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What About Your Rights as an Employer to Monitor an Employee’s Social Media Accounts?
Feb 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
While in some states employers are able to establish company policies that limit what employees can post about employers, New York’s laws protect the employee’s privacy rights. First of all, New Yo...
Is It Legal to Monitor Your Employees’ Phone Calls?
Feb 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
As an employer, you may wonder where to draw the lines as far as monitoring employees’ phone calls at work. Certainly for quality control purposes, it makes sense to monitor calls with customers or...
What to Do When You Have Been Hurt at Work
Feb 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Under the laws of New York, if you have been hurt on the job, you have a right to seek benefits under the state’s workers’ compensation system. The program is what has been commonly referred to as ...
Minor Repairs and Improvements that Make all the Difference in Queens
Feb 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
   by George Herrera , Realtor & Co-Owner of the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty .   Whenever we meet with Homeowners who are thinking of selling, we usually give them some homework befo...
Queens Real Estate Market: 2015 Year in Review
Jan 31, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
   by George Herrera , Realtor & Co-Owner of the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty   Queens Real Estate Market 2015 Year in Review Welcome to our first edition of the “Queens Real Estate M...
Can You Ask Employees to Undergo Medical Screening and Ask About Medical History?
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 115 115 recommendations | email to a friend
New York Employment Defense Attorney talks about Non Discrimination Act Knowing what you can ask and must not ask employees or job applicants is vital for businesses. With all the information avail...
Should you Sell a Property with or without Tenants?
Jan 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 126 126 recommendations | email to a friend
   by George Herrera , Realtor & Co-Owner of the Queens Home team at Keller Williams Realty So you own a rental or investment property in Queens and you’ve determined that now is the right time to ...
What Does the 2016 Minimum Wage Hike Mean for You as an Employer?
Jan 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 186 186 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans A minimum wage increase of $8.75 to $9.00 went into effect in New York on December 31, 2015. For employers, it obviously means you must pay higher wages to all employees who...
Business Law: Corporations VS. Partnerships VS. Sole Proprietorship
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 234 234 recommendations | email to a friend
There are various types of business organizations: corporations, general partnerships and sole proprietorships. These business organizations have their own legal requirements so they can also be co...
Press Agents—Foot Soldiers in Celebrity Divorce Wars
Jan 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 250 250 recommendations | email to a friend
by Chris Palermo | Dec 31, 2015 | Chris Palermo Blog , divorce , PTB Blog How Celebrities Win and Lose at Divorce For regular folks, divorce is mostly won or lost in the courtroom, or in legal proc...

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Where's the money?
Dear Editor, There is more to Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will increase rehabilitation for subway stations to a state of good repair by 10, o...
Jan 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Homegrown terror
Dear Editor, Is everyone aware of the terrorists that took over the buildings and property of the National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon? They call themselves "militia," but don't be fooled, they are t...
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Gun nuts
Dear Editor, Have you been involuntarily committed to a mental institution, and now that you're out want to buy a firearm without going through a background check? Well, you can't. Unless you were ...
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Library to reopen
Dear Editor, The wheel that squeaks the loudest gets the most grease is an old adage that's still true. My constant nagging about the status of Kew Gardens Hills' long-closed Kew Gardens Hills libr...
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Bomb Disney?
Dear Editor, Thirty percent of Republican primary voters want the United States to bomb the city of Agrabah. There is just one problem: it's a fictional city from Aladdin. Sincerely, S.J. Frimer Fo...
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Subway milestone
Dear Editor, January 9 marks the 109th anniversary of the subway system connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan. The original subway systems were constructed and managed by the private sector with no gove...
Jan 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Permanent solution
Dear Editor, Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to house the homeless at Creedmoor has been unofficially been dropped. My wife and I live a few blocks from Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Vill...
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RIP Mrs. Melody
Dear Editor, The New Year is sadly marked by the departure of Mrs. Melody, Natalie Cole, the "Unforgettable" Grammy-winning singer of the duet with her late father, Nat "King" Cole, and his legacy ...
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Go meatless in 2016
Dear Editor, Must we really resolve to improve our diets or exercise routines in the New Year in order to increase longevity or improve quality of life? Unfortunately, gun violence and traffic acci...
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Failing banks
Dear Editor, It seems that banks are becoming less and less personal when dealing with their customers. In my bank, there are never more than three tellers on duty and sometimes the lines are quite...
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Madcap motorists
Dear Editor, It seems that motorists are not cognizant of the things that are going on around them. When you come to a stop sign, you are supposed to come to a full stop before the crosswalk, not h...
Dec 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ban pit bulls
Dear Editor: Having witnessed a pit bull kill another smaller dog when merely approached, and having read about some of the statistics, I am advising any apartment building owner or residential co-...
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Retirees vote
Dear Editor, With the upcoming 2016 presidential and congressional elections fast approaching, it is critical that federal candidates remember seniors and focus on our crucial issue of retirement e...
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Balmy holidays
Dear Editor, With Christmas right around the corner, I've noticed the letters from global warming deniers have stopped appearing in the various newspapers. I guess they're too busy shoveling the in...
Dec 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Friend to farmers
Dear Editor, I am pleased to announce that New York Farm Bureau has named Assemblyman David Weprin to our annual "Circle of Friends" list. This legislative award is based upon his record of legisla...
Dec 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Farmers clash with riot police during a protest outside Agriculture ministry in Athens, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Farmers from across Greece have begun gathering in Athens for a two-day protest against the government and its plans to impose new tax hikes and pension charges. Bailout lenders are demanding that Greece scrap tax breaks for farmers and impose pension reforms that will lead to higher monthly contributions from the self employed and salaried employees. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek farmers wielding shepherd's staffs and throwing rocks clashed Friday with riot police in central Athens during a two-day protest against the government's plans to impose new tax hikes and overhaul the pension system. Riot police used tear gas to repel them.


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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attend a news conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Talks aimed at narrowing differences over Syria and keeping afloat diplomacy to end its civil war have gotten under way in Munich. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):


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Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi attends a ceremony marking the return of the transitional government in OuagadougouThe first round of Benin's presidential election has been postponed by a week to March 6 because of problems with the distribution of voting materials, the constitutional court said late on Thursday. The constitutional court added in its decision that if this year's voter cards were not available for some people they could use those from polls in 2015. Incumbent president Thomas Boni Yayi is barred by constitutional limits from seeking another term and is not running for re-election.


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