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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 | 14 14 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 | 16 16 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 | 19 19 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 | 24 24 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 | 76 76 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 | 111 111 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 | 121 121 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 | 180 180 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 | 229 229 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 | 245 245 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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Just call him untouchable, for now
Well, it appears that while young up-and-comers in the Brooklyn political scene are serious about bringing reform to the notoriously scandal-plagued Kings County Democratic Party, it doesn't look l...
Sep 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Handicapping the races that matter…
Our predictions for how they will finish in Tuesday's primary
Sep 09, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rock the vote!
Or at least do a little jazzy number all over the ballot next week, because it's time to go to the polls again already! Primary Day is on Tuesday, September 14, and Republicans and Democrats – okay...
Sep 07, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vet confusion
Was it just an oversight, or an attempt to deceive the voters? An opponent of John Duane in the race to replace Ann-Margaret Carrozza is crying foul over a recent piece of literature that the Duane...
Sep 07, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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We apologize for throwing your money in the trash
We never actually ran this photo we received from the press office of Queens Borough President Helen Marshall back in June, but you can be sure that we won't be making that costly mistake again. Yo...
Aug 31, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Biviano takes his case straight to big media
Like getting mail? Then you must love it every time an election comes around! You know how we know that State Senator Toby Stavisky is working hard? Because our mailbox tells us so. At least that's...
Aug 17, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Protesters crash street renaming
It's only the beginning of August and things have already started to get ugly in the Corona political world. Or rather, the ugliness of Corona politics is back from its summer break - things have b...
Aug 10, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Working Families or Hardly Working?
Backroom politics over at the Board of Elections...we don't believe it for one minute! But that's exactly what Anthony Como, who is challenging State Senator Joseph Addabbo this November for his se...
Aug 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pol & reporters do a little "Rangel"-ing
Could all of the stress of the ethics probe and pending charges against New York City Congressman Charlie Rangel finally be getting to him? Rangel has been scolding and snapping at reporters like a...
Jul 27, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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This won't be a negative-Frei race
Has civility finally returned to local politics? The race to fill the seat being vacated by Assemblyman Michael Gianaris in Astoria - who is in turn the clear frontrunner to replace the retiring Ge...
Jul 20, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who wants free papers?
You might recall that after taking a brief hiatus from the City Council, Karen Koslowitz was re-elected to represent the Forest Hills district she once repped before term limits forced her out in 2...
Jul 20, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Driscoll says 'so long' to Parkside
Bill Driscoll, the senior founding partner at The Parkside Group, has suddenly parted ways with Evan Stavisky and Harry Gianoulis. Driscoll was considered the most savvy at the political consulting...
Jul 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marty: see you in a few years LeBron!
There were a whole lot of people upset about LeBron James' decision to leave the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat, none more so than the fine people of Cleveland, OH. But King James let down a whole lo...
Jul 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Weiner with catch up on ESPN
We gotten used to seeing Congressman Anthony Weiner all over our television sets as of late. The Brooklyn/Queens representative has become one of the most outspoken members of Congress, and has mos...
Jul 06, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bet you think this Pol Position is about you? It is!
So was it a fundraiser or wasn't it? Well, that depends on who you ask. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney was criticized recently for attending a Carole King and James Taylor "concert" in Washington, D...
Jun 30, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The only clue to a literary treasure trove tucked away in downtown Johannesburg is a fading sign, but behind this door is a fantastic maze containing an estimated 2 million books and prints.
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A hawker prepares a cob of corn at his makeshift shop in SowetoSouth Africa's 2015 maize output fell to its lowest level in eight years after an El Nino-induced drought scorched crops across key planting areas, a government agency said on Thursday. The Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) said in its final figures maize totalled 9.955 million tonnes compared with 14.25 million tonnes a year earlier. The crop, a staple among 90 percent of South Africa's population, is forecast to be slightly above domestic consumption of about 8 million tonnes a year.


2016-02-11 08:41:08 -0500
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is ready to discuss a possible ceasefire in Syria, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday citing Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov. "We are ready to discuss the modalities of a ceasefire in Syria," TASS cited Gatilov as saying. "This is what will be talked about in Munich". Gatilov also said that peace talks could resume before Feb. 25, Interfax reported. (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; writing by Jason Bush)
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