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“How to Pass the Bar Exams” by Atty. Elvin Villanueva

LVS "How to Pass the Bar Exams"The Philippine bar exams are a notoriously difficult licensing requirement that must be completed in 4 consecutive Sundays in September each year.  The mortality rate is high as the average numbers of examinees that make it comprise a mere 15 to 19% annually. 

Lawyer and author Elvin Villanueva brings us another great guide for law students and graduates who are planning to take the Philippine bar exams.  Preparation, focus, mental stamina and a good memory are just some of the essential elements of passing the bar exams and Elvin Villanueva reveals his technique that enabled him to hurdle the bar while maintaining a job as HR executive.

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What Every Overseas Filipino Worker Must Know: “Gabay sa Karapatan ng OFW” by Atty. Elvin Villanueva


This work focuses on the fundamental information that every OFW  should know.

With this guide, OFWs can get a clearer understanding of basic issues such as:

  • placement fee,
  • repatriation expenses,
  • labor offices abroad and
  • illegal recruitment.

Early chapters deal with the organizational structures of POEA, OWWA and other government agencies so you’ll know  know how to use these offices when enforcing your rights. 

Labor laws

Knowing the officers involved in addressing OFW’s concerns is the foundation of understanding them. Labor legislations involving overseas workers are also discussed such as the recent Migrant Workers’ Act which highlights the amount to be paid to an illegally dismissed employee.


Learn how to file cases against employers or agencies. This book teaches you the step-by-step process in enforcing claims starting with filing of complaint, mandatory conferences, filing of position paper, etc.

Solidary liability of foreign employer

Another interesting discussion is on the solidary liability of foreign employer and the local agency. In case of illegal dismissal of an OFW, who shall be liable for backwages and damages? Likewise, is the OFW a regular employee? These are interesting questions that are clearly answered in this book.

Other topics include:

  •  large-scale illegal recruitment,
  • illegal recruitment by syndicates,
  • bilateral labor agreements,
  • mandatory remittance system,
  • VISA, passport and documentation
  • OFW claims for disability and
  • death claims.

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Author:  Atty. Elvin Villanueva

Price:  Php 395

Form: Paperback

Ideal for: OFWs, those who intend to go abroad for employment, and relatives of OFWs.

Availability:  National Book Store, Fully Booked and online.

“Gabay Sa Mga Karapatan ng Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW)” by Atty. Elvin Villanueva

Book Title:  “Gabay sa Mga Karapatan ng Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW)”

Author:  Atty. Elvin Villanueva

Date of Publication:  June 2010


Para sa isang itinuturing na bagong bayani ng bansa, nararapat lamang na napapangalagaan ang kapakanan ng mga OFW. Ang ganitong pananaw ay tumpak lamang sa teoriya at tila hindi sa katotohanan.

 Napakaraming insidente ng pang-aabuso, pagmamaltrato at pananakit ang nararanasan ng libu-libong OFW sa iba’t-ibang bansa. Makikitang hindi pa sapat ang proteksyon na nakukuha ng mga ito para sa kanilang mga karapatan. Marahil napakahirap magbigay ng agarang pag-alalay dahil sa layo ng lugar sa mga ahensya ng pamahalaan.

 Kung kaya ang isang OFW ay namulat na nakikibaka para sa kanyang karapatan ng solo. Ang adhikain ng aklat na ito ay upang makapagbigay ng mga kailangang impormasyon upang ipaunawa sa mga manggagawa ang kanilang mga karapatan at mga dapat gawin sa isang sitwasyon.

 Hindi man ito ang lubos na kasagutan sa mga suliraning pang-OFW, ito ay magsisilbing gabay na maaring magturo sa tamang paraan na dapat gawin ng isang OFW. Ang mga bagay tungkol sa placement fee, illegal recruitment, PDOS, mga tungkulin ng POEA, POLO, Embahada, recuitment agencies, Bilateral Labor Agreements at iba pa ay tinatalakay rito.

 Mga bagay-bagay tungkol sa remittance, migrant worker’s day, absentee voting, pagsampa ng reklamo sa mapang-abusong employer at agency, at mga kahilingan tungkol sa disability, sickness at iba pa ay mababasa rin sa aklat.

 Alam ng lahat na karamihan sa mga kababayan natin ay hindi nais na mawalay sa kanilang mga mahal sa buhay. Subalit sila ay tinulak ng kapalaran upang magsikap para mapaganda ang kinabukasan ng pamilya sa Pilipinas. Dapat lamang na sila ay makahanap ng kaagapay sa kanilang pakikibaka sa ibang bansa.

