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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 | 62 62 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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Nation needs to stop this debt madness
Dear Editor: Our national debt now exceeds $16.16 trillion. Our legal debt limit of $16.39 trillion will run out by the end of December based upon the current rate of spending. It is time for gover...
Dec 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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CEO’s Want Entitlements Cuts
Dear Editor: A cadre of high-profile CEO’s came out to lobby Capitol Hill in an effort to get Social Security and Medicare on the table when the deficit reduction is negotiated. Most of the compani...
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Sandy will soon become the norm
Dear Editor: Hurricane Sandy’s destruction lingers across New York, with downed trees, battered homes, and lost loved ones. One of my closest friends, who lives on the south shore of Long Island, h...
Dec 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gratitude from the ALA
Dear Editor: As holiday cards begin arriving, many Northeast residents will notice envelopes decorated with the American Lung Association’s Christmas Seals - a critical cornerstone in the fight for...
Dec 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Unions don't just look out for themselves
Dear Editor: To all the people that think unions are only looking out for themselves: In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy many volunteer groups were sent to our area to help out with cleanup. Two i...
Dec 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Wright’ move
Dear Editor: The recent announcement that David Wright of the New York Mets has signed a contract for $140 million for another seven years is indeed great news. He exemplifies how every athlete sho...
Dec 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Plane’ Nonsense
Dear Editor: I have read that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will implement its controversial plan to change departure procedures from LaGuardia Airport. This means a constant stream of ...
Dec 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Time for Boehner to compromise
Dear Editor: It is time for the House to work with the president. House Speaker John Boehner should understand that half of America does not belong to the wealthy and half of this great country doe...
Dec 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outrage over honor for Jill Kelley
Dear Editor: As a former Air Force officer (1964-68), I'm outraged that the Joint Chiefs of Staff presented the nation's second highest military honor for a civilian to Jill Kelley, the Tampa socia...
Dec 06, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Government out to punish the successful
Dear Editor: The fundamental transformation of America that President Barack Obama promised is in progress. Not so very long ago, we were nurtured to strive for excellence and success by examining ...
Dec 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fiscal cliff?
Dear Editor: The U.S. government is the biggest waster of money on earth. We do not need more tax money flowing into Washington. That's just another scam. The amount of money going to taxes is a sc...
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Sandy should be a wake-up call
Dear Editor: No one can deny the destruction from Hurricane Sandy has been widespread and devastating. Living in Manhattan, I saw the effects firsthand, as the Lower East Side and downtown areas we...
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State needs to act on tax abatement
Dear Editor: Recent news reports indicating that the State Legislature may not reconvene this year could be bad news for Queens co-op and condo owners. At the end of the legislative session in June...
Nov 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Federal government has gotten too big
Dear Editor: For everyone who is disappointed in the results of the presidential election, it doesn't matter who is elected because the power to make laws resides in the House of Representatives an...
Nov 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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NYS needs to re-evaluate voting system
Dear Editor: The State of New York needs to take a long hard look at how elections are conducted. During this year’s presidential election, there were long lines of people all over the state waitin...
Nov 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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This mud slide occurred in the East End of Williamson. The retaining wall located above Ethel Street gave way due to the heavy rainfall and saturated ground Wednesday morning, March 4, 2015. Flood warnings have been issued as heavy rains move through West Virginia before giving way to significant snowfall. Schools in at least 15 counties sent students home early due to high water and other storm-related issues Wednesday. (AP Photo/Williamson Daily News, Kyle Lovern)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A storm stretching from northern Texas to southern New England threatened to bring icy rains, sleet, and snow overnight Wednesday but also hopes it would be the last significant snowfall for the East Coast this winter.


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U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Lippert leaves after he was slashed in the face by an unidentified assailant at a public forum in central SeoulBy James Pearson and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist but was not seriously hurt during an attack at a breakfast forum held in the capital on Thursday to discuss Korean reunification, police and witnesses said. U.S. President Barack Obama quickly called Lippert to wish him a speedy recovery, a White House official said. In 2010, Kim tried to attack the Japanese ambassador to Seoul by throwing a piece of concrete and was given a suspended jail term, according to police. Kim was dressed in traditional Korean clothing and shouted that North and South Korea should be reunited just before he attacked Lippert.


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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2014 file photo, an Amtrak logo is seen on a train at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. The House has passed a bill that could boost Amtrak service in the popular Northeast Corridor while giving states more authority over the routes they help subsidize. The bill was approved Wednesday by a vote of 316 to 101. It authorizes $7.2 billion over the next four years, keeping Amtrak subsidies nearly the same as current spending levels. Amtrak supporters had urged an increase in funds to address a backlog of infrastructure projects. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare burst of bipartisanship, the House moved Wednesday to boost Amtrak's popular service between Boston and Washington while giving states a greater say in the local routes they help subsidize.


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