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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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Racism can end
Dear Editor: As two persons - one black, one white - who have been friends for over 25 years, we like so many others are very angry at the killing of young Trayvon Martin. We feel it is a national ...
Apr 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who's debt?
Dear Editor: Regarding a letter in the March 22nd edition decrying the additional national debt incurred during the Obama presidency, the writer makes the point that the devil is in the details. I ...
Apr 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tale of two days
Dear Editor: Monday, March 26 Today the Supreme Court has started listening to arguments pro and con relative to the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 pass...
Apr 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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The more things change...
Dear Editor: You can learn from history by reading "Legislature Speeds Dewey's Bills To Raise Realty Taxes and Fares" (Back In The Day Long Island Star Journal March 17, 1953), as the same issues f...
Mar 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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A 'thank you' to CB9
Dear Editor, Seven years ago after Richmond Hill and Kew Gardens were rezoned, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, began the quest for Woodhaven to be rezoned. We approached the Woodhave...
Mar 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Justice is served for Clementi
Dear Editor: Dharun Ravi was convicted of a hate crime by using a a web camera to spy on his roommate at Rutgers University in a romantic encounter with another man and broadcast it. Tyler Clementi...
Mar 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gas documentary at real eye-opener
Dear Editor: In 1975, we had an Audi Fox, and for $5 I drove around the city for more than a week. Back then, I thought that at this point in time we would be getting something like 60 miles per ga...
Mar 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Debt? No doubt!
Dear Editor: President Barack Obama and Congress passed a $145 billion payroll tax extension along with other goodies. It sounds great, but the devil is in the details. It illustrates how governmen...
Mar 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Santorum doesn't grasp energy problems
Dear Editor: The Republicans have found a new cause to champion: the price of gas. Rick Santorum tells us that the spike in oil prices when President Obama took office contributed to the financial ...
Mar 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Aesop was right on
Dear Editor: It is disconcerting to think of our government as an embezzler cooking the books. Originally, the dollar was more than just a piece of paper with a picture of a president. It represent...
Mar 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ten reasons for Paul
Dear Editor: Ten good reasons not to vote for Ron Paul 1) I'm happy with the status quo. 2) Spending levels are where they should be. 3) I prefer candidates that sing to me, flatter me and tell me ...
Mar 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nonprofits can afford to pay
Dear Editor: Councilman David Greenfield opposing the city charging so-called private nonprofit groups paying for trash and recycling is disappointing ("Pol: making non-profits pay is pure garbage"...
Mar 12, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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On the separation of church and state
Dear Editor: Nowhere in the Constitution does it actually say that there is to be a separation of church and state. Religions are protected by the First Amendment, which clearly says “Congress shal...
Mar 12, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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End the monitoring
Dear Editor: The Department of Homeland Security's Media Monitoring Initiative gives federal agents the power to gather, store, analyze and disseminate data on millions of users of social media inc...
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Economic recovery?
Dear Editor: Our economy is recovering? Not so fast. Those that are publicly declaring that our economy is recovery are ignoring a whole host of issues that indicate that the U.S. economy is in abs...
Mar 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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