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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 | 19 19 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 | 21 21 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 | 24 24 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 | 28 28 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 | 81 81 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 | 115 115 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 | 126 126 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 | 186 186 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 | 234 234 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 | 250 250 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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Has the fallout begun?
A candidate in the crowded Democratic Primary to replace Grace Meng in the Assembly recently stopped by our offices and told us something interesting. The candidate said that it was getting harder ...
Sep 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don’t talk about Bob Dole like that!
By the time you finally get around to reading this, it’s likely that the Democratic and Republican primaries will have already come to an end. This was a lively roster of candidates and races this ...
Sep 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who doesn’t like a good party?
State Senator Malcolm Smith sure is being tight-lipped about all of this sneaking around he is doing with New York City Republicans and the speculation that he might be running on the GOP line come...
Aug 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don’t call it a retirement!
We here at Pol Position were hosting our usual Thursday evening “Get to Know Ya” Night Train Express-tini office cocktail party in our basement office, when lo and behold a fresh-faced newshound wh...
Aug 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hey, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!
At least that’s the attitude that former Mayor Ed Koch has adopted. On Monday, he formally endorsed Assemblywoman Grace Meng in her bid to replace outgoing congressman Gary Ackerman. Meng is being ...
Aug 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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Restler gets some big-time support
Just what the hell is Lincoln Restler running for again? If you didn’t know any better, you would think it was for mayor or even borough president given how ardently he is campaigning for an unpaid...
Jul 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Malcom Smith for mayor?
Well, this is coming from out of left field. Apparently, Queens State Senator Malcolm Smith is considering tossing his hat into the 2013 race for mayor, meeting with consultants and political advis...
Jul 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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What’s in a tweet anyway?
At most we’re talking 140 characters, but sometimes a simple tweet can cause a lot of commotion. Take for example the case of an alert newshound around the office, who last week noticed an interest...
Jul 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keeping it in the family
They say all politics is local, but what happens when it also becomes familial? If you follow local politics, by now you've probably heard about the heat that Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley took fo...
Jul 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Too grumpy to run for office?
Word came down last week from the Queens County Republican Party that they are backing Manny Caruana, a Maspeth activist, to run for the State Assembly seat in the 30th District against 14-year inc...
Jul 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Everybody was there...well, almost everybody
If you are anybody in the North Brooklyn community, then there was no way that you were missing the re-opening ceremony of the newly renovated McCarren Pool last week. Sure, the temperatures were i...
Jul 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jung burning the midnight oil
You have got to earn that district leader spot! Nobody can accuse S.J. Jung of not working to get on the ballot. A member of the Pol Position staff spotted Jung at about 9 p.m. on a Friday night ca...
Jul 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens GOP is running against itself
It looks like State Senator Joseph Addabbo won't be the only opponent Councilman Eric Ulrich has this year. Ulrich,a Republican, recently announced that he would be challenging Addabbo, a Democrat ...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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On the cover of Rolling Stone...almost
And here we thought State Senator Daniel Squadron was just your average run-of-the-mill representative from Brooklyn who would be comfortable in his job forever, like so many incumbent state repres...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dr. Who? A fresh face in the NY06 race
Well, now just who in the world is Dr. Robert Mittman? There's been a lot of attention lately focused on the race for New York's 6th Congressional District, the new seat carved out of Queens thanks...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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US Secretary of States John Kerry pictured with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a news conference after the International Syria Support Group meeting in Munich on February 12, 2016World powers on Friday agreed an ambitious plan to cease hostilities in war-racked Syria, but the Munich deal left out the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda's local branch, leaving analysts to doubt its viability. The 17 countries agreed "to implement a nationwide cessation of hostilities to begin in a target of one week's time," said US Secretary of State John Kerry after extended talks co-hosted by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The International Syria Support Group also agreed that "sustained delivery" of aid will begin this week, with a new UN task force meeting later Friday in Geneva to start pushing for much greater access to "besieged and hard-to-reach areas".


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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016, file photo, Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry (7) drives past New York Knicks' Langston Galloway (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto. All-Stars Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have pushed the Raptors to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference at the break, giving their dedicated and vocal fan base reason to pack the Air Canada Center. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)TORONTO (AP) — When Greg Anthony arrived in Vancouver to join the inaugural Grizzlies team in 1995, the cash in his pocket wasn't the only currency that he needed to exchange.


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A refugee girl, hugged by a relative, eats bread before departing with her family towards the border with Serbia from the transit center for refugees near northern Macedonian village of Tabanovce, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. In a dramatic response to Europe's gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters from Turkey to Greece. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries are poised to restrict passport-free travel by invoking an emergency rule to impose controls at several borders for two more years because of the migration crisis, according to EU documents seen by The Associated Press.


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