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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 | 12 12 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 | 14 14 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 | 18 18 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 | 118 118 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 | 178 178 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 | 243 243 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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Beware radon
Dear Editor: November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and while most are aware that smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, not everyone recognizes that prolonged exposure to radon gas is the ...
Nov 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
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The end game
Dear Editor: It has become abundantly clear to me the real plan behind the Obamacare scheme. Under this confused “system,” the rich will still have the best medical care money can buy. The poor's m...
Nov 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 102 102 recommendations | email to a friend
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Remembering Marjorie
Dear Editor: My good friend Marjorie Ferrigno passed away on November 14. A founding member of the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association, she was an indefatigable advocate for city landmark desi...
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Preserve a lifeline for Queens seniors
Dear Editor: Queens has a rapidly growing elderly population facing severe problems, such as mental illness. Fortunately, there's a place where many troubled seniors get help: Club Pride in Douglas...
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Commander-in-Thief
Dear Editor: Obama set off the White House sprinkler system when his pants caught fire, after delivering the biggest presidential lie ("You can keep your current healthcare coverage") since Richard...
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50 years later
As the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination approaches, one can only wonder what history would have been like had this horrific event never occurred. Kennedy was a man with...
Nov 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
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Students vs. fracking
Dear Editor: Hydraulic-fracturing, also known as fracking, is a relatively new process of natural gas drilling, and it's raising eyebrows on weather it's safe for our environment, especially the qu...
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Peaceful days ahead
Dear Editor: Public Advocate Bill de Blasio won the election for mayor by an overwhelming margin because his opponent took the identical progressive position on social issues, such as abortion and ...
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A new Clinton in 2016
Dear Editor: Chelsea Clinton's recent photo ops as part of her so-called volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity are nothing more than a public relations campaign laying the groundwork for a futur...
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Time to settle up with the unions
Dear Editor: Now that we have elected a new mayor, congratulations are in order. We fervently hope that Mayor Bill de Blasio will be able to accomplish much during his term in office. All New Yorke...
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Sayonara, New York City
Dear Editor: In view of the election of Bill de Blasio as mayor of New York City, I have one suggestion for all the municipal labor unions who endorsed this moribund liberal: strike on January 1, 2...
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Hire a professional educator to head DOE
Dear Editor: A first step towards redeeming the damage done to our educational system under Michael Bloomberg would be for mayor-elect Bill de DeBlasio to appoint a veteran classroom teacher to hea...
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Life is good
Dear Editor: Those of us in the know already moved to neighborhoods in northeast Queens long before reading the recent Real Estate Board of New York report that showed significant increases in home...
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Too much security
Dear Editor: The National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting data on all Americans since it was created by a directive by President Harry S. Truman. It is one of 16 intelligence agencies of ...
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Multicultural madness
Dear Editor: When voters go to the polls on Nov. 5, they'll face large ballots printed in tiny six-point type. One reason: a requirement that ballots be printed in six languages, including Bengali....
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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)BURNS, Ore. (AP) — An occupation by armed protesters of a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon started out with demands that two jailed ranchers be freed and that the federal government relinquish 300 square miles to local control for ranching, mining, logging and other uses. It has stretched on for more than a month.


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Three SUV 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)BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday morning after the FBI surrounded them and they yelled at law enforcement officers in armored vehicles to back off and prayed with supporters over an open phone line.


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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.


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