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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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The Divine Miss M(oney)
Now that the election season is in full swing, it's time for the candidates to open their hand and hope that you'll open your wallet and fork over some of your hard-earned cash to help fund their d...
Jan 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 110 110 recommendations | email to a friend
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Holiday season bleeds into campaign season
With the holidays finally behind us – we know we can’t possibly stomach another one of our signature Night Train Express eggnog concoctions - the campaign season is officially underway. And a coupl...
Jan 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vallone announces bid for Queens borough president
Well, it’s official. At the annual holiday party hosted by Vallone & Vallone law firm, Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. announced that he would be running for Queens borough president, ending months o...
Dec 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 111 111 recommendations | email to a friend
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Squadron considering public advocate run
With the presidential election and a few exciting local races behind us, it’s time to turn our attention to next year’s citywide races, which are sure to feature some big names in New York City pol...
Dec 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 111 111 recommendations | email to a friend
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And then there were...well, there's a lot!
Queens beep race getting crowded
Nov 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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PR machine has a break down
Borough President Helen Marshall just can’t catch a break. Over the summer, there were a lot of news reports critical of Marshall’s presence in the borough and her overall job performance. One part...
Nov 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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A little self-congratulatory back patting
Okay The Parkside Group we get it, you win big! With another election in the books, we received a standard email from political consultants The Parkside Group touting their clients’ big victories o...
Nov 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nothing Personal
Hey, don’t take it personally, bro. After running a spirited campaign against State Senator Joseph Addabbo, in his concession speech Councilman Eric Ulrich said that it was nothing personal against...
Nov 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sandy adds twist to local race
As if voting in New York City isn’t already a mess on a normal election day – not withstanding when there is a presidential election – Hurricane Sandy is making things downright ridiculous. First, ...
Nov 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two polls, two different positions
We’re sure that right now you’re a lot more focused on cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy, but don’t forget that there’s a pretty big election less than one week away. Voters will go to the polls on...
Oct 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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Inside the C-Stats
Another source of controversy in the race between Meng and Halloran is something that Halloran has been bringing up on the campaign trail and in debates over the past month: CouncilStat, or C-Stat ...
Oct 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Halloran gets an endorsement of his own
Last week, we told you how Councilman Dan Halloran lashed out at mayor Michael Bloomberg for endorsing Assemblywoman Grace Meng in their race to replace Gary Ackerman in Congress. The mayor’s endor...
Oct 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who needs your endorsement anyway?
While all of you are probably all wrapped up in the national debates between Romney and Obama and Biden and Ryan surrounding this year’s presidential election, you might be overlooking some races h...
Oct 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooklyn Pols Compare Patties
You could call it Iron Chef Brooklyn. For as much as we can tell, Councilman Brad Lander and State Senator Daniel Squadron, whose districts overlap in Brooklyn, are on friendly working terms when i...
Oct 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pol Position's primary wrap
Well, the primary election is finally in the books, and we hope you all made it out to vote on Thursday. That’s right, we said Thursday. As if this year wasn’t crazy enough with elections, what wit...
Sep 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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HOLD FOR STORY BY DAVID EGGERT- FILE- In a file photo from Feb. 5, 2016, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, center and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Deacon Omar Odette, right, meet with volunteers helping to load vehicles with bottled water in Flint, Mich. Snyder's standing as one of the GOP's most accomplished governors has taken a beating in the lead-contaminated water emergency in Flint. Democrats, especially those running for president, are pointing to mistakes by Snyder's administration during the crisis as a vivid example of Republican-style cost-cutting run amok. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Rick Snyder's standing as one of the GOP's most accomplished governors has taken a beating in the crisis over lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan. Democrats, especially those running for president, have pointed to his administration's mishandling of the city's switch to a cheaper water supply as an example of Republican cost-cutting run amok.


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This undated photo released by Fargo Police Department shows Fargo police officer Jason Moszer. Moszer was shot amid a standoff in Fargo, N.D. with a domestic violence suspect, police in North Dakota said early Thursday, Feb. 10, 2016. Moszer, 33, responded to the standoff Wednesday night and parked near the home the suspect was barricaded inside, Fargo Deputy Police Chief Joe Anderson said. (Fargo Police Department via AP) MANDATORY CREDITFARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's largest city has been shaken by the fatal shooting of a decorated police officer, the first death of a Fargo officer in the line of duty in more than 130 years.


2016-02-12 07:26:32 -0500
China will back a wide-ranging U.N. Security Council resolution to make North Korea "pay the necessary price" for its recent rocket launch, its foreign minister told Reuters on Friday, but said its goal was to get Pyongyang back to the negotiating table. Wang Yi also said in an interview that Beijing was urging the United States not to deploy its sophisticated THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile defense system to South Korea, saying it could also be used to target China. "(We) support the United Nations Security Council to take further steps and in adopting a new resolution so that North Korea will pay the necessary price and show there are consequences for its behavior," the foreign minister said, speaking through an interpreter.
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