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Do You Have to Pay On-Call Employees for Their Time On-Call?
Mar 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 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 | 66 66 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 | 63 63 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 | 109 109 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 | 127 127 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 | 163 163 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 | 196 196 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 | 228 228 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 | 293 293 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 | 302 302 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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Extremists in GOP
Dear Editor: The demographics around the country have changed, and the extremists in the Republican Party see the presidency as out of reach. In my opinion, John Boehner, the speaker of the House, ...
Aug 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Show me the money
Dear Editor: Rob Astorino has to first show me the money before "We've got a governor's race here!" (Pol Position - July 31). Governor Andrew Cuomo has been running $161 million in feel-good ads pr...
Aug 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Preventing the next Gaza-Israel War
Dear Editor: There have now been three wars between Gaza and Israel in the past six years. If nothing is done to stop the protagonist - the Islamic resistance army more commonly known as Hamas - th...
Aug 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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More security
Dear Editor: There is no question about it, better security is needed at the city's landmarks given the latest incident in which both American flags were removed from the towers of the Brooklyn bri...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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On immigrants
Dear Editor: If it weren't for humans seeking a better life and migrating to our land, the United States would not have evolved into the greatness it has, thus attracting yet others here today with...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Change practices
Dear Editor: Recently, there have been numerous articles about the people who are leaving religious offerings in Jamaica Bay. These offerings are meant to represent beauty, prosperity and renewal. ...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lay off Briarwood
Dear Editor: Why do we negate the neighborhood we are living in? Sure, Briarwood has a lot of things that can create problems lately, but there are also great things. Hoover Park and Playground is ...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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What's good for the goose...
Dear Editor: Why not amend Councilman Daniel Garodnick's bill to compel businesses with 20 or more employees to offer Transit Check to include all 51 Council members along with several hundred City...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Give the school back
Dear Editor: On February 28, the Auburndale Improvement Association sent Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina a letter requesting to meet with her regarding PS 130 at 200-01 42nd Avenue in Bayside. To ...
Jul 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sincere thanks
Dear Editor: As president of the Friends of the Lefrak City Library and a member of the community, I want to publicly thank State Senator Jose Peralta for resolving an important community concern b...
Jul 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Selective memory
Dear Editor: Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood should look in the mirror before complaining about the inaction of Congress in passing legislation to fund the national Highway Trust fund. T...
Jul 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vote tells it all
Dear Editor:
 What is all this buzz about the Republican war on women? Is it just a political stunt to gain the female vote? Just recently there was the"Not My Boss' Business Act" put forth in the ...
Jul 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Goodbye drivable Flushing
Dear Editor: There was a groundbreaking ceremony last week at the Flushing Commons site that is replacing Municipal Parking Lot Number 1. Many think this new behemoth project is good for Flushing, ...
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nothing to be proud of
Dear Editor: Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito taking credit for the recent passage of a $75 billion municipal budget is nothing to be proud of. She presented the budget to her loyal flock of members j...
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Not Israel's fault
Dear Editor: Too many who find reason to oppose Israel in its occupation and seemingly hard-headed refusal to seek a negotiated peace with the Palestinians, this current conflict was not Israel’s f...
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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FILE- In this Aug. 19, 2011 file photo, Cardinal Edward Egan speaks with a reporter during an interview in New York. Egan, who was Archbishop-Emeritus, 12th bishop and 9th archbishop and 7th Cardinal of the See of New York, died of cardiac arrest, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in New York. He was 82. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Cardinal Edward Egan, the former archbishop of New York who oversaw a broad and sometimes unpopular financial overhaul of the archdiocese and played a prominent role in the city after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, died Thursday. He was 82.


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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2014 file photo, John Phillips works at his auto repair shop in Decatur, Ill. Phillips is quick to say he’s not a fan of President Barack Obama’s health care law, but says he’s worried about the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the law’s subsidies in roughly three dozen states, including Illinois. After mixed signals from the Supreme Court, states may have to take over quickly to prevent millions from potentially losing their coverage. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)MIAMI (AP) — Mixed signals from the Supreme Court have states on edge about the future of health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. And a summer decision from the justices leaves little time for backup planning.


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A plane that skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport hangs over the edge of the runway in New York, Thursday, March 5, 2015. The plane, from Atlanta, skidded off the runway while landing, and crashed through a chain-link fence. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — A Delta plane from Atlanta skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport while landing during a snowstorm Thursday and crashed through a chain-link fence, its nose coming to rest perilously close to the icy waters of a bay.


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