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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 | 117 117 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 | 128 128 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 | 188 188 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 | 236 236 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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City not in biz of helping small biz
Dear Editor: This mayor is supposed to be the "Businessman Mayor," Someone who is more attuned to the private sector and as such knows that small businesses are the greatest drivers of the economy....
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GOP rhetoric wearing thin
Dear Editor: The elections are eleven months away, and the people I speak to are really getting tired of nothing coming from the Republican campaigners but negative remarks about President Obama. W...
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Ferry service the future of mass transit
Dear Editor: The December 22nd article concerning the six-month anniversary of the East River Ferry confirms that our waterways are an underutilized natural asset. Most of our existing public trans...
Jan 04, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Republicans can't let go of the past
Dear Editor: The main problem with the Republicans is that they are focused on validating Bush's economic and foreign policies that just didn't go far enough. The Republican's singular electoral st...
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Welcome home troops
Dear Editor: As the holiday season continues, it is very gratifying to know that many of our brave men and women who have been fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming home. Every single America...
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Economy a reflection of our culture
Dear Editor: America’s economic decline is linked to, and perhaps was precipitated, by the decline of our culture. The significant components of our culture, our sense of honor, humility and the de...
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City needs to clean eyesore
Dear Editor: The Auburndale Improvement Association has received many complaints about a group of four two-family homes that were built several years ago at 47th Avenue and 198th Street. They have ...
Dec 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Now we can fight the real battles
Dear Editor: Finally, our troops are out of Iraq without the oil which precipitated the phony invasion and without the lives of our 4,000 men and women unknowingly fighting and dying for it. We era...
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Critics of OWS are fooling themselves
Dear Editor: What is it about with avid Occupy Wall Street haters? What blinds them from seeing what OWS is all about? Why is it so difficult for some to comprehend the outrageous disparity of weal...
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Last thoughts on Pat Dolan
Dear Editor: I feel it is safe to say that all of us involved in community life appreciate the enormous contributions of Pat Dolan. As someone who knew Pat Dolan, I was very unhappy that a temporar...
Dec 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kudos to Grover Cleveland HS
Dear Editor: I would like to thank the students and staff at Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood for a wonderful evening last Friday night. The school hosted a Winter Wonderland for students ...
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NYC needs to oppose hydroracking
Dear Editor: People concerned with the city’s drinking water and the state’s environment need to comment on the Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) draft hydraulic fracturing permittin...
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U.S. is headed down the wrong path
Dear Editor: The world as I know it is over. Calls for higher taxes and more entitlements in the name of “fairness” leads me to ask how much of my private wealth is community property? The number o...
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Don't target billboards
Dear Editor: The crackdown by the Department of Buildings concerning alleged illegal outdoor billboard advertisements, including those on buildings, continues to be disappointing. This is sad to th...
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U.S. is headed down the wrong path
Dear Editor: The world as I know it is over. Calls for higher taxes and more entitlements in the name of “fairness” leads me to ask how much of my private wealth is community property? The number o...
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Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir arrives at the Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday Feb. 12, 2016. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):


2016-02-12 11:28:00 -0500
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.
2016-02-12 11:21:06 -0500
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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