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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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Education budget should be spared
Dear Editor: Withy the recent dire economic news from both the city and Albany, it appears again that education is one of the main areas that will take a fiscal hit. Laying off any teachers will pr...
Feb 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kudos, mayor, on the smoking ban
Dear Editor: I would like to applaud the City Council for passing a bill that will ban smoking in city parks, beaches, boardwalks, marinas, and pedestrian plazas. I firmly believe second hand smoke...
Feb 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Atlas Park was mismanaged, not too expensive
Dear Editor: I am encouraged by the statements of the new owners of Atlas Park that they will consult with the tenants and shoppers at the mall in order to determine its future course. Local reside...
Feb 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Good news for co-ops, condos
Dear Editor: I am writing with very good news for New York City’s co-ops and condos that have flip taxes to maintain their property.  I received notification from the Federal Housing Finance Agency...
Feb 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens Botanical Garden going after seniors
Dear Editor: I am writing to you to inform you of the death of the Senior Garden located in the Queens Botanical Garden (QBG). The Senior Garden has been in existence for 45 years and has 45 member...
Feb 01, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who let the dogs out?
Dear Editor: There is a man in Maspeth that walks his two big dogs off-leash. He'll go into stores and even have a meal at Fame Diner and leave the dogs outside to wander around on the sidewalk. Wh...
Feb 01, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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It's time to fight for Social Security
Dear Editor: America is a community. We look out for each other as a nation. We build schools for our children, fund police for our safety and provide a secure retirement for our seniors. We don't ...
Feb 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Save healthcare reform
Dear Editor: The GOP is gearing up for this week's House vote on repealing the health care bill- and the time for us to take a stand is right now. We need to be clear about what Republicans are try...
Jan 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Leadership Academy system is not working
Dear Editor: One of the most troubling aspects of former Schools Chancellor Joel Klein's tenure was the creation of the Leadership Academy. This academy was designed to take people with little or n...
Jan 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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More cutbacks to city services?
Dear Editor: Mayor Bloomberg will have to make budget cuts in order to keep city services up and running. The question is- how much? The people of this city are entitled to basic city services for ...
Jan 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Help Aidan Sullivan
Dear Editor: We write to ask that everyone save the date for a benefit that we are organizing to help 9-year-old Aidan Sullivan, the son of Tim and Colleen Sullivan.   Little Aidan was born with va...
Jan 18, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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How about semi-snow day?
To the Editor: When the city faced its second major snow storm in three weeks, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg had several decisions to make.  He declared a weather emergency, which was helpful in getti...
Jan 18, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Time to take snow cleanup into our own hands
Dear Editor: Like most of Queens, the residents of Woodhaven were strongly disappointed by the city's response to the snowstorm that struck just after Christmas. Many of our streets went unplowed t...
Jan 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Peruggia fire unfair
Dear Editor: It was not the fault of EMS Chief John Peruggia that EMS was unable to respond to so many emergency calls during the blizzard. How could EMS vehicles get through the streets that were ...
Jan 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tragedy in Arizona
Dear Editor: It is truly a sad day for Tucson, Arizona and for the country in general. Many lives were lost and many injured in the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The horrific carnage is sadly ...
Jan 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) logo is seen at the IMF headquarters building during the 2013 Spring Meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in WashingtonBy Kwasi Kpodo ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana wants to use a financial assistance deal struck last week with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to fuel a deep transformation of its economy rather than simply to restore fiscal balance, Finance Minister Seth Terkper told Reuters. The government embarked on its shake-up of the economy even before the $940 million agreement with the IMF and its aid will help the programme to endure beyond elections in 2016, when President John Mahama will likely run for a second term. "What can we (the Finance Ministry) do to complement that transformation? In other measures, the government has set up a 'sinking' fund to manage debt redemption which uses revenue from the country's growing petroleum resources.


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Supporters of same-sex marriage hold a rainbow flag and a rainbow umbrella outside Jefferson County Courthouse in BirminghamBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday said it will hear oral arguments on April 28 on whether states can ban gay marriage, addressing a hot social issue in what promises to yield one of the justices' most important rulings of the year.


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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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