.7-trillion national budget on the Senate floor for transparency.   Lacson said there was reason to believe that the Duterte administration's proposed budget next year was riddled with pork barrel funds of congressmen and senators.   He agrees with Drilon's proposal to discuss senators' proposed amendments openly on the floor and not secretly.   According to Lacson, current practice allows senators to submit proposed amendments in writing, which "is not clear and has no transparency."   ...Keep on reading: Lacson backs Drilon on tax bill amendments.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017