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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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Letizia Barbetta, Children's Book Author
When Letizia Barbetta's daughter asked her if there was ever a princess who suffers from food allergies, an idea for a children's book sparked in her head. Barbetta was born in Milan but grew up be...
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John Dereszewski
Activist/Historian
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Chris Hudson Camp Highlight
Chris Hudson started Camp Highlight in 2010 to give kids from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) families a place to meet others like them in a safe, tolerant space. Hudson, who lives in...
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Richard Fisher City Tech 2012 Valedictorian
One might think that Richard Fisher chose a circuitous path to a college degree and academic achievement. But it ended up working out just fine that way for him, as he has been named New York City ...
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Eleonora Lupyan, Journey Dance instructor
If you haven't heard of Journey Dance, one instructor in Forest Hills can introduce you to the relatively new form of exercise and meditation. Eleonora Lupyan, a former professional ballroom dancer...
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Caroline Hellman City Tech professor
Through the Literary Arts Festival at the City College of Technology, Caroline Hellman has found a way to connect the Downtown Brooklyn community with the rest of the borough, and even with the lar...
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Dr. Melissa Lee Mount Sinai Hospital
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Franklin Mora Queens Economic Development Corporation
As director of business services at the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC), Franklin Mora works to help small businesses across Queens acquire the skills and knowledge they need to thri...
Apr 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Terence Hughes Executive Director, Variety Boys and Girls Club
Variety Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Terry Hughes took a job in Western Queens to apply his expertise in a neighborhood that needs it. Originally from Connecticut, Hughes ran a Boys and G...
Apr 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jason DaSilva
Filmmaker
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Evie Hantzopoulos
Executive Director, Global Kids
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Maria Thomson
Community Activist
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Rosa Valado
Founder, Greenpoint Film Festival
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Masha Radzinsky, Bushwick City Farm
Masha Radzinsky walked passed an empty lot on in Bushwick coming from the subway on her way home from work every day. “One day I just decided, it sure would be nice to turn it into a garden,” she s...
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Alana Sweeny, Police Athletic League
Alana Sweeny was recently chosen to be the new Queens director of the Police Athletic League (PAL), making her the organization’s first female executive director since its founding in 1914. Sweeny ...
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FILE In this Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 file photo, a health care worker, right, takes the temperatures of school children for signs of the Ebola virus before they enter their school in the city of Conakry, Guinea. The World Health Organization says it will soon start large-scale testing of an experimental Ebola vaccine in Guinea to see how effective it might be in preventing future outbreaks of the dreaded virus. In a statement issued on Thursday, March 5, 2015, the U.N. health agency said the study will be focused in Basse Guinee, the region that currently has the most Ebola cases in the country. (AP Photo/Youssouf Bah, File)LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization will start large-scale testing of an experimental Ebola vaccine in Guinea on Saturday to see how effective it might be in preventing future outbreaks of the deadly virus.


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Two protestors walk in front of a banner during an anti austerity demonstration outside a European Central Bank Governing Council meeting at the conference center in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Several thousand demonstrators in Cyprus called for an end to austerity policies they say has driven many in the bailed-out country to poverty. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Central Bank will face questions on the details of its bond-buying stimulus program when it holds a policy meeting and press conference Thursday.


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Snow falls near the entrance of Noble Park, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Paducah, Ky. A storm stretching from northern Texas to southern New England is set to bring what could be winter’s last significant snowfall for the East Coast. (AP Photo/The Paducah Sun, John Paul Henry)Much of the South was forecast to see temperatures drop 30 to 45 degrees in a 24-hour period thanks to yet another arctic cold front, according to the latest forecasts.


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