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Do You Have to Pay On-Call Employees for Their Time On-Call?
Mar 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 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 | 65 65 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 | 62 62 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 | 108 108 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 | 126 126 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 | 162 162 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 | 195 195 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 | 227 227 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 | 292 292 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 | 301 301 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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Sunny Chapman, Artist
For Sunny Chapman, art came naturally. “I just liked it,” said Chapman, who's been drawing since she was a child and making jewelry, paintings and other works ever since. Chapman started out as a p...
Nov 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hanna Mandelbaum, Evermore Pet Food
New York native and dog lover Hanna Mandelbaum knows the importance of making sure every canine gets the right nutrition. “You shouldn’t let a dog eat anything you wouldn’t eat yourself,” Mandelbau...
Nov 07, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dishan Elise, Founder of Human@ease
Dishan Elise, the founder of the fitness group Human@ease (pronounced “humanities”), had a vision. “I didn't want people to feel intimidated by fitness,” she said, speaking of commercial gyms. “I w...
Oct 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Oliver Sohngen
Director, LIC Academy of Music
Oct 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sean Casey, Animal Rescuer
Some people know their niche early in life. That was especially true for Sean Casey, the founder of the Sean Casey Animal Rescue Center, located at 153 East 3rd Street in Brooklyn. “I've done it my...
Sep 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Susan Lindell, Bike Mechanic
(Photo: JJ Sullin) The motto may be “out with the old and in with the new,” but Susan Lindell sees things a little differently when it comes to aging equipment—particularly bicycles. “Most used bik...
Sep 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sonia Mylonas, Cat's Eye Imaging
Sonia Mylonas is always looking for ways to improve the future, especially if it involves technology. “That's where it's at,” said Mylonas, a leader of Cats Eyes Imaging, a printing and embroidery ...
Aug 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jill Parshley, Actress
Among friends, Jill Parshley admits she's referred to as the “Jill of all trades.” “I've just kind of lived a life doing a mosaic of trades involving service and creativity” said Parshley. With the...
Aug 08, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jay Ruiz, Brooklyn BIKE Patrol
Jay Ruiz isn't your typical neighborhood watchman. A dispatcher at a career services center by day, he volunteers to walk women home at night. The president and founder of the Brooklyn BIKE Patrol,...
Jul 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kate Zidar, Newtown Creek Alliance
Kate Zidar connects with an eclectic mix of peers in Greenpoint and parts of Western Queens through a shared passion for Newtown Creek. Zidar moved to Greenpoint 12 years ago to attend Pratt Instit...
Jun 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cheryl Bogdan, Student of the Year
Ridgewood resident Cheryl Bogdan was recently honored by the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work, which she graduated from on June 4 with a 4.0 grade point average and “Student of the Year...
Jun 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mitchell Grubler, 4BNA
Mitchell Grubler works with advocates and civic groups to preserve historic sites in the four boroughs outside of Manhattan. Grubler was born in Flushing Hospital in Queens and grew up in Mill Basi...
Jun 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amit Kumar
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May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bonita Kline, Sunnyside Artworks
To satisfy her love for design and the garment industry, Bonita Kline began giving sewing lessons to kids in her Sunnyside community two years ago. After growing up near Cleveland, Ohio, Kline move...
May 22, 2012 | 3 3 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dianne Berkun, Director of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy
Dianne Berkun commands the space around her with a soft-spoken demeanor and a tone of confidence that can only come from being the founder and director of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy. The Aca...
May 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Picture released by the Cypriot government's Press Information Office (PIO) shows Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades shaking hands with European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi (R) during a diner in Nicosia on March 4, 2015The European Central Bank Thursday held its key interest rates steady, as expected, as investors waited for ECB chief Mario Draghi to reveal more details of the bank's much-anticipated bond purchase programme. At the ECB's regular policy meeting, held in Nicosia, Cyprus this time instead of the usual venue of Frankfurt, the governing council voted to hold the benchmark "refi" refinancing rate at its current record low of 0.05 percent. Under the programme, the ECB plans to buy 60 billion euros ($68 billion) of private and public bonds each month for at least 18 months in a bid to ward off deflation in the euro area. The ECB will also publish its latest updated growth and inflation forecasts for the 19 countries that share the euro.


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By Clare Baldwin and Nicole Li HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's third-ranked leader wants greater attention paid to young people in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong, after they staged pro-democracy protests last year that shut down parts of the city for two and a half months. Zhang Dejiang, who heads China's largely rubber-stamp parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), said last year's "illegal acts" highlighted a need to focus on young people and possibly revive the idea of a patriotic curriculum, Hong Kong media said on Thursday. The comments echo remarks last month by the head of China's Hong Kong Liaison Office, who said Beijing aimed to tighten control of the global financial hub and warned that the central government could take a renewed interest in patriotic education, an issue that sparked mass protests in Hong Kong in 2012.
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The Bank of England is seen, with a statue in the foreground, in the City of LondonThe Bank of England marked the sixth anniversary of its cutting interest rates to a record low by keeping them on hold once again on Thursday, but an improving economy suggests rates are likely to rise at some point over the next 12 months. While no economist polled by Reuters expects the Monetary Policy Committee will vote to raise rates before a May 7 national election, given record low inflation, there are signs that policymakers believe a rate hike could come sooner rather than later. The BoE said on Thursday it was keeping rates at 0.5 percent, their level since the depths of the financial crisis. Business surveys this week showed Britain's economy started 2015 strongly, and wage data in the next few months could provide some policymakers with enough evidence that it can start to be weaned off low borrowing costs.


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