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Do You Have to Pay On-Call Employees for Their Time On-Call?
Mar 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 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 | 65 65 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 | 62 62 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 | 108 108 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 | 126 126 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 | 162 162 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 | 195 195 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 | 227 227 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 | 292 292 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 | 301 301 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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Amused to death
Dear Editor: Civil libertarians who are on the alert to oppose tyranny fail to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions. The importance of an educated citizenry, as envisio...
Oct 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fund mass transit
Dear Editor: It is no surprise to transportation historians that the proposed new Metropolitan Transportation Authority 2015-2019 Five Year $32 billion Capital Plan is short $15.2 billion. The prob...
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Obligatory "that Jeter was a real class act" letter
Dear Editor: Derek Jeter has just said his final farewell and has gone out a winner. He leaves with five World Series rings, sixth on the all-time hits list, and a player true to the game of baseba...
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Good old days
Dear Editor: The recent New York City Transit Museum's antique bus display as part of the annual Atlantic Antic festival this past Sunday was a great trip down memory lane. It was a time when bus d...
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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It's working
Dear Editor: Where are all the GOP bobbleheads who said Obamacare would destroy our country, ruin our economy, actually kill you and, according to GOP activist Dr. Ben Carson, was "the worst thing ...
Oct 01, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Punish students
Dear Editor: With so many students in high school who are constantly misbehaving, which severely disrupts the learning process and causes many teachers to leave the profession, perhaps it is time o...
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Need real strategy
Dear Editor: Bravo to President Barack Obama for finally enumerating a strategy and taking decisive action against ISIS, the radical Islamic terrorists who have been reaping carnage in wide swaths ...
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Unique Opportunity
Dear Editor: Flushing Town Hall has been presented with a significant challenge this season, one that I hope your readers will help us meet. It’s not every day that an institutional supporter prese...
Sep 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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We'll miss the captain
Dear Editor: As we say goodbye to Yankee captain Derek Jeter, we are going to really miss him. He always was a true professional, always respectful to the media, and did a lot of volunteer work wit...
Sep 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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For millionaires
Dear Editor: Senator Mitch McConnell was recently heard thanking the Koch's "for the important work you're doing" and for "rallying to the cause." What cause? Putting Americans to work? Rebuilding ...
Sep 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hand gesture
Dear Editor: I have just seen a picture of dignitaries at the 9/11 ceremony. They were Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Ther...
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Get out & vote
Dear Editor: Vote! It's not only a privilege, it's a duty. It's also a shame on those too lazy to avail themselves of it; the very ones so eager to complain about our president's inability to move ...
Sep 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dodgy move
Dear Editor: Unpatriotic companies are moving their headquarters overseas (Burger King to Canada) and people are blaming Obama for these corporate inversions? A company buys a foreign subsidiary, a...
Sep 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Honor the burger
Dear Editor: Celebrate "A trip down memory lane on the Hamburger Train" (Michael Perlman - September 4) by participating in National Hamburger Day on Thursday, September 18. Ignore all of the healt...
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Against Convention
Dear Editor: The United States Constitution has endured for more than two centuries, securing the blessings of liberty for all Americans. There are people now who seek to radically alter the Consti...
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By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cyber attacks on U.S. weapons programs and manufacturers are a "pervasive" problem that requires greater attention, the top U.S. arms buyer said Thursday, saying that he would add cybersecurity to the Pentagon's guidelines for buying weapons. "It’s about the security of our weapons systems themselves and everything that touches them. It’s a pervasive problem and I think we have to pay a lot more attention to it," Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall told Reuters after a speech to the American Society of Naval Engineers in Washington. Kendall said he planned to add cybersecurity to the next phase of his "better buying power" initiative, and was also working on a special section on cybersecurity requirements to be added to the Pentagon's guidelines for buying weapons.
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This March 3, 2015 photo shows student curator Mindy Meissen, left, during a press preview of the exhibition "Lauren Bacall: The Look," in New York. The exhibition, organized and curated by Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) graduate students, explores Bacall's career and personal style, and runs through April 4 at The Museum at FIT. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — On stage, screen and magazine covers, Lauren Bacall was known as "The Look," but in her regular life, the late icon described her style as "studied carelessness."


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Cleo Driver walks down an ice covered University Avenue in Oxford, Miss. on Thursday, March 5, 2015. A combination of sleet and ice has closed both the Lafayette County and Oxford School districts, as well as the University of Mississippi. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman) MAGS OUT NO SALES MANDATORY CREDITPHILADELPHIA (AP) — When the late-season snow stops falling after leaving accumulations from Texas to Long Island, winter has one more blast for much of the U.S.: record low temperatures are in the forecast for dozens of cities.


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