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Do You Have to Pay On-Call Employees for Their Time On-Call?
Mar 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 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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Shantrelle Lewis, Filmmaker & Writer
Shantrelle Lewis travels the world in search of what she calls the African aesthetic; and for the last year and a half she’s been broadcasting her findings from Bed-Stuy. “Aesthetics is an all-enco...
Apr 05, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Carol Rogers, Book Fair Organizer
Caroline Rogers has always been a lover of books. From the time she and a former partner decided to sell books at a nearby flea market in Queens, the Brooklyn-born, Queens-bred bookworm has started...
Apr 05, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ijana Nathaniel, Non-profit Founder
Brooklyn dared to dream. Will Queens and the rest of New York City be next? Ijana Nathaniel started her youth organization, Dare 2 Dream Leaders (D2D), in two East Flatbush schools last June. The n...
Mar 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Abby Dobson, Singer-Songwriter
Don’t sleep on Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter Abby Dobson. Her debut album, “Sleeping Beauty: You Are The One You Have Been Waiting For,” caused a stir when it was released last November, foreshad...
Mar 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Scott Decoursey - Musician/Author
Scott Decoursey is full of creativity. The 23-year-old lifelong Glendale resident is not just dabbling in different fields, he is a soon-to-be published author and already a musician that doesn't b...
Mar 22, 2011 | 3 3 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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James Gulliver Hancock, Illustrator
James Gulliver Hancock is crazy about buildings. He draws them all the time - in his spare time, for work, to just get his creativity flowing. Actually, James Gulliver Hancock cannot stop drawing. ...
Mar 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jamil "Jah Pierce" Dennis Musician/Minister
“I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder was the song that Jamil “Jah Pierce” Dennis sang over and over as a child. At that time he didn’t know it would bring him to where he is now. With...
Mar 15, 2011 | 3 3 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Howard Newman, Creator of Jokesercise
Is it possible to mix comedy with exercise? For Howard Newman it's a reality that he enjoys everyday. The stand-up comic and fitness instructor is the creator of Jokesercise, a comedy and exercise ...
Mar 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bill Schuck, Artist
Bill Schuck’s backyard sees a lot of traffic. Plastic bags and condoms pile up there, sewage floods in when it rains, and it was the site of an oil spill estimated at three times the size of the Ex...
Mar 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Johanna Fausto
There are many words that could best accurately describe Johanna Fausto. As it is written on her blog, she likes to be known as a cultural observer, adventurous traveler, food lover, Bikram Yoga pr...
Mar 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Husam Rimawi President, Islamic Society of Bay Ridge
When Borough Hall flew the Egyptian flag from its roof last week in a nod to the movement towards democracy in that country and elsewhere across the Arab world, it became the first U.S. government ...
Mar 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dr. Gregory L. Matloff
NASA researcher
Feb 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ryan Acuna, Chess Champion
At first, Ryan Acuna didn't like chess. Now, he holds the first place trophy from a Chess tournament played at I.S. 318 in Williamsburg. Acuna, who attends Robert F. Wagner Junior Secondary School ...
Feb 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pamela Green, Executive Director of the Weeksville Heritage Center
Banker, computer programmer, food bank director, city commissioner and Sesame Street executive — Pamela Green has worn many hats. And now as Executive Director of the Weeksville Heritage Center, sh...
Feb 15, 2011 | 4 4 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Andrew Appel, Model Student
What do you get when you blend a major in homeland and corporate security with a side gig modeling? You get Andrew Appel, a Breezy Point resident who is signed to Wilhelmina Models, while pursuing ...
Feb 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Protestors hold placards challenging "Obamacare" outside of the US Supreme Court on March 4, 2015, in Washington, DCA sharply divided US Supreme Court weighed the future of "Obamacare" for a second time in three years Wednesday after a new challenge to the contentious healthcare reform. The law, President Barack Obama's crowning domestic achievement, seeks to make health insurance available to a broad cross-section of Americans, for whom health care is often too expensive or otherwise inaccessible. In June 2012, the first time the Supreme Court considered a challenge to Obamacare, its conservative Chief Justice John Roberts helped save the measure by voting alongside the four more progressive justices.


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FILE - In this Thursday, June 26, 2014 file photo, a customer douses her french fries with ketchup at the concession stand before the start of the movies at the Saco Drive-In in Saco, Maine. New guidelines released by the World Health Organization on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 say the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their sugar intake to just 5 to 10 percent of their overall calories. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File )LONDON (AP) — New guidelines from the World Health Organization are enough to kill anyone's sugar high. The U.N. health agency says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just six to 12 teaspoons per day — an amount that could be exceeded with a single can of soda.


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A sign hangs in the West 4th Street subway station reads "Please Do Not Urinate In This Area - Active Work Area," Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in New York. The sign was posted by workers who are doing track work. “That station is an area that is notorious for public urination,” said Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for the agency that operates the system. Greenwich Village night-life patrons, homeless people and others all seem drawn to relieve themselves there, he added. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's case for some of the world's most boorish behavior is made every day in its subways: There's the woman casually clipping her fingernails, the man slurping an especially pungent dish under a fellow passenger's nose, and if nature calls, there are the riders who coat platforms with their urine.


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