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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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Christina Moore, Ms. Brooklyn
Five frenzied months into her reign as Miss Brooklyn, Christina Moore is showing no signs of slowing down- or scaling back her hometown pride. “I am a Brooklyn girl, born and raised in good old Ben...
Feb 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dina Rosenbloom, founder of Rattle & Mum
Imagine a progressive community-minded play space where children and their parents alike can bond over music, theater and other lives performance, in between classes and gym time. Dina Rosenbloom a...
Feb 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Camille Newman, Entrepreneur
For plus-sized women, the fashion options are few and far between. Many designer brands only sell their plus-sized merchandise online. One exclusive Manhattan department store even moved its plus-s...
Jan 25, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Andrew Jackson, Executive Director of Langston Hughes Library
Andrew Jackson is man who’s all about Queens. Raised in Queens, he resides in Queens, works at the Queens Library and he recently authored a book about – you guessed it – Queens. Jackson is the exe...
Jan 18, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Everett Hughes, Principal, J.H.S. 292
Everett Hughes has marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and gone out to dinner with Jackie Robinson. But if you ask Hughes to name his greatest accomplishment, he will surely say transforming J...
Jan 18, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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David Eng, Record Producer
David Eng could be in Manhattan but he prefers Queens, particularly Flushing and Woodhaven. The record producer has made hits for names like Snow, Salt-N-Pepa, New York Dolls, Marky Mark and KISS. ...
Jan 11, 2011 | 3 3 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Professor Matthew K. Gold
Students at the New York City College of Technology have a wealth of new technologies at their disposal and access to Brooklyn's historic waterfront. Now, for the first time, they can combine the t...
Jan 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Anit Hora, Esthetician
Anit Hora, an that owns Veda Holistics in Williamsburg, received her training from the Aveda Institute in New York. But although that center gave her the professional training needed to start her o...
Jan 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alex Ewen, Co-Owner Neir's Tavern
Alex Ewen is a couple of things – a producer and one of the owners of the famed bar, Neir's Tavern in Woodhaven. Ewen, along with David Eng, Loycent Gordon and Andy Bigan own the bar that once set ...
Jan 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kevin Joseph, Co-Executive Artistic Director, Purelements
Dance was Kevin Joseph’s ticket out of East New York in the 1980’s. Now it’s the reason he’s returned. Joseph and business partner Lakai Worrell are the co-executive artistic directors and founders...
Dec 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Edward Owens, Cross-Country Runner
Edward Owens has a lot to be proud of. At 17, he is one of the fastest cross-country runners in the country. And to have that status just one year after he began cross-country running is a feat in ...
Dec 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gloria Rochester, QSCAN Founder
Gloria Rochester had not too long ago emigrated from Jamaica in 1973 when her fourth child was born. It was a time of joy like every other birth, but 18 months later, her daughter, Tyeisha, was dia...
Dec 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Suzette LaValle, Boutique Owner
After a successful fashion career that took her to Paris and SoHo, style maven Suzette LaValle is reinventing herself in a Clinton Hill boutique. LaValle opened her clothes store earlier this year ...
Dec 07, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Holly Tsang "Retiring" Community Editor
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Nov 30, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kaleena Ma, Co-owner of MK Vision Center
It’s not as if there aren’t already established optical businesses in Forest Hills. Kaleena Ma realizes this, but her family’s 30 years in the business and 7 optical stores also mean she knows all ...
Nov 16, 2010 | 2 2 comments | 38 38 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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