blog roll
our featured bloggers
What About Your Rights as an Employer to Monitor an Employee’s Social Media Accounts?
Feb 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 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 | 12 12 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 | 16 16 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 | 20 20 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 | 73 73 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 | 107 107 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 | 117 117 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 | 176 176 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 | 227 227 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 | 242 242 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...

more blogs

letters
Wrong choice II
Dear Editor: As a Vietnam-era veteran who has been a resident of Queens for 36 years, and prior to that was born and raised in the Bronx, I can't believe the City Council would choose Melissa Mark-...
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Ban fraternities
Dear Editor: The hazing ordeal that killed a 19-year-old Baruch College freshman raises an alarm. A CUNY spokesman said "We have zero tolerance for hazing." Really? Than why does CUNY tolerate the ...
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Thanks for the 12 years
Dear Editor: Mayor Michael Bloomberg is coming to the end of his term in office. He has served 12 years and his administration has had many ups and downs. But one thing is certain, he truly loved t...
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Support small biz
Dear Editor: "A bit of good news for small business" (In Our Opinion - December 12) should be continued the other 364 days a year beyond our Annual National Small Business Day held on the Saturday ...
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Freedom from choice
Dear Editor: Defending and debating the virtues of liberty and freedom in a world of entitlements, welfare and redistribution of wealth is an exercise in futility. Either knowingly or unwittingly, ...
Dec 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
History corrected
Dear Editor: I read in your This Day in History last week that "On this date the pope crowned Napoleon emperor.” Sorry folks, not true! That was supposed to happen, but the little man took the crow...
Dec 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Parents need access to child's social media
Dear Editor: Social media websites do not do enough to provide parents with the resources needed to monitor their child’s activities. Anything could happen to children on these sites, ranging from ...
Dec 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Give de Blasio a chance(llor)
Dear Editor: Bill de Blasio is being blasted for saying that his selection of schools chancellor will not be a "beauty contest.” What's the big deal? Why suspect the worst motives? By no means does...
Dec 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Kudos for work on airplane noise
Dear Editor: As a Queens resident who has had to deal with increased airplane noise in our borough, I’m writing to commend our local elected officials, specifically Congress members Steve Israel an...
Dec 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 99 99 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
School vote disappointing
Dear Editor: How disappointing to learn that the City Council recently passed legislation to purchase the Keil Brothers Garden Center Business in Bayside for construction of a new school. Establish...
Dec 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
The only good plan
Dear Editor: Reusing the former LIRR Queens Rockaway Beach Line (RBL) for transportation is the best plan. It will reunite north and south Queens and decrease travel times and increase investments ...
Dec 11, 2013 | 3 3 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Support wind
Dear Editor: This Thanksgiving, New York’s wind energy has given us a lot to be grateful for. A new report by Environment New York, “Wind Power for a Cleaner America,” shows that wind energy in New...
Dec 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 102 102 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
CPR in schools
Dear Editor: Cardiac arrest kills more than 360,000 people in our country every year. In 2001, my husband was one of them. Joel Drillings was only 56 years old when he died from cardiac arrest at h...
Dec 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 99 99 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
A Prize for DOE
Dear Editor: Posting on their website the answers to an exam that students hadn't taken yet and being defensive about it while still demanding that the job security of teachers be linked to the wor...
Dec 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Help the homeless
Dear Editor: New York City's homeless problem has increased, especially among families, which I find most sad indeed. The shelter population has reached record levels not seen since the Great Depre...
Dec 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
national news

FBI agents man the entry to the Burns Municipal Airport in Burns, OregonBy Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Federal agents on Wednesday closed in on the last four anti-government militants still holed up at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon after a 40-day armed occupation protesting federal land control in the West. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said no shots have been fired and that negotiations to end the standoff without violence were continuing as the FBI escalated pressure on the protesters refusing to leave the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in remote eastern Oregon. It was not immediately clear how much further law enforcement officers would go in the latest confrontation, which the FBI said began after one of the protesters was seen riding an all-terrain vehicle outside the encampment.


2016-02-10 23:46:19 -0500

South Korean amy soldiers walk on Unification Bridge, which leads to the demilitarized zone, near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)PAJU, South Korea (AP) — South Korean workers on Thursday began shutting down a jointly run industrial park in North Korea, a move that will end, at least temporarily, the Koreas' last major cooperation project as punishment over Pyongyang's recent rocket launch.


2016-02-10 23:20:14 -0500

FILE -In a Jan. 28, 2016 file photo, an officer with the Oregon State Police moves a cone to establish a roadblock along one of the routes to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Ore. The FBI said Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, that it has moved to contain the last few occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge who were part of a protest that began more than a month ago over federal land policy. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDITPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The FBI surrounded the last four occupiers of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon on Wednesday night as the holdouts argued with a negotiator and yelled at law enforcement officers in armored vehicles to back off.


2016-02-10 23:12:05 -0500