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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 | 21 21 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 | 23 23 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 | 26 26 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 | 30 30 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 | 83 83 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 | 117 117 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 | 128 128 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 | 188 188 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 | 236 236 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 | 252 252 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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Only in New York State politics
There's a lot of reasons to delay a federal corruption trial; the accused hasn't had sufficient time to mount a defense, a key witness is unavailable, health reasons. But only in New York City woul...
Mar 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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Avella breaks from Senate Dems
Some people aren't too happy about State Senator Tony Avella's decision to join a breakaway group of Senate Democrats who conference with the Republican Party. Avella announced last week that he wa...
Mar 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pol puts pressure on library head to quit
The water was already starting to get hot for beleaguered Queens Library President Thomas Galante after news broke that he made close to $400,000 a year, had a private smoking deck added to his off...
Feb 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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Some City Council committee meetings could get a little awkward
Long before Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito was elected speaker of the City Council, she was known as that woman who wouldn't recite the Pledge of Allegiance before council meetings. That didn't...
Feb 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Time for the speaker to pay up
To the victors go the spoils! That was never more true than last week in the City Council, when committee posts were announced. Chairing a powerful committee comes not only with influence, but a ni...
Jan 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ex-pol finds it hard to leave la vida ‘Liu’-ca
It appears John Liu is having a hard time giving up the busy public schedule he had while he was in public office. Liu was known for keeping up an insane schedule of public appearances, often begin...
Jan 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
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So long, it’s been good to...know you?
Former chief of staff Alexandra Rosa was the only veteran of Queens Borough Hall to exit with the departure of Helen Marshall and the entrance of new borough president Melinda Katz. Dan Andrews, wh...
Jan 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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Working hard or hardly working?
On Thursday afternoon, the new First Lady of NYC, Chirlane McCray, tweeted out a photo of a shovel and said she knew what son Dante was going to be doing if there was no school on Friday. But then ...
Jan 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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Legislative Acts
Queens elected officials past and present took to the stage at Queens College this past Saturday night for the annual Legislative Acts, a variety show-style set of performances. It's quite possibly...
Nov 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens vs. Bronx in political pigskin
We love when our elected officials duke it out. We like it even better when they do it on the football field! Queens and Bronx elected officials took to the gridiron last weekend in the first ever ...
Oct 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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Graziano endorses Vallone opponent
Paul Vallone certainly didn't make many friends among his fellow candidates in the Democratic Primary for the 19th Council District in northeast Queens, but he was willing to try. “We look forward ...
Oct 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens deserves a beep with 100 percent focus
The candidates for Queens borough president are fighting over one percent. Not one percent of the vote, mind you, but the “one percent” that members of Occupy Wall Street were so concerned about. M...
Oct 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sandinistas, Goldwater...is this the 2013 race for mayor?
The race for New York City mayor is starting to take on some pretty lofty political agendas beyond whether so-and-so supported extending term limits or not. Republican candidate Joe Lhota has been ...
Oct 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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Support is better late than never
This had to be a tough decision for the Queens County Democratic Party! On the steps of Borough Hall Monday, party leaders announced that Queens Democrats would officially be supporting in the upco...
Sep 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thompson: the runoff is off
So the 2013 primaries came and went and the winners were...well, in some cases we still don't know yet a week later. In the end, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio will be the Democratic nominee for ma...
Sep 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he would keep "fighting terrorism" while peace talks took place and saw a risk of Saudi and Turkish intervention in the Syrian conflict, according to an interview with news agency AFP published on Friday. Assad said he would retake the whole country, but that this could take a long time, according to excerpts of the interview published on AFP's website. The interview, which AFP said was Assad's first in about two months, took place in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Thursday before the conclusion of talks in Munich where major powers agreed to a ceasefire in Syria to begin in a week.
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Passengers from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, await transportation after arriving at Cape Liberty cruise port, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Bayonne, N.J. Carrying 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members, the ship returned early from a seven-day cruise to the Bahamas after it was battered by a major storm in the Atlantic Ocean. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — The Coast Guard on Friday inspected a cruise ship that was battered and damaged by an intense winter storm to determine if it will be able to set sail as scheduled on a weekend voyage.


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By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura is very keen to hold a new round of peace talks after big powers agreed on a "cessation of hostilities", a U.N. spokesman said on Friday, but plans to reconvene the negotiations were still "cloudy". De Mistura abruptly suspended a first round of talks on Feb. 3, saying there was more work to be done by the big powers sponsoring the talks between the Syrian sides, but he hoped to bring them back to the table in Geneva by Feb. 25. The big powers, led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, struck a deal in Munich early on Friday to start to bring an end to hostilities in a week and to provide rapid humanitarian access to a handful of besieged Syrian towns as a first step.
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