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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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Denny Meyer, AVER and TAVA spokesperson
Denny Meyer is no stranger to struggle. “I became an activist when I was born, because my parents were Holocaust refugees,” Meyer said. “When I was a toddler in the 1940s – when Truman was presiden...
Mar 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Daniel Olson, Musician/Financial Planner
Growing up in Wisconsin, there was nothing that Daniel Olson loved more than music. He began taking music lessons as a child, picked up the guitar and keyboard as he got older and played in bands i...
Feb 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Renee Manzolillo, Breakin Boundaries
For most people, a broken back would be enough to convince them it is time to hang up their dancing shoes and accept that things will never be the same. But for Renee Manzolillo, a former junior Ol...
Feb 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rosemary Lee, Tugboat
After 10 years working to promote therapies and treatment for the rare medical disorder neurofibromatosis – also known as NF1 – which causes nerve endings to develop tumors, Rosemary Lee has decide...
Feb 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Herb Chain, Queens Symphony Orchestra President
Forest Hills resident Herb Chain has been an accountant for almost 40 years at Deloitte. But he grew up in the 1960s, when music ran through his blood and he and his friends would often jam out on ...
Feb 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Annie Witter & Terri Sunkin, Bushwick Radio
Annie Witter has been working in the music business for a long time. She’s worked with several national music media production and promotion houses (including Sony), and now she is bringing her wor...
Jan 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dr. Preethi Radhakrishnan, LGCC Professor
While there is currently a significant gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers – the U.S. Department of Commerce showed that only 24 percent of STEM workers were fema...
Jan 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mark Krawczuk, Creative Instigator
While most creative types are content to call themselves artists, Mark Krawczuk believes that he is more of a instigator. “I work on both the creative side and the production side of things. Saying...
Jan 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nick Saint, Nextdoor
After Hurricane Sandy decimated many coastal areas in New York City, especially Breezy Point in Queens and Red Hook and Coney Island in Brooklyn, it became clear that local communities and their lo...
Dec 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alan Chan, Rockaway Homecare
Alan Chan never knew his grandmother, but he remembers the day they first met as the day that changed his life. At the time, Chan was a young man studying to be an engineer and took his first trip ...
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rich Castagna, Bridge and Tunnel Beer
Ten years ago, Rich Castagna decided he wanted to try brewing beer at home. He loved it so much, he created Bridge and Tunnel Brewery. “I’ve always been focused on doing my own thing,” he said. Wit...
Dec 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rodolfo Caballero, Photographer
Rodolfo Caballero picked up his Nikon and headed to one of the most dangerous places on earth: North Mexico. In this poverty-stricken part of the country, where cartels and drug lords do battle in ...
Dec 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ryan Walsh, Lawyer/Volunteer
Ryan Walsh practices real estate law from his office in Kew Gardens, but his goal has always been to give back to his community. As a board member of the Neighborhood Housing Services of Northern Q...
Dec 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bryan Gordon, The Legal Credit Experts
Almost everyone has experienced debt at one time or another. Maybe you never knew you were mischarged for an outstanding electric bill, or maybe you never got a notice from a debt collector, but re...
Nov 26, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jason Sagebiel, Sage Music
The pen may be mightier than the sword, but for Jason Sagebiel, instruments are the most powerful tool of all. During his time with the Marine Corps, Sagebiel served as a scout sniper deployed in I...
Nov 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Supporters of same-sex marriage hold a rainbow flag and a rainbow umbrella outside Jefferson County Courthouse in BirminghamBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday said it will hear oral arguments on April 28 on whether states can ban gay marriage, addressing a hot social issue in what promises to yield one of the justices' most important rulings of the year. There are currently 37 states where gay marriage has been allowed to proceed, although a legal battle is ongoing in Alabama, with the state's top court putting it on hold.


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By Arshad Mohammed RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Gulf Arab states on Thursday Washington was not seeking a "grand bargain" with Iran, and said a nuclear deal with Tehran would be in their interests. The United State's Gulf allies, particularly the Sunni Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are concerned that Shi'ite Iran will gain from any agreement to end years of dispute over its nuclear ambitions. "Even as we engage in these discussions with Iran around its nuclear program, we will not take our eye off of Iran's other destabilizing actions in places like Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and the Arabian peninsula, Yemen particularly," Kerry said after meeting Saudi King Salman and Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal.
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FILE - In this March 19, 2013 file photo, a performer waves as elephants with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show, pause for a photo opportunity in front of the Capitol in Washington, on their way to the Verizon Center, to promote the show coming to town. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press. exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision.


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