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Do You Have to Pay On-Call Employees for Their Time On-Call?
Mar 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 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 | 192 192 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 | 289 289 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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Statue vandalized again
Dear Editor: 
The statue of the Virgin Mary was decapitated at the Bellmore Knights of Columbus Council last week. According to members of the council this is the fifth time the statue has been van...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
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Editorial right on
Dear Editor "Ferry service critical to mass transit" (In Our Opinion - May 8) is the wave of the future. Our waterways are an underutilized natural asset which can offer significant transportation ...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
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Library censorship
Dear Editor: Despite my requests to the Queens Public Library (starting in November of last year) and the Queens borough president’s inquiry into the matter, the podcasts from radio station WBAI an...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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Honoring our vets
Dear Editor: As the nation approaches Memorial Day, we must remember all of the men and women, past and present, who have sacrificed their lives so that we here at home could be able to live in fre...
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Property owners besieged by plane noise deserve tax break
Dear Editor: I am writing to urge residents affected by jet noise from new flight patterns at LaGuardia and JFK airports to seek property-tax exemptions from New York City to compensate for reduced...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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Unfortunate Circumstances of State Funding
Dear Editor: It was disheartening to read the recent letter to the editor (“What About Pride” by Richard Reif – 5/1/14) , written by a member of Club Pride, regarding my office being unable to comp...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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'Stepping' off point
I was stopped by the Eyesore of the Week photos in your May 1 issue (“Step Street” between 65th and 64th streets). Love the stone stairway, so old and, well...charming! But, look at the opportunity...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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Crazy train
Dear Editor: The recent subway derailment is a wake up call for the MTA to speed up track inspections so as to prevent another derailment from occurring. The track that was damaged had only been in...
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All aboard!
Dear Editor: Let's all get on board to May 11 for National Amtrak Day. Why not ask our elected officials to support a dedicated capital revenue stream that could include allocating a penny per gall...
May 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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Principal lacks principles
Dear Editor: A Bronx principal named Jennifer Joynt gave Iraq Marine veteran Christopher Moll, who is a special-education teacher at a Throggs Neck middle school, an unsatisfactory rating due to ab...
May 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fair contract
Dear Editor: Congratulations to UFT President Michael Mulgrew, Chancellor Carmen Farina,and Mayor Bill de Blasio, as well as their negotiating teams, for finally hammering out a fair, viable and eq...
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No middle room
Dear Editor: Congratulations to the uber-wealthy Kochs, Edelsons, et al, in managing to degrade our once wealthiest middle class to second place, conceding the title to Canada, that "Socialist" cou...
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What about Pride?
Dear Editor: How can State Senator Tony Avella obtain $100,000 for a College Point senior center while ignoring the needs of Club Pride, a geriatric psycho-social center in Douglaston that is also ...
May 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
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Good work
Dear Editor: Thank you so much for the story on Fr. Joseph Palackal. I have the pleasure of knowing Fr. Joseph, and I think his project should definitely be supported. Sincerely, Janie Jurica Maspeth
May 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another anniversary
Dear Editor: The coverage of the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair in New York has been quite enjoyable. I have shared memories with family and friends, and I even dug out an old World's Fair bu...
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ING, the Netherlands' largest bank, announced Wednesday it has sold its remaining stake in US insurance company Voya for $2 million (1.8 billion euros), closing out its US activities in the sectorING, the Netherlands' largest bank, announced Wednesday it has sold its remaining stake in US insurance company Voya for $2 million (1.8 billion euros), closing out its US activities in the sector. Following a public offering announced late Tuesday, ING said it sold the last tranche of 32 million shares it held in Voya for $44.20 per title, garnering $285 million in profits on the $2 billion sale price. "This sale completes the divestment of ING’s US-based retirement, investment and insurance business," an ING statement said of the exit from Voya that began with an initial public offering in May 2013.


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FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. DiCaprio is partnering with Netflix for a series of documentaries he will produce for the streaming service. Netflix announced Wednesday, March 4, 2015, that DiCaprio and his production company, Appian Way, have signed a first-look deal with Netflix for non-fiction projects. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio is partnering with Netflix for a series of documentaries he will produce for the streaming service.


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Undated hand out photograph released November 24, 2014, by the office of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCullough shows police officer Darren Wilson shortly after he fatally shot black teenager Michael BrownThe US Justice Department said Wednesday it will not prosecute the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last August, touching off nationwide outrage. Its decision not to prosecute Darren Wilson on federal civil rights charges was issued alongside a report that faulted the police department in the St Louis suburb for systematically targeting African Americans. "Because Wilson did not act with the requisite criminal intent, it cannot be proven beyond reasonable doubt to a jury that he violated (Brown's civil rights) when he fired his weapon at Brown," the report said. The teenager's death -- on a residential street in a black-majority town with an overwhelmingly white police force -- prompted weeks of sometimes violent protests and kindled a national debate about race relations and law enforcement.


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