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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 | 63 63 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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Kudos to QQS
Dear Editor: It is with great pleasure that I read of the accomplishments of Queens Quiet Skies and other entities in convincing Governor Andrew Cuomo to advocate for mitigation of the noise and po...
Apr 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 117 117 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bad debt
Dear Editor: Concerning ongoing negotiations with various municipal unions, including the very powerful United Federation of Teachers (UFT), behind closed doors, Mayor Bill de Blasio reminds me of ...
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Bag the bag fee
Dear Editor: The City Council is ready to vote on a 10-cent fee for consumers who don't use their own bags at checkout. The ideal is to get the consumers to bring in their own reusable bags. Mayor ...
Apr 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend
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Free for who?
Dear Editor: So now Public Advocate Letitia James is lobbying the myopic Carmen Farina of the Education Department for a policy of free lunch for all students without any financial considerations o...
Mar 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 111 111 recommendations | email to a friend
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Make a difference
Dear Editor: I think that most of us are aware of our elected officials and the job that they do on behalf of our communities, but we should also recognize the contribution that our community board...
Mar 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 113 113 recommendations | email to a friend
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Build the terminal
Dear Editor: Construction of a Flushing Intermodal Bus Terminal might be a better alternative to "New bus routes near church" (Shane Miller - March 13). In the early 1960's, Flushing Municipal Park...
Mar 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 115 115 recommendations | email to a friend
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What security?
Dear Editor: I found it quite disturbing to read that a 16-year-old youth climbed all the way to the top of the World Trade Center and was not stopped. Now my question was where was security, or la...
Mar 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
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No to ID cards
Dear Editor: Mayor Bill de Blasio in his State of the City Address offered a plan to the city’s almost half-million undocumented to issue municipal identification cards regardless of immigration st...
Mar 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 108 108 recommendations | email to a friend
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Competing quotes
Dear Editor: I had to chuckle recently upon reading a letter in which the writer cautions the self-congratulating Ed Konecnik to be careful not to dislocate his shoulder while constantly patting hi...
Mar 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 106 106 recommendations | email to a friend
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A true patriot
Dear Editor: Edward Rieck’s response (2/27 issue) to Mirza Ghulam Haseeb’s letter was disheartening and downright offensive. The horror of September 11th and other terrorist attacks is in no way a ...
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Ayn’s intent
Dear Editor: In response to Dr. Joe Brooks’ misdiagnosis of Ayn Rand’s philosophy as sociopathic, it is obvious he has misinterpreted her theories or never read her novels or treatises. It is easy ...
Mar 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dumber than phones
Dear Editor: Instead of demanding that smartphone makers put a kill switch on their devices, legislators and law enforcement officials should demand that smartphone users put a kill switch on their...
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Budget solution
Dear Editor: Here is one way to end gridlock in Washington: why not return to the time when Congress held budget hearings for each department during the summer. A real balanced budget was adopted d...
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Pols' stance off on Martin Van Buren
Dear Editor: In the last week, a number of elected officials have lamented the Department of Education's decision not to withdraw the co-location plans at Martin Van Buren High School. Unfortunatel...
Mar 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 112 112 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hypocrites
Dear Editor: Dispatcher Ed Konecnik seems to embrace the sociopathic philosophy of Ayn Rand and her disciple Paul Ryan, i.e., one is only responsible for oneself. These detesters of welfare had no ...
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Health workers wearing protective equipment are disinfected outside the Island Clinic in Monrovia, where patients are treated for EbolaGuinea and Sierra Leone reported 132 new confirmed cases of Ebola in the week to March 1, an increase of 34 over the previous week, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Liberia did not report any new confirmed infections in the week for the first time since May last year, but disease surveillance may not be optimal given the low number of samples, the U.N. agency said in its latest update on West Africa's epidemic. Only half of the 51 new infections in Guinea came from registered contacts of Ebola patients and some cases are only identified after post-mortem testing, it said. "The number of confirmed Ebola virus disease deaths occurring in the community in Guinea and Sierra Leone remains high, suggesting that the need for early isolation and treatment is not yet understood, accepted or acted upon," the WHO said in a statement.


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Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein, left, reaches for a rebound over Arkansas' Bobby Portis during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It might be a two-man game when it comes to the race for player of the year.


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File photo of Australian Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran waiting in a temporary cell for their appeal hearing in Denpasar District Court in Indonesia's resort island of BaliJAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's deputy foreign minister Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir said on Thursday the government has rejected Australia's proposal of a prisoner swap to save the lives of two convicted Australian drug traffickers on death row, media reported. The rejection of the deal was reported by Indonesia's MetroTV. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had proposed a prisoner swap to her Indonesian counterpart in an 11th hour bid to save the lives Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, who are due to face a firing squad within days. ...


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