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Do You Have to Pay On-Call Employees for Their Time On-Call?
Mar 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans When you hire certain employees for on-call services, questions often arise about wages and hours. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) addresses the issue of on-call employe...
Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
Authorl Stephen D. Hans For more than thirty years, a line was drawn that differentiated a franchiser and franchisee. The relationship between the two served each other well. Entrepreneurs looking ...
Septic Tank Pipe-Cover Crafts
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
Many yards have ugly septic tank pipes sticking up out of the ground, but not all yards have ones that stand out in the open. In some cases, the septic pipes are hidden amongst trees, bushes or oth...
Are Your Dress Code and Grooming Policies Violating Discrimination Laws?
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
      Author: Stephen Hans Companies have the right to expect employees to be neat in appearance and follow a company dress code. Some companies require short hair for men and no one gives it a sec...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: FEB 2015
Feb 16, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 124 124 recommendations | email to a friend
February 2015 Queens NY Market Update  Home sales continued to decrease in January, significantly below last year, however, inventory ticked up slightly. In response to the low inventory levels and...
Ruby Tuesday Is Accused of Gender Discrimination Involving Men
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 160 160 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans It is common for the media to report on cases of gender discrimination where females did not receive equal pay or the same promotional opportunities as men. In contrast to t...
Stronger Mind, Happier You
Feb 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 192 192 recommendations | email to a friend
by Mary Murphy A lot of emphasis is put on the body when talking about working out—those washboard abs, defined calves, slimmed thighs--but sometimes we forget that the mind is part of the body, to...
Know and Follow the Regulations for Tip Pools
Feb 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 225 225 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans In the restaurant business and hospitality industry in general, employees who provide services, such as servers, hosting staff, bartenders and bus persons typically receive ...
Queens Home Team Awarded Top Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II for Most Units Sold in 2014!
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 289 289 recommendations | email to a friend
The Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty, led by George & Abigail Herrera, were recently honored at the Keller Williams Realty Landmark II awards ceremony in Astoria, NY. Out of 160 Agents, Q...
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare)
Jan 29, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 299 299 recommendations | email to a friend
Author; Donna Stefans Re:Obamacare The Health insurance reporting requirements on the 2014 tax return are a bit complicated. If you and your family were covered by an employer health care plan for ...

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Singer-songwriter Hillary Barleaux releases her first album
Hillary Barleaux grew up in the small town of Walton in Delaware County. Both of her parents were writers, her father at GQ Magazine and her mother a stay-at-home mom and freelancer for numerous ma...
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Erin Barra and…
Brooklyn-based electronic artist reaches out to the youth
Dec 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 237 237 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with Brooklyn-based Butcher Knives
The makings of an eclectic punk band
Dec 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 259 259 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with singer-songwriter Nina Yasmineh
Whether through coincidence or fate, Nina Yasmineh recently received the inspiration she needed to record her latest Seven Years EP in her Bushwick apartment. Her subtle and often authoritative voc...
Dec 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 264 264 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooklyn’s Sharkmuffin releases a new Sandy-inspired EP
Q&A with lead singer Tarra Thiessen about the band
Dec 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 263 263 recommendations | email to a friend
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NYC songwriter builds a solo career
Q&A with Ryan Hobler about his first solo album
Nov 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 274 274 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bella Lena’s brings a taste of Italy to the heart of Ridgewood
Behind the doors of Bella Lena’s is a warmly lit, old world atmosphere that is often lost when it comes to family dining. For the last year, this neighborhood Italian restaurant, located at 64-02 F...
Nov 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 287 287 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooklyn band brings back the grunge
Q&A with front man and guitarist Gavin Dunaway
Nov 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 283 283 recommendations | email to a friend
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New JFK Film Premiering in Forest Hills
Cinemart Cinemas and Theater Cafe, the homey movie theater at 106-03 Metropolitan Ave. in Forest Hills, will host the premiere screening of the new film “JFK: A President Betrayed” from Nov. 22 to ...
Nov 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 261 261 recommendations | email to a friend
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Carl Paolino takes his first stab at writing
Deathmatch puppeteer from Maspeth writes first graphic novel
Nov 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 251 251 recommendations | email to a friend
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Empty Chairs releases their debut album
Q&A with the band and a look into Caveat Emptor
Nov 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 247 247 recommendations | email to a friend
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Building Pictures: from Ireland to Brooklyn
Q&A with lead singer and band founder John Gribbin
Nov 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 256 256 recommendations | email to a friend
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Climbing the progressive ladder of jazz
A Q&A with Carl Bartlett, Jr. about the saxophone and his personal inspiration
Oct 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 265 265 recommendations | email to a friend
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New York Funk Exchange release a new album
Q&A with lead singer Serena Fortier about the nine-piece band
Oct 30, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 251 251 recommendations | email to a friend
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5 Napkin serves up a burger worthy of October
In the spirit of October, 5 Napkin Burger has unveiled their “Oktoberfest” burger featuring a beef knockwurst patty, muenster cheese, black label bacon and mustard onions on a pretzel roll. The pat...
Oct 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 252 252 recommendations | email to a friend
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Undated hand out photograph released November 24, 2014, by the office of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCullough shows police officer Darren Wilson shortly after he fatally shot black teenager Michael BrownThe US Justice Department said Wednesday it won't prosecute the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last August, touching off nationwide outrage. Its decision not to prosecute Darren Wilson on federal civil rights charges was issued alongside a report that faulted the police department in the St Louis suburb for systematically targeting African-Americans.


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In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo. after a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. A Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson police department and at the municipal jail and court. The full report, to be publicly released on March 4, says the investigation found Ferguson officers disproportionately used excessive force against blacks and too often charged them with petty offenses. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department won't prosecute a former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but in a scathing report released Wednesday faulted the city and its law enforcement for racial bias and unconstitutional practices.


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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., right, accompanied by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, outline their ideas for a new tax plan during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — With an eye toward a possible run for the White House, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio signed onto an extensive plan Wednesday to cut taxes for investors, parents and businesses in an effort to spur economic growth and create jobs.


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