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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 | 116 116 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 | 127 127 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 | 187 187 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 | 235 235 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 | 251 251 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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Another One From the Vault
We were digging through our random archives again the other day, and came across this gem of the recently departed former governor Mario Cuomo delivering what appears to be an important speech in A...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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One of these things is not like the other...
We ran this photo from our archives in last week's issue asking for some help in identifying those in the photo, because while we recognized some of the people, we weren't entirely sure about every...
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Not your average commute
We don't know what your morning commute was like last Thursday morning, but we can guarantee you it wasn't nearly as exciting and eventful as some lucky riders on the R train who found themselves o...
Apr 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Levin is truly the cat's meow
Brooklyn Councilman Steve Levin has become a hero to the animal community after rescuing an adorable cat named Loretta during rush hour on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Levin relayed the story in...
Apr 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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An allt-too familiar sight recently
Last week, we ran this photo from our archives asking for any information about its history. Jeff Gottlieb, president of the Central Queens Historical Association, believes it was taken at the fune...
Jan 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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We guess 3 out of 5 isn't bad!
We dug up this photo from our archives and ran it last week, hoping that maybe some of our readers would be able to help us identify some of the folks in the shot. The person on the far right is, o...
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ladies & gentlemen, we present Irving Newman!
A long-standing mystery that has been plaguing Pol Position may have just been solved! We've been sitting on this picture from the archives for a long, long time, assuming that nobody would be able...
Dec 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend
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Push to draft Vallone for mayor
It looks like former Astoria councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. still has some fans out there who would like to see him back in city politics. On Sunday, a Facebook page suddenly appeared looking to rec...
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 102 102 recommendations | email to a friend
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Run, Bo, run!
We sure hope Bo Dietl makes good on his promise to run against Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017, not necessarily because he makes a solid candidate that can run this city, because he no doubt would be ...
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend
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Can we just get this started already!
The already strange bribery case to get State Senator Malcolm Smith on the ballot in the Republican Primary for mayor that also snared former Queens GOP vice chairman Vince Tabone and former counci...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend
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Working together, but on what?
We here at Pol Position, perhaps feeling a little sluggish from all of that holiday cheer over the past few days, dug back into our archives to come up with this gem of a shot. There's quite a few ...
Dec 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dems battle it out on the court for charity
Time to put some young whipper-snappers in their places! The Queens County Young Democrats challenged some borough elected officials to a charity basketball game at Resurrection-Ascension Church in...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend
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A meeting of the minds at borough hall
We didn't receive nearly as many responses to this week's request to help us identify the people in the mystery photo from our archives, but we did get a few responses from people whose history in ...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
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A little too close for comfort
With several statewide races and all of the talk of the huge Republican gains across the state and country last Tuesday night, a race in south Queens that was closer than we could have predicted is...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
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A dying beast or a rising giant?
Depends on who you ask
Oct 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 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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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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Egyptian doctors stage a protest against rampant police abuses, after two doctors were beaten up by policemen in a Cairo hospital, in front of their headquarters of the Egyptian Medical Syndicate in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Doctors threatened to escalate if the government doesn’t hold police accountable for abuses. Attendees chanted “strike” and raised banners read, “Doctors’ Dignity.” (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Egypt's doctors staged a rare protest against police abuses after accusations two doctors were beaten up by policemen in a Cairo hospital. The doctors' union also voted to offer free services in public hospitals and to call a partial strike in two weeks time unless the officers involved are held accountable, measures are taken to protect medics from police intimidation and the health minister submits his resignation.


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