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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 ...
TRANSWORLD BUSINESS ADVISORS OF BROOKLYN WEST BRINGS BROKERAGE, MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS SERVICES UNDER ONE ROOF
Feb 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Tom Gesimondo opened Transworld Business Advisors of Brooklyn West  recently to bring together aspiring entrepreneurs and owners looking to sell their businesses, Gesimondo provides business broker...
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...
Biz Partners Cut Teeth Together in Restoration Industry Before Finding Success of their Own, Building Legacy
Feb 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Paul Daley and Joe Rizzo took a good, long test drive together before becoming entrepreneurs and now the two business partners are laying the groundwork for their children to follow in the footstep...
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...

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Denny Meyer, AVER and TAVA spokesperson
Denny Meyer is no stranger to struggle. “I became an activist when I was born, because my parents were Holocaust refugees,” Meyer said. “When I was a toddler in the 1940s – when Truman was presiden...
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Daniel Olson, Musician/Financial Planner
Growing up in Wisconsin, there was nothing that Daniel Olson loved more than music. He began taking music lessons as a child, picked up the guitar and keyboard as he got older and played in bands i...
Feb 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Renee Manzolillo, Breakin Boundaries
For most people, a broken back would be enough to convince them it is time to hang up their dancing shoes and accept that things will never be the same. But for Renee Manzolillo, a former junior Ol...
Feb 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rosemary Lee, Tugboat
After 10 years working to promote therapies and treatment for the rare medical disorder neurofibromatosis – also known as NF1 – which causes nerve endings to develop tumors, Rosemary Lee has decide...
Feb 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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Herb Chain, Queens Symphony Orchestra President
Forest Hills resident Herb Chain has been an accountant for almost 40 years at Deloitte. But he grew up in the 1960s, when music ran through his blood and he and his friends would often jam out on ...
Feb 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Annie Witter & Terri Sunkin, Bushwick Radio
Annie Witter has been working in the music business for a long time. She’s worked with several national music media production and promotion houses (including Sony), and now she is bringing her wor...
Jan 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dr. Preethi Radhakrishnan, LGCC Professor
While there is currently a significant gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers – the U.S. Department of Commerce showed that only 24 percent of STEM workers were fema...
Jan 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mark Krawczuk, Creative Instigator
While most creative types are content to call themselves artists, Mark Krawczuk believes that he is more of a instigator. “I work on both the creative side and the production side of things. Saying...
Jan 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nick Saint, Nextdoor
After Hurricane Sandy decimated many coastal areas in New York City, especially Breezy Point in Queens and Red Hook and Coney Island in Brooklyn, it became clear that local communities and their lo...
Dec 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alan Chan, Rockaway Homecare
Alan Chan never knew his grandmother, but he remembers the day they first met as the day that changed his life. At the time, Chan was a young man studying to be an engineer and took his first trip ...
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rich Castagna, Bridge and Tunnel Beer
Ten years ago, Rich Castagna decided he wanted to try brewing beer at home. He loved it so much, he created Bridge and Tunnel Brewery. “I’ve always been focused on doing my own thing,” he said. Wit...
Dec 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rodolfo Caballero, Photographer
Rodolfo Caballero picked up his Nikon and headed to one of the most dangerous places on earth: North Mexico. In this poverty-stricken part of the country, where cartels and drug lords do battle in ...
Dec 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ryan Walsh, Lawyer/Volunteer
Ryan Walsh practices real estate law from his office in Kew Gardens, but his goal has always been to give back to his community. As a board member of the Neighborhood Housing Services of Northern Q...
Dec 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bryan Gordon, The Legal Credit Experts
Almost everyone has experienced debt at one time or another. Maybe you never knew you were mischarged for an outstanding electric bill, or maybe you never got a notice from a debt collector, but re...
Nov 26, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jason Sagebiel, Sage Music
The pen may be mightier than the sword, but for Jason Sagebiel, instruments are the most powerful tool of all. During his time with the Marine Corps, Sagebiel served as a scout sniper deployed in I...
Nov 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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MUNICH (AP) — Diplomats agreed Friday to work toward a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war within a week, although efforts to secure a lasting cease-fire fell short.
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Passengers from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, await transportation after arriving at Cape Liberty cruise port, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Bayonne, N.J. Carrying 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members, the ship returned early from a seven-day cruise to the Bahamas after it was battered by a major storm in the Atlantic Ocean. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — The Coast Guard says the intense winter storm that battered a cruise ship and shortened its voyage also damaged part of its propulsion system.


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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura attend a news conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in MunichBy John Irish and Warren Strobel MUNICH (Reuters) - Major powers agreed on Friday to a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria to begin in a week, doing nothing in the meantime to halt Russian bombing poised to give government forces their biggest victory of the five-year-old war. If implemented, the deal would allow humanitarian aid to reach besieged towns. Russian warplanes were bombing northern Syria on Friday, showing no sign of slowing the pace of attacks despite the agreement hammered out overnight.


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