FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM JANUARY 19, 2017 • THE QUEENS COURIER 17 “The Comedian” Ben’s Best Kosher Deli, the iconic New York Jewish Deli, will be seen in the upcoming film “The Comedian” starring Robert De Niro, Danny DeVito, and Leslie Mann scheduled for release on February 3rd. This is the second appearance on the silver screen for Ben’s Best and owner Jay Parker, in just three years, following the 2014 documentary “The Deli Man.” Ben’s Best has been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” and was voted Best of the Boro in Queens for “Best Soup.” Profiled in many publications including The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Daily News and The Queens Courier, their food just can’t be beat! “The Comedian” pairs best with a hot pastrami sandwich and a can of Dr. Brown’s. Ben’s Best Kosher Deli is located at 96-40 Queens Boulevard, Rego Park, Queens, 718-897-1700 (between 63rd Drive and 64th Road) bensbest.com CUTLER'S LIGHTING MASSIVE INVENTORY IN-STORE CLEARANCE SALE $1 MILLION IN MERCHANDISE FLOOR LAMPS • TABLE LAMPS • WALL SCONCES • CHANDELIERS • OUTDOOR LIGHTING & MORE! SAVE 70% UP TO OFF HURRY! SALE ENDS JANUARY 31ST CUTLER'S LIGHTING 120 Northern Blvd., Great Neck (516) 482 1919 Tax tips How the minimum wage increase may aff ect business taxes BY JOHN SAVIGNANO City employers know by now that the minimum wage increased to $11 an hour on Dec. 31 ($10.50 for smaller businesses). But tucked into that rule change is an accompanying requirement that will force employers to pay some workers more. New York employers had been required to pay overtime to employees making up $675 a week, or roughly $35,000 a year, rules that do not apply to farm laborers, babysitters and many white-collar workers, among others. But on Dec. 28, 2016, and with very little fanfare, the state Department of Labor hiked that ceiling to $787.50 a week, or around $40,000 a year, for business with 10 or fewer workers, and $825 weekly or $42,000 annually for those with more than 10, a new threshold that went into eff ect Dec. 31. Th e change the state rule drew little attention because it was expected to be overshadowed by a change in the federal overtime threshold that would have raised the salary ceiling nationally from just under $24,000 a year to nearly $48,000, according to the Business Council of New York Stare. Many companies had already set up for compliance with the new rule by raising some salaries above the minimum or by reclassifying workers, for example. But in a surprise November decision, a Texas federal court suspended the federal rule. When this was moving forward, it didn’t matter because the federal threshold would have been way above these New York thresholds. Now that the federal has been stayed, the context of the state rule has changed dramatically. Th e Business Council said the state move contradicts the recent Texas court decision and warned that enforcing it could open the state up to a potential legal challenge. Additionally, the state DOL enacted this rule-making without considering the adverse impact it will have on state employers. Please contact us if you have any further questions. John Savignano is a partner with Savignano Accountants & Advisors located at 47-46 Vernon Blvd., Second Floor, in Long Island City. For questions, dial 718-707-0955.
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