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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 | 15 15 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 | 17 17 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 | 20 20 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 | 25 25 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 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 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 | 112 112 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 | 122 122 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 | 181 181 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 | 231 231 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 | 246 246 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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South Africa's President Zuma attends the opening ceremony of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis AbabaBy Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African police fired stun grenades on Thursday to disperse crowds outside parliament, hours before the annual state-of-the-nation speech by President Jacob Zuma, whom the opposition accuse of mismanaging the flagging economy. Backed by several armoured vehicles, mounted police and a water cannon, police scuffled with protesters outside the assembly as opposition supporters clashed with Zuma supporters. Zuma's speech is expected to highlight policies to revive a flagging economy, hampered by years of weak growth, at a time the president is under fire over a taxpayer-funded 250 million (then $23 million) upgrade to his private home.


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Former Chad President Habre raises his fist in air as he leaves court in Dakar, SenegalBy Makini Brice DAKAR (Reuters) - Chad's former ruler Hissene Habre faces a three-month wait to learn his fate after a landmark human rights trial in Senegal at which victims gave harrowing accounts of arbitrary detention, torture and prisoners being forced to dig mass graves. Defence lawyers were addressing the court on Thursday, and the three judges are expected to rule in May. Habre ruled from 1982 to 1990, when he fled into exile in Senegal. Two years later, a truth commission in Chad said 40,000 acts of political murder and torture occurred during his tenure, mostly by his feared Documentation and Security Directorate.


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U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks at a news conference during a NATO Defence Ministers meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in BrusselsBy Phil Stewart and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States pressed allies on Thursday to contribute more to a U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State that it says must be accelerated, regardless of the fate of diplomatic efforts to end Syria's civil war. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter started talks on Thursday in Brussels with more than two dozen defense ministers, including from key ally Saudi Arabia, which renewed its offer potentially to send troops into Syria.


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