When Yulia Laricheva saw someone have a heart attack in the office of a New York City advertising firm, she knew something needed to change. At the time, she was afraid to talk to management about the work culture. "If we spoke out, we would get blacklisted, retaliated against or fired," she said. Laricheva said the expectation that she would work at all hours of the day started to affect her own health. "It was making me sick. I was having heart palpitations, I was stressed, I couldn't disconnect," she said. "I'm very committed to my job. But there has to come a time when you say pencils down, when you go home and rest." Now, Laricheva, a Brooklyn resident, is supporting a bill introduced by New York City Councilman Rafael L. Espinal Jr. called the "Right to Disconnect." The proposed bill would make it illegal for private employers in New York City with 10 or more employees to require their workers to check and respond to electronic communications during non-work hours. "I think it's … [Read more...] about A ‘right to disconnect’? New York City Council explores protecting off hours
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New York City is a place where attitude and strong opinions are in the DNA. New Yorkers might not agree on much, but there is one thing on which millions of them do agree: the subway is a mess. Trains are packed, breakdowns and delays are routine, some say it's gone off the rails. After an actual derailment last year injured more than 40 people, the governor declared a state of emergency. When it first opened more than a century ago, the New York City subway was considered a feat of American engineering, now it's another example of the country's ailing infrastructure. Luckily, there's a man with a plan, an Englishman in New York who proposes the city's largest infrastructure expenditure since the 1950s. More on that in a moment. First, if you have never ridden the sprawling New York City subway, welcome aboard. When the trains are moving, there's no better way to get around New York City, than on the subway. These 400-ton behemoths crisscross the underbelly of the city, zipping … [Read more...] about Why has the New York City subway gone off the rails?
POLITICS 08/21/2018 11:54 am ET Influential parents accused Riverdale Country School of leftist “indoctrination,” and now two teachers are gone. A parable about the real political correctness. Robert Silverman On Assignment For HuffPost On the morning of May 15, a day after Israeli soldiers shot and killed more than 60 largely unarmed Palestinian protesters on the Gaza–Israel border and injured thousands more, Joel Doerfler, a history teacher at New York City’s elite Riverdale Country School, decided to post The New York Times’ front page headline and accompanying photos in the hallway outside his classroom. “ISRAELIS KILL DOZENS IN GAZA,” read the headline, to which Doerfler added a personal note: “I support Palestinian human rights.” Doerfler, now 74 years old, had been a member of the faculty at Riverdale for more than 25 years, heading the history department since 1992. He often taught an elective course … [Read more...] about How An Elite New York City Prep School Created A Safe Space For Angry Zionists
Aug 8 (Reuters) - The New York City Council on Wednesday agreed to cap the number of licenses for ride-hailing services such as Uber for one year, dealing a blow to the companies that have relied on the largest U.S. metro area for a major source of their revenue.The first such cap by any major U.S. city was part of a package of measures aimed at reducing traffic congestion and increasing driver paychecks in the wake of the explosive growth of for-hire vehicles and a rash of suicides among New York's "Yellow Cab" drivers who have seen their incomes fall.New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he intended to sign the package into law."This action will stop the influx of cars contributing to the congestion grinding our streets to a halt," he said in a statement.Reaction to NYC capping Uber, Lyft vehicle licenses 13 PHOTOS Reaction to NYC capping Uber, Lyft vehicle licenses See Gallery Reaction to NYC capping Uber, Lyft vehicle licenses The New York City Council on … [Read more...] about New York City deals major blow to Uber, Lyft users
NEW YORK -- The New York City Council is expected to introduce a bill Wednesday to ban the use of plastic straws in the city, CBS New York reports. Restaurants would be able to instead offer reusable aluminum straws, or straws made of paper, corn or even pasta. "It's important for New Yorkers to understand that the plastic straw is not a necessity. It's more of a luxury, and our luxury is causing great harm to other environments," Councilman Rafael Espinal, the bill's lead sponsor, said, The New York Times reported. Espinal told CBS New York a lot of restaurants have already signed on and either use only biodegradable straws or a have a straw-on-request-only policy. The bill, which also targets plastic coffee stirrers, comes as cities across the country are taking similar measures to cut down on plastic waste that often ends up polluting our waters and hurting sea life. Espinal said the proposed ban became more urgent after a whale washed ashore in Spain in April. … [Read more...] about New York City Council to consider ban on plastic straws