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“Guide on Employee Compensation and Benefits Vol. Two” by Atty. Elvin Villanueva


Book Title: Guide on Employee Compensation and Benefits (Volume 2)

Author: Atty. Elvin Villanueva

Year of Publication:  2010



Just how much should the company give as bonus? Just how many months of bonus should the company give without violating the law? If the company pays Christmas Bonus is it still required to pay 13th month pay? How about 14th and 15th month pay, should the company pay them also?

These are some of the perplexing questions that a typical HR practitioner encounters in his work. Most often, it is resolved in favor of the employees resulting in increased manpower cost on the part of the company.

The rules on 13th month pay and Christmas Bonus are discussed in this book. When to pay them and when not to are explained using the law and jurisprudence. Companies are not required to pay 14th, 15th month pay, and so forth, unless they are stipulated already in the CBA or any contract for that matter. But they are not legally mandated benefits.

How about productivity incentive bonuses, signing bonus, etc.? This book also offers explanation why some should be paid and the rest should not be.

Then comes the issue on leaves. Question like is there such thing as vacation leave in the Labor Code? Why can’t I find it? There is none because the Labor Code only provides for service incentive leave. There are other leave benefits discussed in this work like paternal, paternity and for women who are victims of violence.

This book also deals with issues on

  • employee cash bonds, deposits
  • authorized deductions
  • the rules on employee compensation for disability, sickness, etc.

Price:  Php 528.00 PLUS shipping costs.

“Guide on Employee Compensation and Benefits Volume One” by Atty. Elvin Villanueva

Book Title:  Guide on Employee Compensation and Benefits Volume 1″

Author: Atty. Elvin Villanueva

Year of Publication:  2010


Consider the following scenarios: Company A underpays its employees because it is not aware of the salaries and benefits mandated by law. Then its employees file a complaint for underpayment or nonpayment of benefits.

Company B overpays its 2,000 employees by Php1,000.00 each in terms of benefits or salaries. Upon realizing its mistakes, it removes said salaries and benefits. Then its employees file a complaint for violating the rule on non-diminution or non-elimination of benefits.

In both cases, the companies would be forced to face the headaches of litigation.

Knowing the basics of employee compensation and benefits will go a long way in terms of paying employees of their services. It will guide employers on the minimum terms of engagement so that it pays within the sphere of legal amount and does not overpay by mistake.

This book provides the guidelines, jurisprudence, and even sample computations on some critical aspects of compensation like overtime, night-shift differential, holiday pay, etc. For example, how to calculate the daily rate if the employee works on a holiday, renders overtime, falling on night differential period and at a time where it is also his rest day? The book shows how.

It shows the solutions to situations in salary administration involving minimum wage and legally mandated benefits. The aim of this work is to promote payment of correct salaries and benefits to the best assets of the company while at the same time preserving the reason for being of any business: that is, derive profits.

Price:  Php 568.00


“Guide to Valid Dismissal of Employees” by Atty. Elvin Villanueva

 Book Title:  Guide to Valid Dismissal of Employees

AuthorAtty Elvin Villanueva

Year Published:  2010


For a company, it is only a matter of time before one of its employees files an illegal dismissal complaint against it. When it happens, it could bring serious drain of resources.

 Defending a company from an illegal dismissal case requires careful preparation due to pro-labor presumptions by law. Raising a good defense requires adequate knowledge on the basics of employee dismissal.

 This is where this book comes in, to equip HR practitioners and employees of the ways to validly dismiss the workers. The defense actually begins prior to dismissing an employee not during or after.

 In a nutshell, to dismiss an erring employee requires just cause or grounds for dismissal found in Article 282 of the Labor Code. If the reason for the removal of the employee is retrenchment, redundancy, etc., the basis for termination is found in Article 283. If due to disease, it is Article 284.

 Second, it is not enough that there are justifications for dismissal. There must be due process also or the notice and hearing.           

 The book shows certain pitfalls that must be avoided in dismissing or terminating an employee to prevent payment of backwages and moral damages. Ultimately, it helps HR Practitioners decide whether or not to dismiss a worker.

 In the first place, the triggering factor of an illegal dismissal case is the dismissal of the employee itself. At the end of the day, this book teaches that if the company cannot dismiss the employee validly, it should not dismiss him at all.

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