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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 | 108 108 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 so grand?
Dear Editor: Fascinating, but not shocking. I recently read a Dispatch by Nicholas Zizelis in which he stated that President Bill Clinton had received the honored Republican Lincoln Leadership Priz...
Mar 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dispatcher off
Dear Editor: I really had to laugh at the March 7th Dispatch of one Nicholas Zizelis speaking about the great philanderer Bill Clinton receiving a prize from the Lincoln Presidential Library Founda...
Mar 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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A most gracious evening
Dear Editor: On March 15, a few members of Chapter 32 of the Vietnam Veterans of America were invited to attend the Golden Gloves by John Baker of the I.B.E.W. Local 3. I attended and was treated l...
Mar 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Butt out!
Dear Editor: In 1776, the American people kicked out the tyrant King George III. With this, we the people became the sovereigns. Someone should remind the president, the governor, and the mayor tha...
Mar 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Quinn needs to run or serve, not both
Dear Editor: Remember past City Council Speakers Gifford Miller and Peter Vallone, Sr. both lost their respective Democratic mayoral primaries. ("Quinn kicks off bid with five-borough tour" - Andre...
Mar 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Candidate Thompson missed the point in op-ed
Dear Editor: I was disappointed by mayoral candidate and former comptroller William Thompson’s op-ed last week that the city “systemically” overlooks local media in allotting funds for public servi...
Mar 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Quinn not fit for public office
Dear Editor: A dangerous political phenomenon is the recent announcement of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's candidacy for mayor. A few simple facts will suffice to show why she is unsuitable...
Mar 22, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Curran will be missed
Dear Editor: The death of basketball coach Jack Curran is a very sad loss for Archbishop Molloy High School, the city, and the country. During his long and distinguished career he worked tirelessly...
Mar 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Grabbing headlines
Dear Editor: Along with many other New Yorkers, my condolences go out to the family and friends of Raizel and Nachman Glauber. However, why after all these years do Assemblyman David Weprin and Sta...
Mar 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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If elected, let's hope she can pull it off
Dear Editor: Speaker Christine Quinn made it official and is running for mayor of one of our country's greatest cities. If elected she would be the first openly gay woman to hold this office. Now, ...
Mar 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don't destroy a successful program
Dear Editor: On March 6, the PTA of P.S. 122 held a massive rally that filled the school’s auditorium with concerned parents, teachers, kids, educators and legislators. The reason: the Department o...
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Feds shouldn't tell us what to eat
Dear Editor: There seems to be an international war on obesity. Among the world's industrialized nations, the United States bears the dubious distinction of being the world's fattest. In 1992, the ...
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The church is broke?
Dear Editor: I was just wondering where the church gets the money for the splendor of Vatican City and the millions to pay for the pedophile priest lawsuits, yet is impoverished when it comes to ke...
Mar 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Time to think outside the (mail)box
Dear Editor: With last year's $16 billion loss, combined with another increase in the price of stamps to 46 cents for a first-class letter, now "USPS announces that it will stop delivering on Satur...
Feb 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rubio's rebuttal a joke
Dear Editor: Marco Rubio's rebuttal to the State of the Union speech was a rehash of the embarrassing speech that he gave at the Republican National Convention. From the rebuttal, one could tell th...
Feb 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces the death penalty if convicted of killing three people and wounding 264 in April 2013Survivors of the Boston marathon bombings choked back tears Wednesday as they told how a day of celebration turned into a horrific urban war zone of torn limbs and burnt flesh. Victims recalled smoke, chaos and terrified screams as they lay in excruciating pain fearing death from the deadly blasts near the finish line at the 2013 race. Karen McWatters, a mother of two who lost a leg, told how she held hands with Krystle Campbell, one of the three people who were killed, and how she felt life ebbing from her close friend. Despite agonizing injuries, McWatters said she pulled herself over burning pieces of shrapnel to get close to her friend.


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US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert (C) he leaves the Sejong Cultural Institute in Seoul on March 5, 2015, after he was slashed on his face and arm by a blade-wielding assailant shouting anti-war slogansThe US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was recovering from surgery Thursday after having his face and arm slashed by a knife-wielding activist in an attack applauded by North Korean state media. US Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington will never be deterred by "acts of violence" as the ambassador was rushed to hospital where his condition was described as stable after two-and-a-half hours of surgery that included 80 stitches to a deep gash on his right cheek. In a brief despatch, North Korea's official KCNA news agency called the attack "just punishment" and a valid "expression of resistance" that reflected South Korean public opposition to the joint drills which went ahead over Pyongyang's bitter protests.


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Crows sit on braches of a tree under snowfall on March 5, 2015 in Washington, DCA major winter storm slammed parts of the United States Thursday, as thousands of flights were canceled and government offices shut down in anticipation of more than half a foot of snow in the nation's capital. Snow started to fall in some parts of Washington DC Thursday, where the Office of Personnel Management ordered government employees to stay home. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cautioned.


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