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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 | 107 107 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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Extremists in GOP
Dear Editor: The demographics around the country have changed, and the extremists in the Republican Party see the presidency as out of reach. In my opinion, John Boehner, the speaker of the House, ...
Aug 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Show me the money
Dear Editor: Rob Astorino has to first show me the money before "We've got a governor's race here!" (Pol Position - July 31). Governor Andrew Cuomo has been running $161 million in feel-good ads pr...
Aug 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Preventing the next Gaza-Israel War
Dear Editor: There have now been three wars between Gaza and Israel in the past six years. If nothing is done to stop the protagonist - the Islamic resistance army more commonly known as Hamas - th...
Aug 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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More security
Dear Editor: There is no question about it, better security is needed at the city's landmarks given the latest incident in which both American flags were removed from the towers of the Brooklyn bri...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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On immigrants
Dear Editor: If it weren't for humans seeking a better life and migrating to our land, the United States would not have evolved into the greatness it has, thus attracting yet others here today with...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Change practices
Dear Editor: Recently, there have been numerous articles about the people who are leaving religious offerings in Jamaica Bay. These offerings are meant to represent beauty, prosperity and renewal. ...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lay off Briarwood
Dear Editor: Why do we negate the neighborhood we are living in? Sure, Briarwood has a lot of things that can create problems lately, but there are also great things. Hoover Park and Playground is ...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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What's good for the goose...
Dear Editor: Why not amend Councilman Daniel Garodnick's bill to compel businesses with 20 or more employees to offer Transit Check to include all 51 Council members along with several hundred City...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Give the school back
Dear Editor: On February 28, the Auburndale Improvement Association sent Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina a letter requesting to meet with her regarding PS 130 at 200-01 42nd Avenue in Bayside. To ...
Jul 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sincere thanks
Dear Editor: As president of the Friends of the Lefrak City Library and a member of the community, I want to publicly thank State Senator Jose Peralta for resolving an important community concern b...
Jul 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Selective memory
Dear Editor: Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood should look in the mirror before complaining about the inaction of Congress in passing legislation to fund the national Highway Trust fund. T...
Jul 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vote tells it all
Dear Editor:
 What is all this buzz about the Republican war on women? Is it just a political stunt to gain the female vote? Just recently there was the"Not My Boss' Business Act" put forth in the ...
Jul 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Goodbye drivable Flushing
Dear Editor: There was a groundbreaking ceremony last week at the Flushing Commons site that is replacing Municipal Parking Lot Number 1. Many think this new behemoth project is good for Flushing, ...
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nothing to be proud of
Dear Editor: Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito taking credit for the recent passage of a $75 billion municipal budget is nothing to be proud of. She presented the budget to her loyal flock of members j...
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Not Israel's fault
Dear Editor: Too many who find reason to oppose Israel in its occupation and seemingly hard-headed refusal to seek a negotiated peace with the Palestinians, this current conflict was not Israel’s f...
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2013 file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Congressional aides say the special House committee investigating the 2012 attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, will issue subpoenas for Clinton's personal emails. The aides say that possible as early as Wednesday, the committee will seek the additional material from the potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House counsel's office was not aware when Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of state that she relied solely on a private email account.


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LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England has opted to keep interest rates steady at 0.5 percent even as the economic recovery brings the prospect of rate hikes closer.
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A armoured personnel carrier belonging to the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic army drives near Donetsk airportBy Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and another wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the east, military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov said on Thursday, as Kiev accused rebels of increasing violations of a ceasefire deal. President Petro Poroshenko, whose initiative to boost the armed forces by a third was passed easily in parliament, has called the ceasefire the last chance for peace with the pro-Russian rebels. Some 6,000 people have been killed in fighting since separatists took up arms last year in Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland - the 'Donbass' - in response to the overthrow of the Moscow-backed president, Viktor Yanukovich, in Kiev. Another military spokesman said rebels had attacked Ukrainian troops' positions or civilian targets 40 times within the previous 24 hours, including 17 artillery attacks.


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