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New minimum wage increase goes into effect on Saturday

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- George Zaloom, owner of Zaloomie Car Care in Westerleigh, says his technicians are some of the highest paid in the industry. But he also hires apprentices, who start at minimum wage rates. With the increase in minimum wage that goes into affect on Saturday, Zaloom says he'll have to limit hiring and/or raise prices.   "Since most minimum wage jobs are entry level, I feel the increase will cause many problems across the board since those making even $20 per hour will request a raise. In the end it will affect jobs and prices," he said. Zaloom is one of many Staten Island business owners who fear the historic increase in the minimum wage championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo -- which will ultimately reach $15 an hour for all workers across New York -- may hurt his bottom line. MINIMUM WAGE HIKE STIPULATIONS Minimum wage is currently $9 an hour across New York state. On Saturday, Dec. 31, workers in New York City employed by large ... read more

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Make some room for Tablet Technology in the Auto Shop

Tablet Technology enters the neighborhood garage! Zaloom's Auto Repair is pleased to announce that they have incorporated a popular, user friendly technological tool - the tablet - into their daily business operation to provide a more efficient and engaging automotive repair experience for their customers. While a 31 point inspection has always been the starting point for any vehicle that enters Zaloom's, the process and review of these individual car inspections or "check ups" has become more efficient and more easily executed through the use of an IPAD and a software program called, Auto Vitals. "It is common practice for healthcare professionals to interact with their patients while using a tablet. It's almost routine to see your doctor enter the exam room with tablet in hand and that's a good thing. It gives them ready access to information such as your health records, past appointments, inoculation schedules, etc. This gives the people in your lif ... read more

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