Human Resources

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The 4 Essential Steps to Firing Employees with Minimal Drama

No one enjoys firing someone. (Well, most people don't.) But even if you can’t wait to see your employee walk out the door, take precautions to avoid a lawsuit. Don't make this harder than necessary.
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Two Accounting Firms Win Awards for Happy Employees

We've probably all worked for soul-sucking managers who expect employees to work 24/7. But you won't find them at these two firms, which have managed to create award-winning work environments.
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New Study Highlights CPA Lateral Hiring Trends

Want to move? There are lots of opportunities to make a lateral move, the latest accounting firm hiring trend. And managing partners need to know how to protect themselves from "raids."
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How to Become a Temporary Accountant

The financial labor force has changed, and now adaptable accountants can make a solid career by working as long-term temps, lowering job risk without sacrificing career growth or pay. "Temporary" may be the new name of the game.
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Exhaustion and Other HR Issues

They seem like children today, but be patient: someday your newbies will be essential members of your team.
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Thanks to the Supreme Court: Narrower Definition of "Supervisor" Provides Opportunities for Employers

On June 24, 2013, the US Supreme Court narrowed the definition of who qualifies as a "supervisor" for the purposes of harassment cases. This holding is a significant win for employers.
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October 1 Deadline Looms for Obamacare Notices

The common perception is that most of the key provisions included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act take effect in 2014. But employers should be advised that other responsibilities and rights kick in before then.
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Maintaining Wage and Hour Compliance in 2013

Over the past six years or so, wage and hour lawsuits have become, if not commonplace, extremely prevalent. This trend, fueled by a large number of workers displaced following the financial crisis and stoked by successful settlements and court rulings over the past several years, is unlikely to end anytime soon.
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Minimizing the Risk of Background Checks

Hiring is an expensive, time-consuming process – employers want to make sure they get it right the first time. For many employers, background checks represent a key tool in ensuring the people they hire are trustworthy and have the skills, experience, and education they claim to possess.
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Ditch the Headphones at Work?

Should employees be allowed to wear headphones while they work? This debate has surfaced at least once a month among accounting professionals for the past two or three years, typically during multigenerational discussions around the issue of productivity.
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2013 Health Care Reform Checklist

The following checklist is intended to provide a list of common steps that plan sponsors should consider in preparing for compliance with health care reform for 2013 and later years.
Education & Careers

Judge Rules KPMG Gender Discrimination Suit Can Proceed

A class-action gender discrimination lawsuit filed by five former KPMG LLP female professional employees against the Big Four accounting firm may go forward, a US district court judge in New York ruled February 7.
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How Employers Can Ensure I-9 Forms Are Correct

When Abercrombie & Fitch ran into problems with properly completing I-9 forms, it turned out to be a seven-figure mistake. A $1,047,110 fine was imposed, even though there was no proof the retailer knowingly hired illegal workers.
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Workplace Safety, Disabled Employees, and the ADA

In order to ensure a safe workplace while fully complying with the ADA, employers need to understand their rights and responsibilities as well as the rights of job applicants and employees.
Education & Careers

Survey Identifies Greatest Challenges When Starting a New Job

Workers who ring in the New Year with a new job may find learning the ropes to be their biggest challenge, a new Accountemps survey suggests.
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One Bad Apple: Managing Poor Performers

Managers asking themselves, "Where does the day go?" may now have an answer. CFOs recently surveyed said that, on average, supervisors spend 17 percent of their time overseeing poorly performing employees.
Education & Careers

Three Percent Salary Increase 'New Normal'

While employees may not see much improvement in base pay next year, the prevalence and size of short-term incentives has increased substantially, according to the sixth annual "Compensation Planning Survey."
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Ditch the Mistletoe - Avoiding Sexual Harassment Charges

For many companies, the end of the year means planning an annual holiday party. But beware - if employees cut loose at a company-sponsored function, it can lead to sexual harassment charges.
Education & Careers

HR Needs to Step Up Tech Usage to Show Value to Their Business

Globalization, talent constraints, and new technology pose significant opportunities for material change in human resources, according to new research.
Education & Careers

Is Your Leadership Style Subpar?

A significant gap exists in what characteristics accountants at all levels value in their leaders and what they believe their current leaders actually demonstrate, according research done by members of The CPA Consultants' Alliance.

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