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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 | 22 22 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 | 25 25 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 | 27 27 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 | 31 31 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 | 84 84 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 | 118 118 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 | 129 129 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 | 189 189 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 | 237 237 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 | 252 252 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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Marisa Wu, The Salty Road
Few things embody the Brooklyn culinary landscape better than the elevated lowbrow dessert. One would be hard-pressed to walk a Williamsburg or Greenpoint block without being lured by a fancy dough...
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stephen Sirgiovanni, Former Kiwanis Lt. Gov.
At a Kiwanis meeting earlier this month, the Howard Beach Club honored former Queens West Division Lieutenant Governor Stephen Sirgiovanni. But instead of accepting the night as a celebration of hi...
Jan 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bridget Livingston, FREE Jazz Ensemble Director
When Bridget Livingston retired from touring around the country and the world as a singer and performer and returned to her native home of Long Island, she knew she wanted to share her passion with...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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Abdullah Zahid, Hollis Library Manager
Hollis is a neighborhood with a lot of pride in its library, and none could be better suited to manage a branch in such a community than Abdullah Zahid. Zahid learned the full value of a public lib...
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marc Haken, Community Advocate
In a city full of civic-minded individuals, few are as involved as Marc Haken in their own local community. Haken serves as president of the Hilltop Village Co-op Number 4 board and Friends of Cunn...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Giovanni P. Silvagni, Partner/Silvagni & Como
Queens native Giovanni Silvagni has long focused his career on assisting the elderly – Italian immigrants in particular. “I grew up in Queens, went to school in Queens, and still have an office in ...
Dec 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Henry Cross, Assistant Executive Director/Hosh Yoga
Since joining the Hosh Yoga team, Henry Cross has made it his mission in life to bring cost-effective health and wellness programming to the masses. “Health and wellness doesn't have to be a burden...
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodjo Hounnake, PickUpLater Founder
After many years of working in finance, Kodjo Hounnake is stepping out into the unknown to combine his love for smart investments with his lifelong passion of personal health. Hounnake, 34, grew up...
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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Liz Kenny, Celtic Gifts & Treasures
When longtime Maspeth resident Liz Kenny heard that Celtic Gifts & Treasures at 72-17 Grand Avenue was going to be closing its doors, she decided to step in and take ownership of the business. “I w...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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John Beltzer, Songs of Love
After many years of struggling to make it in the music industry, Forest Hills resident John Beltzer had taken his share of blows, from the tragic loss of his fraternal twin brother Julio in 1984 to...
Dec 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ila Gross, LeAp Founder
After two years working as a special education teacher, Ila Gross didn’t think she was cut out to be an educator, so she left the teaching field and applied her skills as a fine artist. It wasn’t u...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sajjad Khalfan, Awards & Signs Express
When Sajjad Khalfan’s father was still living in Tanzania, he took up the trade of manufacturing awards and signs, and when he moved to the U.S. with his family in tow, he brought that trade with h...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chris Landano, TrakBelt 360 Inventor
After a bulky equipment belt led to a near-death experience while working as a photographer for the FDNY 10 years ago, Chris Landano realized he needed a more versatile system for carrying his gear...
Nov 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jin-Xiang Yu, Queens College Grad
Jin-Xiang Yu recently graduated from Queens College, however that is only the beginning of her educational career. After three years at the Aaron Copland School of music, the soprano became just on...
Nov 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Colvin Grannum, Bed-Stuy Restoration

When Colvin Grannum was a child, he and his brothers took weekly walks through the neighborhood with their parents, who would chat up the neighbors and shopkeepers, all of whom were on a first-name...
Oct 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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A Flint resident picks up a replacement water filter at a fire station in Flint, MichiganBy Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - State government officials knew about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease and its suspected link to contaminated water in impoverished Flint, Michigan, at least 10 months before a public announcement was made, documents released on Friday showed. The disclosure of the documents, among thousands of pages of emails and other material released, comes as Michigan's Republican Governor Rick Snyder faces pressure to resign over his administration's handling of the Flint water crisis. Michigan's Genesee County, which includes Flint, had 87 cases of Legionnaires' from June 2014 to November 2015, 10 of them fatal.


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Agents with US Customs and Border Protection inspect flowers that arrived to the US for Valentine's Day, in the cargo area of the Miami International Airport on February 11, 2016When -- or if -- that bunch of flowers arrives on Sunday for Valentine's Day, spare a thought for Edward Putland. Putland, an agent specializing in agriculture at US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), has been busy scouring roses, carnations and all other manner of flowers and plants imported through Miami's international airport, mainly from Latin America. For Putland and his fellow inspectors the first half of February presents a daunting challenge: about a billion flowers and plants pour into the US during the three weeks leading up to Valentine's Day on February 14, of which more than 90 percent comes through the Miami airport.


2016-02-12 15:28:23 -0500
By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's foreign enemies have sent rebels new supplies of ground-to-ground missiles to confront a Russian-backed offensive by the government near Aleppo, stepping up support in response to the attack, two rebel commanders said. The commanders told Reuters the missiles with a range of 20 km (12 miles) had been provided in "excellent quantities" in response to the attack that has cut rebel supply lines from the Turkish border to opposition-held parts of the city of Aleppo. Facing one of the biggest defeats of the five-year-long war, rebels have been complaining that foreign states such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey have let them down by not providing them with more powerful weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles.
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