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Do You Have to Pay On-Call Employees for Their Time On-Call?
Mar 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 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 | 193 193 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 | 290 290 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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No anarchy in NYC
Dear Editor: The NYPD does it again by stopping anarchists who wanted to spoil the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and ruin it for many children. The message to protesters who tried to spoil the par...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Go to the tape!
Dear Editor: A grand jury decided not to indict the officer responsible for the chokehold, which is banned under NYPD policy, death of Eric Garner. Now the protests have begun. If only there had be...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Not for this kind of freedom
Dear Editor: Men and women of all races and ethnic backgrounds are serving all over the world to insure our freedom. They are not fighting for looters and criminals to run free, burn police cars, r...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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For body cameras
Dear Editor: The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hands of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record and prevent any...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thoughts on Badillo
Dear Editor: Herman Badillo worked tirelessly for the benefit of many during his long career as a congressman and a deputy mayor. He was a true professional,and a gentleman. He will be missed. He a...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Strong secretary needed
Dear Editor: President Barack Obama has never enjoyed being commander-in-chief. He finds it difficult to even believe that the U.S. military can play a positive role in world affairs. Therefore, we...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Still a sinking ship
Dear Editor: On November 4, Americans rejected President Barack Obama and his progressive agenda and elected a majority of Republicans to Congress, as well as many state governments. The Democrats ...
Dec 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Find role models
Dear Editor: We have another fallen role model in the person of Bill Cosby who has truly disappointed many of us with stories of his sexual exploits. Our youth are running out of role models with t...
Dec 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Not for this kind of freedom
Dear Editor: Men and women of all races and ethnic backgrounds are serving all over the world to insure our freedom. They are not fighting for looters and criminals to run free, burn police cars, r...
Dec 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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A helpful white lie
Dear Editor: While I agree that the American people should be angry for being lied to about Obamacare, the reason was a good one and the end result was a huge positive. Unlike when the Bush adminis...
Dec 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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The new normal?
Dear Editor: The monster snowstorm in Buffalo last week was downright scary. But storms like this are exactly the sort of extreme weather that climate scientists predict will become more frequent i...
Dec 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Blame voters, not politics
Dear Editor: A midterm turnout is normally low, yet this year’s participation was last seen in 1942 during WW11. In a president’s second term a reversal to the president’s party is normal. Reagan, ...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who's safe?
Dear Editor: The recent tragic story about an innocent man being shoved in front of an approaching subway train and being killed again brings up the question, “where is it safe in this city?" Peopl...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Day of giving
Dear Editor: The winter holiday season is fast-approaching. In the spirit of the season, New York Junior Tennis & Learning is taking part in the third annual day of giving, called #GivingTuesday, o...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bush to blame
Dear Editor: To those who are still wondering why people continue to blame Bush for everything, here's a question for you: If someone destroyed your job (record unemployment), burned down your hous...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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national news
The U.S. State Department said the American ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was injured in an assault during a breakfast speech in Seoul but that his injuries were not life threatening. "We strongly condemn this act of violence," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, adding Lippert was being treated at a hospital. President Barack Obama called Lippert to wish him a speedy recovery, White House National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said.
2015-03-04 19:27:47 -0500

It this courtroom sketch, U.S. Attorney William Weinreb, left, is depicted delivering opening statements in front of U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right rear, on the first day of the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev, depicted seated second from right between defense attorneys Judy Clarke, third from right, and Miriam Conrad, right, is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It's whether he deserves to die for it.


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Former Denver Bronco Nate Jackson speaks during a cannabis industry expo in Denver, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Jackson and some other former NFL players are calling on the league to allow medical marijuana as a means to help players deal with the physical pain inherent in their profession. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Former Broncos tight end Nate Jackson says he believes the NFL will have no choice but to remove marijuana from its lists of banned substances in the near future.


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