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Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 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 | 54 54 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 | 100 100 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 | 118 118 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 | 154 154 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 | 187 187 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 | 220 220 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 | 282 282 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 | 291 291 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 ...
A Different Slant on Class-Based Hiring Discrimination
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 271 271 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Most employers are familiar with the pitfalls of discriminating against applicants in protected classes under Civil Rights laws. For the most part, African Americans, Hispan...

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Friedrich still really hates flyer
Speaking of contentious races, the way Bob Friedrich is making the rounds criticizing David Weprin and his former campaign manager, Corey Bearak, you might be surprised to hear that the election to...
Mar 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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The curious case of Monserrate's endorsements
If you can't get anybody to endorse you today, just use the kind words they said about you yesterday. That's what Hiram Monserrate is doing in his race for State Senate. On his website, he has mess...
Mar 09, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trying to clear his name
There is certainly something to be said for never giving up. Of course, there is also something to be said for knowing when to give up. Apparently Bob Friedrich is still smarting from his loss to D...
Mar 09, 2010 | 3 3 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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It'll all be over in two weeks
We're really sorry here at Pol Position if we are boring you to death with this whole special election for the Queens State Senate seat that was forcefully vacated by Hiram Monserrate, but we admit...
Mar 02, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Will he stay or will he go?
By the time you get around to reading this week's Pol Position, New York State might be without a governor. Again. Reports are swirling as we go to press that Governor David Paterson is not long fo...
Mar 02, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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There's just something extra special about this election
Just when you thought things couldn't get any stranger, things go and get just downright bizarre. No, goslings, we're not talking about the new season of Lost, we're talking about the special elect...
Feb 23, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Halloran v. Ackerman?
Could Congressman Gary Ackerman face a Republican challenger - perhaps a more formidable one than he has had to face in other elections – come this November? He will if the president of the Whitest...
Feb 23, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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That Paterson is one tough cookie
Things just keep getting worse for Governor David Paterson, and to his credit, Paterson just keeps getting surlier and surlier! Things have always been rocky for Paterson since he was thrust into t...
Feb 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kirsten is back in our lives
Kirsten, we thought you forgot about us! While Harold Ford, Jr. has been making the rounds in an attempt to make a name for himself should he decide to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in a Dem...
Feb 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Will our Alex Keaton reference be lost on them all?
What the hell is going on in the Queens political scene?! First – seemingly out of nowhere – the Republican Party is able to get three – three! - members of the GOP elected to the City Council. In ...
Feb 09, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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What's in a name? A lot!
We've finally gotten over the fact that Jon Stewart completely and utterly ripped off our idea of skewering the political scene into a hilarious mixture of psuedo-facts and outrageous commentary, s...
Feb 09, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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All for a good "Kos"
Not afraid to admit when we are a) wrong, b) completely off the mark, and/or c) really screwing the pooch, we here at Pol Position feel compelled to set the record straight because we really droppe...
Feb 02, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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A severe case of 'member head'
A couple of years back, Pol Position got the rare chance to pick the brain of a political lobbyist who had strong ties to and worked closely with elected officials throughout the city, and therefor...
Jan 26, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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The XPols are proud
A little birdie - but not the one you see on Twitter - has told Pol Position that a group of aspiring and politically addicted city journos has come together to create a Political Fantasy league. T...
Jan 26, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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It's about the issues, but let's not talk about it
Ostensibly, any political race is supposed to be about the issues, but as is often the case, the issues get pushed to the back as attacks at an opponent's character, personal shortcomings, sexual t...
Jan 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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US investigators launched dawn raids Tuesday on two dozen Los Angeles locations suspected of offering "maternity tourism" for mostly Chinese mothers wanting to give birth in the United StatesUS investigators launched dawn raids Tuesday on dozens of Los Angeles locations suspected of offering "maternity tourism" services for mostly Chinese mothers wanting to give birth in the United States. The raids targeted apartment complexes in the Irvine, Rancho Cucamonga, Rowland Heights and Walnut districts outside LA where the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says foreign clients are housed. Kice said the raids, in three dozen locations overall, aimed to gather "further evidence related to a variety of possible criminal violations, including visa and tax fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy." According to ICE, the maternity tourism businesses cater mostly to Chinese women who pay $15,000-$50,000 for the services, which can include getting social security numbers and US passports for their offspring. Kice added that investigators alleged that "the operators of the maternity tourism businesses coached clients to misrepresent the purpose of their visit in order to obtain tourist visas to enter the US." "Business operators also instructed clients to wear loose clothing on their inbound flights and not carry baby paraphernalia in their luggage to avoid arousing suspicion when being inspected" by US customs officers.


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Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif addresses Human Rights Council at UN in GenevaBy Arshad Mohammed MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran rejected on Tuesday as "unacceptable" U.S. President Barack Obama's demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years but said it would continue talks on a deal, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported. Iran laid out the position as the U.S. and Iranian foreign ministers met for a second day of negotiations and as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a stinging critique of the agreement they are trying to hammer out. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met a day after Obama told Reuters that Iran must commit to a verifiable halt of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear work for a landmark atomic deal to be reached. "Iran will not accept excessive and illogical demands," Zarif was quoted by Fars as saying.


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FILE -In this Feb. 26, 2015 file photo, First lady Michelle Obama speaks in Washington. Michelle Obama will promote educating girls around the world during a mid-March visit to U.S. ally Japan, and to Cambodia, a place where the government's record on human rights gave her husband pause during a reluctant visit a couple of years ago. Mrs. Obama will visit Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan, from March 18-20 and end the trip with a March 21-22 stop in Siem Reap in northwestern Cambodia, the White House said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has announced a new government-wide initiative to help millions of girls around the world attend and stay school.


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