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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 | 230 230 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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A federal grand jury? Here we go again
Anybody in Queens up for more special elections? Alright, special elections might be a little premature, but can any elected official in Queens stay out of hot water? While nobody has been charged ...
Apr 06, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooklyn pol says "Stop the Sag"
The Belt Parkway doesn't actually run through State Senator Eric Adams' district, but he sure wishes it did, so to speak. Adams recently made a video urging young black youth in his district to “St...
Mar 30, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Will Levin's colleagues fall like Domino?
Sure, when we first start a new job we all want to hit the ground running, but let's face it, there is also that first two weeks or so when you just want to ease into your new responsibilities and ...
Mar 23, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Just when we thought things couldn't get stranger
We thought last week would be our last update on the race between Assemblyman Jose Peralta, former State Senator Hiram Monserrate, and Republican Robert Beltrani, but so much has happened in the pa...
Mar 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Friedrich still really hates flyer
Speaking of contentious races, the way Bob Friedrich is making the rounds criticizing David Weprin and his former campaign manager, Corey Bearak, you might be surprised to hear that the election to...
Mar 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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The curious case of Monserrate's endorsements
If you can't get anybody to endorse you today, just use the kind words they said about you yesterday. That's what Hiram Monserrate is doing in his race for State Senate. On his website, he has mess...
Mar 09, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trying to clear his name
There is certainly something to be said for never giving up. Of course, there is also something to be said for knowing when to give up. Apparently Bob Friedrich is still smarting from his loss to D...
Mar 09, 2010 | 3 3 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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It'll all be over in two weeks
We're really sorry here at Pol Position if we are boring you to death with this whole special election for the Queens State Senate seat that was forcefully vacated by Hiram Monserrate, but we admit...
Mar 02, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Will he stay or will he go?
By the time you get around to reading this week's Pol Position, New York State might be without a governor. Again. Reports are swirling as we go to press that Governor David Paterson is not long fo...
Mar 02, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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There's just something extra special about this election
Just when you thought things couldn't get any stranger, things go and get just downright bizarre. No, goslings, we're not talking about the new season of Lost, we're talking about the special elect...
Feb 23, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Halloran v. Ackerman?
Could Congressman Gary Ackerman face a Republican challenger - perhaps a more formidable one than he has had to face in other elections – come this November? He will if the president of the Whitest...
Feb 23, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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That Paterson is one tough cookie
Things just keep getting worse for Governor David Paterson, and to his credit, Paterson just keeps getting surlier and surlier! Things have always been rocky for Paterson since he was thrust into t...
Feb 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kirsten is back in our lives
Kirsten, we thought you forgot about us! While Harold Ford, Jr. has been making the rounds in an attempt to make a name for himself should he decide to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in a Dem...
Feb 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Will our Alex Keaton reference be lost on them all?
What the hell is going on in the Queens political scene?! First – seemingly out of nowhere – the Republican Party is able to get three – three! - members of the GOP elected to the City Council. In ...
Feb 09, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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What's in a name? A lot!
We've finally gotten over the fact that Jon Stewart completely and utterly ripped off our idea of skewering the political scene into a hilarious mixture of psuedo-facts and outrageous commentary, s...
Feb 09, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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NASA handout of an artist's rendering of an outburst on a ultra-magnetic neutron star, also called a magnetarBy Will Dunham and Scott Malone WASHINGTON/CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - Scientists said on Thursday they have for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesized by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery that opens a new window for studying the cosmos. The researchers said they detected gravitational waves coming from two black holes - extraordinarily dense objects whose existence also was foreseen by Einstein - that orbited one another, spiraled inward and smashed together. ...


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US actor George Clooney attends a press conference for the film "Hail, Caesar!" screened as opening film of the 66th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin on February 11, 2016George Clooney said he would meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and asylum-seekers about Europe's refugee crisis as he opened the Berlin film festival Thursday. Clooney, an activist for many humanitarian causes whose new movie "Hail, Caesar!" by the Coen brothers is kicking off the 11-day cinema showcase, said he wanted to hear how he could use his star power to lend a hand. "I'm having a meeting with Angela Merkel tomorrow to talk about and ask what messages and what things we can do... to help," said Clooney, who is in town with his wife Amal, a Lebanese-born human rights lawyer.


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U.S. Federal Reserve Board Chair Yellen testifies at the House Financial Services Committee in WashingtonFederal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen returned to Capitol Hill on Thursday amid an ongoing meltdown in global equity markets and growing skepticism that the U.S. central bank can carry out its long-planned pivot to "normal" monetary policy. Yellen repeated to the Senate Banking Committee the testimony she delivered on Wednesday to a House of Representatives committee, putting a brave face on the U.S. economic recovery while acknowledging that a weakened global economy and steep slide in U.S. equity markets is tightening financial conditions faster than the Fed wants. Yellen warned on Wednesday that the rout, if proven to be "persistent," could change the U.S. economic outlook - and by implication the Fed's policy plans.


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