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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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Rock 'N Pol
Now this is one politician who knows how to throw a fundraiser! Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. celebrated his 50th birthday last night with some 450 guests (we don't even know if 450 people even bot...
Apr 05, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ferraro's political legacy is the real deal
New York City - scratch that, the nation - lost a political trailblazer this past weekend with the passing of Geraldine Ferraro. Ferraro represented parts of Queens in the House of Representatives,...
Mar 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Senior centers saved! Oh, wait...
And the winner in this week's edition of terribly misleading press releases – Queens Assemblywoman Marge Markey! A little background: so you've probably heard about the pending closures of over 100...
Mar 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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A Republican club grows in Brooklyn
Wait a minute, there's Republicans in Brooklyn? We here at Pol Position were under the impression that to spot a real live Republican here in New York City you had to venture to the nether-regions ...
Mar 01, 2011 | 4 4 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
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Is the third term really a charm?
We wonder if Michael Bloomberg is starting to regret that decision to seek a controversial third term for mayor? It's been a rough winter for Bloomy. It got off to a really bad start for Hizzoner w...
Feb 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
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Will Walmart roll back or move forward?
Back in August of 2010, we got word that Walmart was getting more serious about coming into the New York market, and we wrote about it. Boy, did we get some snarling response from local business ad...
Feb 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
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Can't a girl just hold a little ol' fundraiser?
Looks like Speaker Christine Quinn is having a hard time flying under the radar these days. At a January 13th fundraising event in Soho, she attracted a group of protesters with a number of grievan...
Jan 18, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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Your pol, working hard or hardly working?
Last week, we kind of poked fun at Councilman Mark Weprin of Queens for being the “celebrity” tour guide for a couple of British tourists who booked a Big Apple tour. We're sure when they heard tha...
Jan 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Doherty, it turns out, is an easy grader
We think this whole flap about the response to last week's blizzard has put the normally mild-mannered Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty on the defensive. Rather than just take his lumps and cri...
Jan 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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A tour from Mark Weprin! Wait, Mark who?
It isn't exactly Jennifer Lopez, but some lucky tourists from the other side of the pond received a very special tour of Lower Manhattan from a “celebrity” guide recently. Lisa Oxborough and husban...
Jan 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Pol Position personalities of 2010
In the spirit of the season...oh, who are we kidding?...in the interest of taking a few extra days off over the holidays by not actually writing a real column, we here at Pol Position thought we wo...
Dec 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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The not-so-cheap seats
Those ended up being some expensive free Yankees tickets. It turns out Governor David Paterson would have saved a lot of money if he had just purchased five tickets to Game One of the 2009 World Se...
Dec 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Picture your name on a new law
Have you always had a great idea for a new law? Well, Assemblywoman Grace Meng wants to hear from you! Meng sent out a press release recently asking for the public's input on drafting new legislati...
Dec 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Retired, sort of
Hey, just because he's getting a pension doesn't mean Assemblyman Vito Lopez is ready to stop working. It was revealed recently that the Brooklyn pol is not only getting paid $92,000 a year to repr...
Dec 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Notes from Bulgaria
We get a lot of odd press releases in our inbox, but even we were a little confused by the numerous dispatches we have been receiving from Bulgaria courtesy of Councilman Dan Halloran's office over...
Dec 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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PARIS (AP) — Facebook has lost a crucial legal battle as a Paris court ruled the social network can be sued in France over its decision to remove the account of a French user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting.
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In this photo made from the footage with information taken from Russian Defense Ministry official website on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, an aerial image shows an air strike on militant headquarters in the province of Idlib, Syria. The Russian defense ministry says its airstrikes have hit about 1,900 targets in Syria in the past week. A Syrian government offensive around the city of Aleppo backed by Russian airstrikes has sent tens of thousands fleeing to the Turkish border. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service Photo via AP)BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):


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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Is a breakup bringing you heartache for Valentine's Day?
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