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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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Dear Editor: With much interest, I read the letter by Edward Horn about the effects of technology on society in the May 28th issue. Edward, I am in agreement with you. Technology is a double-edged ...
Jun 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Expand AirTrain
Dear Editor: Following up on a past letter in which I indicated my preference for neither the Queensway nor restoration of the old Rockaway Beach LIRR line as a North-South Queens transportation al...
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lobbyist misses mark
Dear Editor: As a rent-controlled tenant for the past 47 years, I strongly dispute comments made by Rent Stabilization Association President Joseph Strasburg, a powerful lobbying group that wants t...
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Flush TP tax?
Dear Editor: The rationale used by Assemblyman David Weprin to justify his proposed legislation exempting toilet paper from the 8.875 percent sales tax left me puzzled. Weprin claims that "this a q...
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Get out and vote
Dear Editor: Mark Weprin, the councilman in the 23rd District, is resigning his position to work for Governor andrew Cuomo. This district covers many neighborhoods in Queens, such as Bayside Hills,...
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Last letter from Iwo Jima
Dear Editor: "March 5, 1945: Hello Folks, I am still on the Island of Iwo Jima and, before I write anything else, I want to thank God I am still living. We just came back from the front lines today...
May 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fewer tickets, less trash
Dear Editor: I have lived in Maspeth my whole life – 50 years - but I have never wanted to leave this town more than I do right now. Grand Avenue is littered with garbage and NYPD Traffic is over a...
May 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Unfair tickets
Dear Editor: In the middle of the night, the Department of Sanitation is giving tickets out to businesses and nonprofit buildings. This has happened several times. When the businesses and nonprofit...
May 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Drowning in debt
Dear Editor: The national debt has increased over $7 trillion, from $11 trillion to a record $18.2 trillion, over the past seven years under President Barack Obama with very little to show for it. ...
May 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tech talk
Dear Editor: Stephen Hawking announced that artificial intelligence could one day threaten humanity. This has been the premise of the movie series Terminator and countless other films, fiction and ...
May 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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If it ain't broke...
Dear Editor: City Council Speaker Mellissa Mark-Viverito proposes to decriminalize six low-level offenses, including public urination, public consumption of alcohol, and jumping subway turnstiles. ...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jenner confused
Dear Editor:
 The recent Bruce Jenner interview by Diane Sawyer was quite touching. One cannot conceivably understand, let alone feel, the anguish of living in the body of one sex with the mind and...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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To hell with order!
Dear Editor: The proposed decriminalization of open containers of alcoholic beverages and public urination by the leftist loons in the City Council is just another assault upon law and order to pro...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Not all bad in BID
Dear Editor: I am responding to comments regarding the stores on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue. It has been stated that the proliferation of delis, barber shops, nail salons, pharmacies, furniture sto...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Clearing up Briarwood
Dear Editor: In response to Mr. Nicholas Zizelis' letter (“F up or F down?” - Dispatch, April 23) and his apparent myopia, I made it abundantly clear in my letter (“Briarwood Blues in F” - Dispatch...
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 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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