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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 | 64 64 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 | 161 161 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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Shifty Shelly must be dumped
Dear Editor: Why do most Democratic Assembly members act like chew toys for Speaker Sheldon Silver? He disgraced his party and legislative chamber by paying off Albany sex abuse victims with taxpay...
Jun 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 187 187 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two kinds of candidates
Dear Editor: There are two groups of candidates using different methods to become the next mayor. Democrats Sal Albanese, William Thompson and Erick Salgado, Republicans John Catsimatidis, Joseph L...
Jun 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 187 187 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dispatcher wrong on gay Scout decision
Dear Editor: This is in response to Frederick Bedell's letter in the June 6th edition in which he decries the Boy Scouts' decision to permit gay youth as "opposed to the principles of the Boy Scout...
Jun 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 219 219 recommendations | email to a friend
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Welcome to 1984
Dear Editor: The federal government has been accused of collecting data on all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as w...
Jun 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 219 219 recommendations | email to a friend
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Oppose the WEA
Dear Editor: I am strongly opposed to Governor Andrew Cuomo's "Women's Equality Act" because it includes language to expand abortion in New York State. New York leads the nation in its rate of abor...
Jun 18, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 210 210 recommendations | email to a friend
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ConEd destroying trees
Dear Editor: They’ve struck again: the tree manglers hired by Con Edison to “trim” trees near overhead power lines. Trees are being mutilated and disfigured by the manglers cutting the centers out ...
Jun 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 194 194 recommendations | email to a friend
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Willets Point fiasco
Dear Editor: Community Board 7’s vote two weeks ago to approve by a narrow margin the new expanded Willets Point plan further sealed the Iron Triangle’s fate. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is now in a hu...
Jun 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 236 236 recommendations | email to a friend
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Boy Scouts made a bad decision
Dear Editor: The Boy Scouts of America approved a resolution to allow gay youth to join the Boy Scouts, but not adults. Now that I find quite troubling. The Boy Scouts made a compromise that, in my...
Jun 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 240 240 recommendations | email to a friend
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Columnist right on with ferry observations
Dear Editor: I could not agree more with "The Importance of Rockaway Ferry Service" (Strictly Stasi - May 30). Our waterways are an underutilized natural asset which can offer significant transport...
Jun 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 237 237 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mayor Weiner? Why not!
Dear Editor: The news that former Congressman Anthony Weiner is going to run as a candidate in the New York City mayoral race is good. While his behavior a couple of years ago was not respectable, ...
May 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 221 221 recommendations | email to a friend
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Return PS 130 to District 25
Dear Editor: PS 130, located at 200-01 42nd Avenue in Bayside, currently serves mainly District 25 students. The school, however, is geographically in District 26 and historically was a K-6 and K-8...
May 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 187 187 recommendations | email to a friend
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Are we ready?
Dear Editor: Our planet’s climate is changing, and the impact on our daily weather has been extreme. Look at the tornado that hit Brooklyn and Northeast Queens, the Hurricane Sandy disaster, the am...
May 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 193 193 recommendations | email to a friend
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Save city's newsstands
Dear Editor: Speaker Christine Quinn's recent proposal to allow newsstand operators to sell non-newspaper products for up to $10 versus today's current $5 limit makes sense. Prior to the 1962 newsp...
May 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 191 191 recommendations | email to a friend
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No to zo
nes for food trucks Dear Editor: Recent legislation introduced by Manhattan Councilman Dan Garodnick to limit the number of food trucks and establish “food truck zones” is disappointing to thousand...
May 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 135 135 recommendations | email to a friend
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MTA fails again
Dear Editor: I wish I didn't have to write this letter, but the MTA monopoly failed the public trust once again. On May 14, at Beach 105th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard at 10:29 p.m. I waited...
May 22, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 129 129 recommendations | email to a friend
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U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Joseph Westphal, right, stands with Secretary of State John Kerry as he arrives at Riyadh Air Base, on Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Kerry planned to meet with Arab Gulf state allies in Riyadh Thursday before sitting down with the foreign ministers of France, Britain, and Germany in Paris on Saturday to share the state of the Iran nuclear negotiations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought Thursday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging nuclear deal with Iran and explore ways to calm instability in Yemen and other troubled nations in the Middle East.


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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2011, file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya. Clinton used a personal email account during her time as secretary of state, rather than a government-issued email address, potentially hampering efforts to archive official government documents required by law. Clinton's office said nothing was illegal or improper about her use of the non-government account and that she believed her business emails to State Department and other .gov accounts would be archived in accordance with government rules. (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the State Department to release the emails she wrote from a private email account as secretary of state, weighing in on a controversy that has generated negative attention this week for the likely Democratic presidential candidate.


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China has lowered its 2015 economic growth target to "approximately seven percent", as authorities seek a more sustainable path for the world's second-largest economy after its decades-long boomChina lowered its 2015 economic growth target to "approximately seven percent" Thursday, scaling down expectations in the face of "formidable" difficulties for the world's second-largest economy after its decades-long boom. The figure announced by Premier Li Keqiang is the lowest since a similar goal in 2004 and comes after China's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 7.4 percent in 2014, the slowest pace in 24 years. Last year's target was "about 7.5 percent". Beijing also reduced multiple other targets including trade growth and inflation.


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