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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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Vote them out
Dear Editor: For over a half-century, Democrats and Republicans have taken turns at presiding over the economy, guiding and managing our national debt, deficit and social programs to the brink of b...
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No strategy but one
Dear Editor: Speaker John Boehner disagrees with President Barack Obama's strategy on ISIL. He recently said we have to act immediately and have "no choice but to put boots on the ground and destro...
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Not so grand
Dear Editor: There is more to the passing of Edward Regan. The last Republican state comptroller, Regan won his final term in 1990. The last Republican attorney general, Dennis Vacco, served only o...
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Not a game
Dear Editor: The recent problems with the Sayreville football team hazing incident should make it very plain that there needs to be better supervision of players by their coaches in the locker room...
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End it now!
Dear Editor: Geno Smith and Michael Vick and the Jets failed again to get the job done. Another humiliating defeat that leave us fans feeling let down again. They're now 1-7 and the playoff are jus...
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Stop the plane noise
Dear Editor: I am retired, 80 years old and trying to recover from multiple mini-strokes, two major strokes, and bleeding on the brain. The doctor told my wife that I was going to die, but here I a...
Oct 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Save the trees
Dear Editor: Once again, tree cutters have been in the Bayside area mangling trees on behalf of the utility company, apparently in this case Con Edison. They supposedly are clearing around the over...
Oct 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stop spread of Ebola, Mr. President
Dear Editor: CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden assured Americans last week that “we know how to stop Ebola in its tracks.” Yet this week we learn of two new cases of Ebola, contracted by nurses who care...
Oct 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Protect, don't kill
Dear Editor: It seems there has been an increasingly growing push to start killing wildlife that live in our region for various reasons. While there are large populations of swans, geese and deer, ...
Oct 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reverse inversions
Dear Editor: What's new in today's world? Corporate inversions. A company buys a foreign subsidiary and then through the magic of paperwork proclaims itself a foreign company owned by the subsidiar...
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Get out and vote
Dear Editor: Election Day is fast approaching and is a day all registered American voters should step up to the plate and vote for the candidate of their choice. But there are many who believe thei...
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Take us New York!
Dear Editor: New Jersey has high taxes and a culture of political corruption. Our state lacks both a unified statewide identity and a large anchor city. Instead, the northern part of the state look...
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TransitChek Yourself
Dear Editor: What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Why not amend Councilman Dan Garodnick's bill requiring employers with 20 or more workers to sign up for TransitChek to also include a...
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Bumbling Bill
Dear Editor: If the Olympics had an event for stupidity, our mayor would win a gold medal. Bill de Blasio topped off a string of dumb decisions by hiring and defending a key staffer who's lived wit...
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We need a hero
Dear Editor: I am a 73-year-old veteran of the Vietnam War, and except for my time in the military I have lived in New York. I was born in the Bronx, lived in Brooklyn for six months, and in Flushi...
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This February 2000 photo provided by Ventura County Sheriff's Office shows Charley Saturmin Robinet after his arrest for robbery. Robinet was killed Sunday, March 1, 2015, after a confrontation with police. Authorities say he tried to grab a probationary officer's gun and three officers fatally shot him. The three officers who fired their weapons in a videotaped struggle that left a homeless man dead were veterans of the Skid Row beat who had special training to deal with mentally ill and other people in the downtrodden area, police leaders said. (AP Photo/Ventura County Sheriff’s Office)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mistakes and miscommunication by three governments on three continents over nearly 20 years led to a homeless man known as "Africa" being on Los Angeles' Skid Row, where he was shot by police after authorities say he became combative and appeared to reach for an officer's weapon.


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BEIJING (AP) — China is setting an official economic growth target of about 7 percent for the coming year.
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2014 file photo, Pharrell Williams poses in the Z100 Jingle Ball press room at Madison Square Garden in New York. Williams says he wasn't trying to copy the late Marvin Gaye's music for the hit song "Blurred Lines," but he was trying to evoke the feeling of late 1970s tunes. On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Williams told a jury in federal court in Los Angeles that he grew up listening to Gaye's music. But the singer-producer said he didn't try to copy it directly for his collaboration with Thicke and T.I. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pharrell Williams told a jury Wednesday that he was trying to evoke the feel of Marvin Gaye's music but did not copy the late singer's work when he crafted the 2013 hit "Blurred Lines."


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