Human Resources

Practice Management

Maintaining Work-Life Balance during Busy Season

Accountants can expect to take only so much strain when putting in seemingly endless hours during busy season, but firms can offer ways to help. In addition, staffers can take measures to ease stress during a time when being overloaded with work tasks can be an everyday occurrence.
Practice Management

Stop Wasting Time in Meetings!

Technology is constantly speeding up the pace of business: Decisions once delayed for weeks are now made in seconds, thanks to Internet communication. Computer analytics puts real-time market information at our fingertips. Transactions can occur anywhere, anytime.
Practice Management

Pay Me the Money: Improving Collection Rates Step-by-Step

Blame it on a tough economy. Your clients aren't making money, so they aren't paying you. Yet, you're still cranking out their tax returns and other work for them hoping things will improve and that you'll eventually collect the hard-earned money you deserve. This may seem like tough love, but your firm isn't a charity.
Practice

Cross-Generational Issues: How to Develop and Deliver Perspective

In a previous article, I discussed how the four generations in today's workplace often don't understand each other's underlying perspectives and formational influences. As a follow-up, here I'll make some suggestions on what you can to do about it.
Practice Management

When Employees Rant Online - The NLRB Weighs in on Workers' Rights

Employees have always complained about their jobs, bosses, and coworkers. Today, through social media, such complaints can reach a much larger audience than in the past. Some employers have responded by disciplining workers, and increasingly, the NLRB is stepping in.
AccountingWEB Life

Accounting Jobs Are Safe in Current Economy

More than 90 percent of CFOs say they expect to maintain current levels of staff accounting positions for the second quarter of 2012. Here are the questions controllers should be asking themselves to make sure their staffing decisions are correct.
Practice

Employers Paying the Penalty for Wage and Hour Violations

In prosecution of wage and hour violations, the stakes are getting personal. In several recent cases, the government has penalized company owners and officers for failing to pay overtime, imposing stiff fines and even imprisonment.
Practice Management

AAA Partners with Halogen to Build World-Class Accounting Firms

Halogen Software today announced a partnership with the Association for Accounting Administration (AAA). This partnership provides the association's more than 900 members access to best practice HR resources and special purchase terms for Halogen's award-winning Talent Management Suite for professional services.
Workplace Fitness

Fit and Focused: Accounting Professionals Discover the TrekDesk

Cindy Mayhak is just one of the many wellness-minded professionals who decided to break away from their desk without breaking away from the office by using a TrekDesk to shatter their sedentary lifestyle and the health risks associated with it.
Practice

KPMG to Offer Tax Offsets to LGBT Employees

KPMG LLP announced it now offers its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT) partners and employees offsets for the additional federal and state tax costs incurred when they pay for same-sex domestic partner medical benefits. The tax equalization benefits will cover the 2012 tax year.
Practice

Pippins v. KPMG LLP - What It Could Mean for Your Company

Employers who have faced potential class action wage-and-hour lawsuits know what a headache they can be. Due to a recent case, employers have a lot more to worry about. That case, Pippins v. KPMG LLP, has caused tremendous turmoil and confusion among those who follow employment litigation and electronic discovery.
Education & Careers

2011 Accounting Graduates Earning Average Salaries of $50,000

Accounting grads in 2011, earned starting salaries that exceeded those in nearly every other field except engineering and computer science. Overall, the average salary was $41,701, but accounting majors earned an average of $50,500, which is up 3.7 percent from 2010, according to the 2012 NACE survey.
Practice

Ernst and Young Offers New Tax Offsets on Benefits to LGBT Employees

Ernst & Young LLP has joined an increasing number of employers to reimburse lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees for additional federal and state taxes they incur for their same-sex domestic partners' medical benefits. The mandated taxes average $1,500 annually.
Practice Development

Paychex Introduces Website to Spur Small Business Development

In the more than forty years Rochester, New York–based Paychex, Inc. has been in business, its mission has been to provide excellent payroll, human resources, and benefits outsourcing solutions to the backbone of the American economy – small and medium-sized businesses.
Practice

AICPA Panelists Examine Economic Outlook Survey Findings

AICPA Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey measured nine components All nine components showed modest improvement in the fourth quarter Survey revealed increased optimism that the US economy will improve in 2012 AICPA Webcast, "Looking Ahead to 2012: Progress of Paralysis?" covering the survey to be made available
Education & Careers

Is it legal to only hire the already-employed? The problems with must-be-employed rules

In their quest to find qualified workers, some employers are explicitly stating that they will only hire those who are already employed and will not consider the unemployed.
Practice Management

Got perspective? Without it, you don't "get it"

To really engage, embrace and include, it's not enough to learn the typical attributes of the different generations. Significantly, the four generations in the workplace don't understand each other's underlying perspectives and formational influences very well.
Practice Management

Insights for the generations on communication

Generational guru Phyllis Weiss Haserot has outlined some insights for the generations on communication as she observes and evaluates style, media, what employers look for and what comes next.
Practice Management

Five tips for part-time employees and their managers

Being a part-time employee and a college student can sometimes be a lot to juggle. My school schedule is priority and fortunately my part-time job schedule is flexible. Staying focused while on the job can be very difficult as the mind set for college work is very different from that of my part-time job duties.
Education & Careers

A social life: When employees and applicants take to Facebook

Imagine one of your employees bashes your company or their coworkers on Facebook. You might think that you could fire that employee. But you would probably be wrong.

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