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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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Votes aren't there for commuter tax
Dear Editor It will be interesting to see if 2103 mayoral candidate Scott Stinger can count on his Albany allies for implementation of the non-resident commuter tax. Democratic Assembly Speaker Sil...
May 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two tax lots means lots of problems
Dear Editor: According to New York State Law, property owners are required to pay property taxes whether or not they receive a bill. While I agree that it is a homeowner’s responsibility to ensure ...
May 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Time to collect on old student loans
There is another solution to President Barack Obama and the Democrats call for finding $5.9 billion to prevent interest rates on Stafford student loans increasing from 3.4 to 6.8 percent in July. P...
Apr 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitalism alive and well, just not here
Dear Editor: In spite of the bongo-banging 99 percenters denouncing the evils of capitalism, something they have never actually seen in their lifetimes, billions are waking up to the empowerment of...
Apr 30, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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North Korea a ticking timebomb
Dear Editor: The situation with North Korea is, at best, very precarious. The country is saber rattling again, and the United States and the rest of the international community needs to be very war...
Apr 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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The other sinking ship
Dear Editor: We heard a lot about the Titanic last week. It was a tragic accident, to be sure, but the story of the Lusitania is much more interesting, tragic and sinister, to say the least. The si...
Apr 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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R.I.P. Dick Clark
Dear Editor; I am sadden as many are about the passing of Dick Clark, who was called America's oldest teenager. He was larger than life and brought rock and roll into our homes for many years. I re...
Apr 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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We have to admit we have a problem
Dear Editor: I have reluctantly concluded that the economic, political, and cultural challenges we face may never be resolved. The truth about our country’s condition and prognosis is not reported ...
Apr 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Legalize it, don't criminalize it
Dear Editor: Recent news that Governor Andrew Cuomo will not support legislation to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes in 2012 is disappointing. Despite the best efforts of both g...
Apr 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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The business of politics
Dear Editor: The local press is awash with statements that the upcoming Democratic Primary for the nomination in the newly created 6th Congressional District “...is a short time for the candidates ...
Apr 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Money flowing freely to Big Oil
Dear Editor: On March 29, Republicans in the Senate calling the bill a political stunt, blocked legislation to strip billions of dollars in tax breaks for the biggest U.S. oil companies. A last min...
Apr 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thanks on behalf of the ALA
Dear Editor: As we approach National Volunteer Appreciation Week, the Lung Association wishes to call attention to the volunteers who give their time and talent to further our mission of saving liv...
Apr 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gambling a bad bet
Dear Editor: Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder is happing that legalized gambling will be coming to New York. I wonder if the legislator realizes how many of his constituents will be throwing their mon...
Apr 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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GOP shows it true colors
Dear Editor: Finally, the Republicans are laying down their ground rules. First, they won't eliminate tax breaks for big oil, and now the party of small government wants to bring back earmarks. Wit...
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Allow priests to marry
Dear Editor: The recent criticism by Pope Benedict XVI that priests should not question celibacy is totally typical for an institution that refuses to accept change. The Catholic Church continues t...
Apr 09, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, left, and general manager Rick Spielman leave the home of NFL running back Adrian Peterson, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. in The Woodlands, Texas. Zimmer and Spielman met with Peterson to discuss his future with the NFL football team. (AP Photo/Conroe Courier, Jason Fochtman)The Minnesota Vikings have made their in-person pitch to Adrian Peterson, the latest step toward resolving the star running back's unclear status.


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Jun Lei, CEO of Chinese smartphone company and a delegate to the National People's Congress, poses for a selfie as he talks to journalists gathered outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Thousands of delegates from all over the country are in the Chinese capital this week to attend the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the National People's Congress. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING (AP) — China has set an official economic growth target of about 7 percent for this year, according to a work report to be delivered Thursday by the country's premier.


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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2014, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passes against the Buffalo Bills during an NFL football game in Denver. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Manning will return for a fourth season in Denver and 18th in the NFL. Manning will reduce his salary from $19 million to $15 million in 2015, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. However, he can make up all of the $4 million pay cut by reaching certain performance benchmarks. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Hold that gold watch. Peyton Manning is taking one more shot at the silver trophy.


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