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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 | 31 31 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 | 35 35 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 | 41 41 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 | 92 92 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 | 127 127 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 | 139 139 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 | 199 199 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 | 244 244 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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Shantrelle Lewis, Filmmaker & Writer
Shantrelle Lewis travels the world in search of what she calls the African aesthetic; and for the last year and a half she’s been broadcasting her findings from Bed-Stuy. “Aesthetics is an all-enco...
Apr 05, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Carol Rogers, Book Fair Organizer
Caroline Rogers has always been a lover of books. From the time she and a former partner decided to sell books at a nearby flea market in Queens, the Brooklyn-born, Queens-bred bookworm has started...
Apr 05, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ijana Nathaniel, Non-profit Founder
Brooklyn dared to dream. Will Queens and the rest of New York City be next? Ijana Nathaniel started her youth organization, Dare 2 Dream Leaders (D2D), in two East Flatbush schools last June. The n...
Mar 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Abby Dobson, Singer-Songwriter
Don’t sleep on Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter Abby Dobson. Her debut album, “Sleeping Beauty: You Are The One You Have Been Waiting For,” caused a stir when it was released last November, foreshad...
Mar 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Scott Decoursey - Musician/Author
Scott Decoursey is full of creativity. The 23-year-old lifelong Glendale resident is not just dabbling in different fields, he is a soon-to-be published author and already a musician that doesn't b...
Mar 22, 2011 | 4 4 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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James Gulliver Hancock, Illustrator
James Gulliver Hancock is crazy about buildings. He draws them all the time - in his spare time, for work, to just get his creativity flowing. Actually, James Gulliver Hancock cannot stop drawing. ...
Mar 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jamil "Jah Pierce" Dennis Musician/Minister
“I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder was the song that Jamil “Jah Pierce” Dennis sang over and over as a child. At that time he didn’t know it would bring him to where he is now. With...
Mar 15, 2011 | 3 3 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Howard Newman, Creator of Jokesercise
Is it possible to mix comedy with exercise? For Howard Newman it's a reality that he enjoys everyday. The stand-up comic and fitness instructor is the creator of Jokesercise, a comedy and exercise ...
Mar 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bill Schuck, Artist
Bill Schuck’s backyard sees a lot of traffic. Plastic bags and condoms pile up there, sewage floods in when it rains, and it was the site of an oil spill estimated at three times the size of the Ex...
Mar 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Johanna Fausto
There are many words that could best accurately describe Johanna Fausto. As it is written on her blog, she likes to be known as a cultural observer, adventurous traveler, food lover, Bikram Yoga pr...
Mar 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Husam Rimawi President, Islamic Society of Bay Ridge
When Borough Hall flew the Egyptian flag from its roof last week in a nod to the movement towards democracy in that country and elsewhere across the Arab world, it became the first U.S. government ...
Mar 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dr. Gregory L. Matloff
NASA researcher
Feb 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ryan Acuna, Chess Champion
At first, Ryan Acuna didn't like chess. Now, he holds the first place trophy from a Chess tournament played at I.S. 318 in Williamsburg. Acuna, who attends Robert F. Wagner Junior Secondary School ...
Feb 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pamela Green, Executive Director of the Weeksville Heritage Center
Banker, computer programmer, food bank director, city commissioner and Sesame Street executive — Pamela Green has worn many hats. And now as Executive Director of the Weeksville Heritage Center, sh...
Feb 15, 2011 | 4 4 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Andrew Appel, Model Student
What do you get when you blend a major in homeland and corporate security with a side gig modeling? You get Andrew Appel, a Breezy Point resident who is signed to Wilhelmina Models, while pursuing ...
Feb 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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A South Korean security guard stands guard on an empty road which leads to the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) at the South's CIQ, in PajuSouth Korea said 70 percent of the U.S. dollars paid as wages and fees for the suspended Kaesong industrial project, run jointly with the North, had been diverted for Pyongyang's weapons program and luxury goods for leader Kim Jong Un. It is the first formal acknowledgement by the South that the 55,000 North Korean workers at the Kaesong complex saw little of the $160 they were paid on average a month. South Korea on Wednesday suspended the project as punishment for the North's long-range rocket launch on Feb. 7 saying it would no longer allow the funds paid to Kaesong to be used in the North's missile and nuclear programs.


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Afghan fire-fighters and members of security forces clean the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, AfghanistanBy Josh Smith KABUL (Reuters) - Civilian casualties of the war in Afghanistan rose to record levels for the seventh year in row in 2015, as violence spread across the country in the wake of the withdrawal of most international troops, the United Nations reported on Sunday. At least 3,545 noncombatants died and another 7,457 were injured by fighting last year in a 4-percent increase over 2014, the international organization said in its annual report on civilian casualties. "The harm done to civilians is totally unacceptable," Nicholas Haysom, the head of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, said in a statement.


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FILE - This photo provided by courtesy of Open Road Films shows, Rachel McAdams, from left, as Sacha Pfeiffer, Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes and Brian d’Arcy James as Matt Carroll, in a scene from the film, "Spotlight." Oscar contenders "Spotlight" and "The Big Short" won the top awards for screenwriting from the Writers Guild of America at a ceremony Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, that was held in Los Angeles and New York. (Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films via AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar contenders "Spotlight" and "The Big Short" won the top awards for screenwriting from the Writers Guild of America at a ceremony Saturday that was held in Los Angeles and New York.


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