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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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Wrong move
Dear Editor: President Barack Obama has carried through with his threat and issues an executive order that would shield 5 million undocumented immigrants. But this will create massive problems, inc...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Goodwill for Astoria Cove
Dear Editor: Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey offers its support in favor of the Astoria Cove development project. Our headquarters is located adjacent to and south o...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tardy de Blasio
Dear Editor: Mayor Bill de Blasio gets out of bed late and arrives 20 minutes late for a memorial ceremony for those who died 13 years ago on November 12 aboard American Airlines flight 587. The fl...
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Give me blunt
Dear Editor: In the November 6th issue, dispatcher Robert LaRosa alleges that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ruined his presidential hopes by telling a man attending one of his speeches to keep...
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Stringer duties
Dear Editor: Comptroller Scott Stringer is a spoiled child having a temper tantrum. Perhaps he needs a timeout? Who knew that taxpayers are paying for members of the Police Department Intelligence ...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Blow to Obama
Dear Editor: The Republican victories across the country proved that Americans are unhappy with current leadership under President Barack Obama. There have been many issues that have been troubling...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Now get to work
Dear Editor: With the midterm elections over and many new people elected to office, it is now high time that the president sit down and work with all of our elected officials, both Republican and D...
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No unity among Dems
Dear Editor: Many registered Democratic Party voters could see through the hypocrisy of their candidates for governor, Senate and House. With one hand, they gladly accepted President Barack Obama's...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Balancing act
Dear Editor: Although the United States faces two years of divided government, having a Democratic president and Republican Congress need not bring total gridlock. This is an opportunity to pass re...
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Limited vs. local on the B41
Dear Editor: I've been writing about this situation for over three years, but I'm sure the problem has been going on for a lot longer. I've made complaints to the Community Assistance Desk at Borou...
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Who will really pay for airport upgrades?
Dear Editor: Governor Andrew Cuomo did a disservice to residents of Queens and nearby areas on Monday, October 20, when he called for plans to modernize LaGuardia and Kennedy airports without expla...
Nov 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sit down & shut up
Dear Editor: Congratulations to Chris Christie for finishing what he started. And by that I mean completely eliminating any last shred of dignity he had left and destroying any chance of ever becom...
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BOE needs new leaders
Dear Editor: Despite your endorsements for city and state office seekers, many readers couldn't vote for anyone on November 4 because they have no accessible polling place. This is painfully true i...
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Honor our veterans
Dear Editor: November 11 is the day to think about our honored veterans. For 238 years they have fought to defend those freedoms we hold most dear. I myself served in the United States Navy during ...
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Give thanks, not overtime
Dear Editor: Thanksgiving is supposed to be a holiday when families and friends gather to give thanks for the many blessings. There is absolutely no reason for any retailer or wholesaler to be open...
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Picture released by the Cypriot government's Press Information Office (PIO) shows Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades shaking hands with European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi (R) during a diner in Nicosia on March 4, 2015The European Central Bank Thursday held its key interest rates steady, as expected, as investors waited for ECB chief Mario Draghi to reveal more details of the bank's much-anticipated bond purchase programme. At the ECB's regular policy meeting, held in Nicosia, Cyprus this time instead of the usual venue of Frankfurt, the governing council voted to hold the benchmark "refi" refinancing rate at its current record low of 0.05 percent. Under the programme, the ECB plans to buy 60 billion euros ($68 billion) of private and public bonds each month for at least 18 months in a bid to ward off deflation in the euro area. The ECB will also publish its latest updated growth and inflation forecasts for the 19 countries that share the euro.


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By Clare Baldwin and Nicole Li HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's third-ranked leader wants greater attention paid to young people in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong, after they staged pro-democracy protests last year that shut down parts of the city for two and a half months. Zhang Dejiang, who heads China's largely rubber-stamp parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), said last year's "illegal acts" highlighted a need to focus on young people and possibly revive the idea of a patriotic curriculum, Hong Kong media said on Thursday. The comments echo remarks last month by the head of China's Hong Kong Liaison Office, who said Beijing aimed to tighten control of the global financial hub and warned that the central government could take a renewed interest in patriotic education, an issue that sparked mass protests in Hong Kong in 2012.
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The Bank of England is seen, with a statue in the foreground, in the City of LondonThe Bank of England marked the sixth anniversary of its cutting interest rates to a record low by keeping them on hold once again on Thursday, but an improving economy suggests rates are likely to rise at some point over the next 12 months. While no economist polled by Reuters expects the Monetary Policy Committee will vote to raise rates before a May 7 national election, given record low inflation, there are signs that policymakers believe a rate hike could come sooner rather than later. The BoE said on Thursday it was keeping rates at 0.5 percent, their level since the depths of the financial crisis. Business surveys this week showed Britain's economy started 2015 strongly, and wage data in the next few months could provide some policymakers with enough evidence that it can start to be weaned off low borrowing costs.


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