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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 | 32 32 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 | 36 36 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 | 39 39 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 | 43 43 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 | 94 94 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 | 129 129 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 | 140 140 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 | 200 200 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 | 245 245 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 | 262 262 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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Elvis Valdez, Master Gardener
For Elvis Valdez landscaping is a lifelong passion, and for the past 14 years he has worked with the Parks Department to beautify and maintain parks around the city. A 2006 graduate of the Master G...
Oct 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Roc Opera, Music Video Producer and Uncle to Avonte Oquendo
When Alonzo Conti, aka Roc Opera, first heard the news that his nephew was missing, he and his brother-in-law, Danny Oquendo sprung into action, forming search parties to find the young, autistic b...
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Laura Ward, Choreographer
If you asked Laura Ward's friends about her, they might tell you she's a dancer or they might tell you she is a conceptual artist who uses dance as a tool. That's because while she has been a dance...
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kristen Titus, Tech Talent Pipeline
In an industry dominated by nerdy guys, Kristen Titus is turning the tide and leading the way in a city-wide effort to promote technology growth. The city's Department of Small Business Services an...
Sep 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pastor Phil Hardt, Glendale-Maspeth United Methodist Church
Phil Hardt was raised Methodist in Connecticut, but when he hit high school, the pressures of playing for the varsity hockey team in a hockey town got in the way of his faith for a while. He found ...
Sep 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brianna Rios, World Salsa Champion
Brianna Rios was first exposed to the world of salsa dancing at a young age, when after a vacation with her grandmother in Puerto Rico she came home to find her parents had started taking classes t...
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ronnie Minor, Housing Advocate
Ronnie Minor has lived in Astoria since 1967. It's the neighborhood he belongs to, and the place he fights for as a community advocate. So when the city began dumping garbage bags in the middle of ...
Sep 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Devon O’Connor, Welcome to Whitestone
Devon O’Connor did not intend to start a civic group when he noticed that his neighborhood’s “Welcome to Whitestone” sign was deteriorating. He simply wanted to fix the sign, but as he talked with ...
Aug 27, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dr. Jose Rodriguez, Dean of Students at St. Francis College
St. Francis College has a new Dean of Students at the Brooklyn Heights school. Longtime educator and experienced administrator Dr. Jose Rodriguez said the new position was important to him because ...
Aug 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Charles Barnett, Photographer
From the thousands of photos that 73-year-old Charles “Carl” Barnett has taken over the years, pictures from the 1964 World’s Fair shot with his uncle’s German Voigtlander camera are some of his fa...
Aug 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gina Argento, Co-Founder, Broadway Stages
Gina Argento is no stranger to being green. In addition to creating the world's first solar-powered sound stage in North Brooklyn, Argento along with her brother Tony five years ago founded Systems...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Philip McManus, Queens Public Transit Committee
The Rockaway community was nearly destroyed when Hurricane Sandy ripped through New York City back in 2012, but it did spark one resident to take action when it comes to public transportation on th...
Jul 23, 2014 | 2 2 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Josef Szende, Atlantic Avenue BID
Josef Szende took over as the inaugural director of Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District (AABID) back in April of 2012. Szende, currently a Brooklyn resident, studied at Columbia Universit...
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rick Anthony, Atlantic Surfing Federation
Like many parents, Rick Anthony sat on the sidelines watching his son compete so often that eventually he stopped merely observing and took on an active supporting role. In Anthony’s case, the spor...
Jul 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tyler Myers, Knockdown Center
When Tyler Myers was first introduced to the Knockdown Center, he immediately saw the potential for the place to become a mecca for large-scale artwork. “I was working as a project manager for Frie...
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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An American flag flies at half-staff in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in honor of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as the sun rises in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died. He was 79. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential proclamation has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at the Supreme Court, the White House and elsewhere in honor of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.


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By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel voiced doubt on Sunday that an international ceasefire plan for Syria would succeed, suggesting a sectarian partition of the country was inevitable and perhaps preferable. While formally neutral on the five-year civil war racking its neighbor, Israel has some sway among the world powers that have mounted armed interventions and which on Friday agreed on a "cessation of hostilities" to begin within a week. The deal, clinched at a Munich security conference, is already beset by recriminations between Russia, which backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad militarily and wants to see his rule restored, and Western powers that have called for change in Damascus involving select opposition groups.
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A Red Crescent aid convoy enters Wafideen Camp, which is controlled by Syrian government forces, to deliver aid into the rebel held besieged city of Douma, Damascus suburbs, SyriaBy Tom Perry and Noah Barkin BEIRUT/MUNICH (Reuters) - The Turkish army shelled Kurdish militia in northern Syria for a second day on Sunday, while Russia made clear it would continue bombing Syrian rebel targets, raising doubts that a planned ceasefire would bring much relief. Major powers agreed on Friday to a limited cessation of hostilities in Syria but the deal does not take effect until the end of this week and was not signed by any warring parties - the Damascus government and numerous rebel factions fighting it. Russian bombing raids directed at rebel groups are meanwhile helping the Syrian army to achieve what could be its biggest victory of the war in the battle for Aleppo, the country's largest city and commercial hub before the conflict.


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