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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 | 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 | 17 17 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 | 21 21 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 | 108 108 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 | 177 177 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...

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Time for accountability in Benghazi attack
Dear Editor: If an investigation of the Benghazi attack should reveal that there were members of the Obama administration, including the president himself, knew what really happened, then all of th...
May 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another one bites the dust
Dear Editor: State Senator John Sampson was just arrested for embezzling $440,000 and now joins a long list of elected officials who think they are above the law. These men and women in government ...
May 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nursing Home Week
Dear Editor: National Nursing Home Week, which began on Mother’s Day and ends May 18, is a special week to recognize “Team Care: Everyone Pitches In!” Today’s skilled nursing care facilities (a.k.a...
May 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guns don't belong in hands of kids
Dear Editor: A recent front page photo in the Daily News spotlights the NRA's total insanity. The gun nut showing his young daughter how to fire an AR-15 assault rifle at the NRA's convention shoul...
May 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
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Connecticut loss is a Texas gain
Dear Editor: In the May 9th issue there was a letter from Kimberly Lee hailing the state of Connecticut for the departure of gun manufacturer Colt to Texas. The AR-15 may not be popular in the Cons...
May 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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No soccer stadium!
Dear Editor: Flushing Meadows Corona Park is very important to the people of Queens. With many acres of grass and trees, it is a place where thousands of people come every day to relax and enjoy th...
May 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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The library needs you
Dear Editor: The city’s Executive Budget has been released. It proposes a cut to Queens Library of $29.6 million, part of a proposed cut to libraries citywide of $100 million. If that proposal were...
May 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sign of resilience
Dear Editor: The terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 and destroyed the World Trade Center thought they could knock us out, but we're back on top with the final piece on top of One World Trade center...
May 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Colt bolts for Texas
Dear Editor: Three cheers for Connecticut! Colt, the manufacturer of the AR-15, is packing up its wares. They are leaving the Constitution State and Governor Dannel Malloy for the Lone Star State a...
May 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Raising smoking age will do little good
Dear Editor: "Waiting to inhale? Here we go again" (In Our Opinion - April 25) will only result in increasing the growth of street corner cigarette sales known as "loosies." Consumption of tobacco ...
May 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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No parking for public housing tenants

Dear Editor: 
New York City Housing Authority tenants are screaming about a hike in parking fees, Here's some advice: shut up and chill out. How do you qualify for public housing if you own a car?...
May 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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NRA more important than the public
Dear Editor: Like The National Rifle Association, many parts of the legislative body are driven by money and power. It does not seem to matter in these modern times the damage all are causing on ou...
May 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Let's keep Northern clean
Dear Editor: On the northeast corner of Northern Blvd. and the Clearview Expressway in Bayside is a green area where the Soldier’s Monument proudly stands. The monument commemorates the sacrifices ...
May 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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MTA needs more Rockaway buses
Dear Editor: The A train has been out of service since Superstorm Sandy devastated many areas of the Rockaways. So I’ve been taking the Q52 bus to get home. Based on my observations from waiting fo...
Apr 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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More guns won't stop the violence
Dear Editor: The idea of solving violence committed with firearms by increasing the amount of firearms is as idiotic as offering a drowning man a glass of water to relieve his thirst. The NRA's Way...
Apr 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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An ambulance proceeds through the Narrows roadblock near Burns, Ore., as FBI agents have surrounded the remaining four occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, on Wednesday, Feb.10, 2016. The four are the last remnants of an armed group that seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 2 to oppose federal land-use policies. (Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian via AP)The four armed activists who on Wednesday night were surrounded by the FBI at a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon have remained on the site despite the arrests of group leader Ammon Bundy and others Jan. 26 on a remote road outside the refuge. The tense standoff between the FBI and the four occupiers was being livestreamed on the Internet. Late Wednesday the occupiers said they would turn themselves in Thursday morning.


2016-02-11 01:40:00 -0500

Oregon State Police monitor a checkpoint on Highway 78 approximately 4 miles from the Malheur Wildlife Refuge Headquarters near Burns, Oregon on January 28, 2016The FBI has surrounded the last four demonstrators holed up in a weeks-long armed siege at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, US authorities said. Negotiations between the occupiers and the FBI were ongoing and no shots had been fired, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said, on the 40th day of the standoff. The siege at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge began on January 2 when protest leader Ammon Bundy and 30 armed followers, most of them from other US states, took over the site to demonstrate against federal land policies.


2016-02-11 01:26:30 -0500
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The powerful agency that manages development on California's coastline fired its executive Wednesday after a lengthy and, at times, emotionally charged meeting that veered from accusations about the influence of developers and lobbyists to discussions on the mundane inner workings of government.
2016-02-11 01:16:13 -0500