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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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Not that simple
Dear Editor: After reading the letter written by Margaret Fogel in the January 8th issue, I didn't know whether to laugh or go into shock. She refers to Republicans as negativists and that to live ...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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World looks to US
Dear Editor: The world is in turmoil. Perhaps it is just a continuation of the human condition but in this moment it is all so overpowering. Death and hatred torment us daily from all corners of th...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Good start to 2015
Dear Editor: Great way to start a new year: low gas prices, soaring stock market highest in history, record private sector job growth and growing manufacturing. It proves the old quip that if you w...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cut meat in 2015
Dear Editor: It’s time for New Year’s resolutions, particularly those about our health. Although gun violence remains the leading cause of death among young people, our most dangerous weapon is sti...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Support the police
Dear Editor: Support the troops at home the same way we support our servicemen abroad. To all law enforcement officials everywhere, thank you for your service and sacrifice, for your courage, tirel...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fire protesting professor
Dear Editor: As a Queens College graduate (1962) and commencement speaker (2012), I'm outraged that QC adjunct English professor Eric Linsker was among the mob of cop-haters who "allegedly" attacke...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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RIP Andrew Rothman
Dear Editor: Andrew Rothman passed away on December 24, 2014, at a much too early age. We served together as members of Community Board 11 for a number of years. I was always impressed by the amoun...
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Connect with Cuba
Dear Editor: With the release of that American who was being held by the Cuban government, hopefully a new chapter can be established in relations between the U. S. and Cuba. For over 50 years, the...
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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New rules unfair
Dear Editor: Regarding the new Department of Sanitation electronics recycling rules, a person who takes care of the trash for an apartment building of more than 10 units can call and have a single ...
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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The skinny on Sharpton
Dear Editor: No justice! No pizza! Cholesterol killed mozzarella! Running from demonstration to demonstration, it is no wonder that Al Sharpton has lost so much weight. He has no time to eat. Sharp...
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Do more doo-wop
Dear Editor: After attending a doo-wop concert featuring artists of the 50’s and 60’s. I was reminded of a caller to Michael Savage's radio show who took issue with his playing of some classic “son...
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Expanded library hours
Dear Editor: I want to introduce myself to you and the residents of Queens. I started my library career as a children's librarian trainee in Suffolk County, while pursuing my Masters of Library Sci...
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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A moderate's view
Dear Editor: As a registered Independent, I’ve regrettably grown accustomed to debating issues from the middle as extremists to the left and right shout hateful vitriol at one another at the tops o...
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Learn a simple oath
Dear Editor: Forget retraining police at a cost of $29 million. Instead, require every student, adult and elected representative of this great city and country to learn, understand and recite the f...
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pick up electronics
Dear Editor: As of January 2015, the Department of Sanitation will no longer collect electronics such as televisions, computers and printers.People will have to lug their old items to a Best Buy or...
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2013 file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Congressional aides say the special House committee investigating the 2012 attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, will issue subpoenas for Clinton's personal emails. The aides say that possible as early as Wednesday, the committee will seek the additional material from the potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House counsel's office was not aware when Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of state that she relied solely on a private email account.


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LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England has opted to keep interest rates steady at 0.5 percent even as the economic recovery brings the prospect of rate hikes closer.
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A armoured personnel carrier belonging to the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic army drives near Donetsk airportBy Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and another wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the east, military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov said on Thursday, as Kiev accused rebels of increasing violations of a ceasefire deal. President Petro Poroshenko, whose initiative to boost the armed forces by a third was passed easily in parliament, has called the ceasefire the last chance for peace with the pro-Russian rebels. Some 6,000 people have been killed in fighting since separatists took up arms last year in Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland - the 'Donbass' - in response to the overthrow of the Moscow-backed president, Viktor Yanukovich, in Kiev. Another military spokesman said rebels had attacked Ukrainian troops' positions or civilian targets 40 times within the previous 24 hours, including 17 artillery attacks.


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