“Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits.” While the author to this famous New Year’s quote remains unknown, that certainly doesn’t make it any less true, including for employers. We hope that, this year, you will buck this trend and actually start doing things a little differently – take a fresh look at that handbook, revisit that non-compete agreement you give to employees that, admittedly, you just cut and pasted off the internet years’ ago, perform that overtime exemption analysis you’ve been putting off forever . . . . It’s never too late to get your affairs in order, and the New Year provides you with the perfect opportunity to do so. And for those of you with employees here in New York, and especially in New York City, we implore you do so as the laws, as you’ll see below, are once again a changin. … [Read more...] about New York Employers – 2013 Year in Review and Looking Ahead to 2014
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— Hassan Al Kontar (@Kontar81) May 25, 2018 Kontar originally moved to United Arab Emirates from Syria in search of work and a better life in 2006. But after the Syrian civil war broke out, he ignored a summons to join the regime army. The Syrian embassy would not renew his passport, and his visa soon expired. “I refused [to join the army] not because I am a coward but because I don’t believe in war,” he said. “It’s not the solution, it’s not the answer. I don’t want to kill my own people and it is not my war.” … [Read more...] about Syrian Man Stuck in Airport for 100 Days Applies to Go to Mars
Biggest Movers on the ListThis year’s most improved state is New York. While still in the bottom half, at No. 27, the Empire State jumps 11 spots from last year’s No. 38 finish, thanks to solid improvement in its economy. State finances are in good shape, the housing market is strong, and only California is home to more Standard and Poor’s 500 companies. New York is also a leader in incentives and tax breaks for businesses, to the consternation of some watchdog groups. According to government figures compiled by the nonpartisan group Good Jobs First, New York spent more than $4 billion in state and local revenues on business subsidies last year, more than any other state. … [Read more...] about Texas Is CNBC’s Top State for Business in America This Year
Slowly, the house is becoming a home for the Jacksons. It still needs interior work (these dollar houses will always need work). But the Land Bank cut the committed couple the $8,500 rebate check knowing that city-funded demolition wouldn’t be necessary and the money would help them finish the job. … [Read more...] about Two years after ‘worst of the worst’ houses sold for $1, here are the livable ones
Jeffs assumed the role of prophet after the 2002 death of his father, Rulon Jeffs, who had headed FLDS since 1986. Authorities, however, say they believe Warren Jeffs actually began running things in the late 1990s after a series of strokes left his father disabled. By the time the elder Jeffs died, authorities say, Warren Jeffs controlled the police, the schools and most of the jobs in town. And they say he wielded ultimate power over family life as well. He could destroy families by exiling from the community men and boys who he determined violated FLDS doctrines. And he could build families by “assigning” women and girls to marry men often many years their senior. … [Read more...] about Violation or Salvation?