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Whistleblower Accountant Seeks $2.5 Million in Suit Against Duke Power

An accountant with Duke Power Co. — a major utility in North and South Carolina — claims in a federal suit that he was harassed in a five-hour interrogation and was forced to take an unwanted job change.
Community News

Seven Things To Do To Communicate Your Companies Vision For Your Team

By, Christopher M. Knight How well does your staff understand your firm's vision? If you stopped your top 3 employees, would they know or be able to recite your companies vision? When is the last time you sent your company what the top 3 goals of your firm is? Go do that today. Have you clearly defined the top 12 guiding principles by which your company will be run?
A&A

Electronic Card May be The New Face of Payroll

A new payroll option — the payroll card — may soon be available to American workers, including the 13 percent of workers who don’t have bank accounts and who can't take advantage of the more popular direct deposit from their employers.With the cost of preparing paper checks averaging $1.07 plus postage per check, companies and governments are trying to get away from the traditional paycheck. A recent survey showed that 83 percent of companies polled participate in voluntary direct deposit with most indicating they would make it mandatory if the law would allow it.
Education & Careers

The Significance of New Employee Orientation Programs

We are all aware of the implications of poor hiring decisions. They can cost the company time and money, and they can result in low employee morale. One basic step to ensuring that new hires get off to a positive start is to conduct an effective employee orientation program. Employees who are properly trained and introduced to the company early feel better about their choice of employer and usually fit in more quickly.
A&A

Employees Feel They Are Stagnating - What Can You Do?

By Bruce L. Katcher, Ph.D. President of The Discovery GroupTHE PROBLEMOur research shows that employees are not learning on their jobs. Only 1 out of 2 feel that they are given a chance to learn new skills. This is a problem for both employees and their employers.Here are three reasons why employees need to continue to learn new skills: 

On-the-Job Perks Are Still Out There

The job market continues to be tough, but there are pockets of areas where employers are getting creative with perks to keep their best employees and attract new ones.With job openings predicted to outstrip available workers by as much as 10 million in seven years, some employers are laying on the perks now to bolster their reputations as top-notch employers later.Everything from pet medical benefits to napping rooms to office concierge services, companies are getting creative in their attempts
Practice Management

Tips For Effective Internal Investigations

by Stuart R. Buttrick, Baker & DanielsEmployers are forced to defend themselves against large numbers of EEOC charges and lawsuits, many of which could be avoided by prompt and effective internal investigations. A primary goal of any human resource or EEO officer should be to have an effective mechanism for allowing work-related complaints to be resolved internally.

Proposed House Legislation Promises Work Flextime

Last week, by a vote of 8-6, the House Education and Workforce Subcommittee approved legislation meant to provide more workplace flexibility. H.R. 1119, the Family Time Flexibility Act, would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and allow employees to receive compensatory time off in place of overtime pay. House supporters say the bill gives workers more flexibility in their work schedule. Organizations around the country are weighing in on the legislation’s merits. On March 12, Houston Williams spoke to the House subcommittee on behalf of the U.S.
Practice

Free Report - Reinstatement Rights For Military Leave

While employers might be in compliance with the Federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), they might be missing crucial state military leave laws that could subject their companies to unknown costly legal liabilities.
Tax

Treasury Withdraws Proposed Pension Plan Regulations

Treasury Department Press ReleaseThe U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have announced that they will withdraw recently proposed regulations that created an obstacle to the provision of transition relief for conversions to cash balance pension plans.
Practice Management

When Management Ignores Employee Suggestions - What Can Your Firm Do?

By Bruce L. Katcher, Ph.D. President of The Discovery GroupOur research shows that 7 out of 10 employees believe that management does not act on employee suggestions. Here's why this is a problem.Good Suggestions Slip Through the CracksOne of the major lessons of the quality improvement movement has been that employees who actually perform the work usually have very good suggestions for improving the work. Ignoring their ideas is a sure prescription for inefficiency and reduced profitability.Employees Lose Trust in Managemen
Community News

HIPAA Privacy Rule Takes Effect April 14, 2003 - Reminder

The HIPAA "Privacy Rule" goes into effect April 14 for group health plans with annual premium or claims of $5 million or more. HIPAA requires employers to separate protected health information from employment-relation functions. If you are a company who sponsors an employee health care plan, be prepared for the Privacy Rules of The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Tax

Officials Consider Relaxing Rules to Fire IRS Workers

In 1998, Congress enacted stricter rules for terminating Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees, a move that was meant to strengthen taxpayers’ rights. Now, the Bush administration and key legislators want to lessen some of the rules, which they say have contributed to low morale and a decrease in tax law enforcement.Since passage of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, 71 IRS employees have been fired. The majority of the terminations were because employees failed to file a tax return on time or underreported their income.

DOL Releases Long Awaited Plan to Update The FLSA

by Stuart R. Buttrick, Baker & DanielsGenerally, the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") establishes minimum wage and overtime standards for employees that are not exempt from its provisions. Among the most common exemptions under the FLSA are for "executive," "administrative," and "professional" workers -- also known as the FLSA's "white collar" exemptions.
Practice Management

Free Report: 'Q&A on Exempt Vs. Non-Exempt'

One of the most confusing and problematic issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is who is exempt and who is not, especially when it comes to overtime. Answer this question right, and an employer could save millions. But answer this question wrong, and an employer could be pushed into a never-ending nightmare of fines and lawsuits that will eat away at a company's bottom line. The free report, Q&A On Exempt Vs.
Practice

'The Dog Ate My Suit' And Other Creative Excuses From Tardy Employees

Everyone's had them -- mornings when what can go wrong does. In a recent survey, executives revealed the most unusual explanations they've heard from tardy employees -- everything from pet-related problems to long lines at the coffee shop. Accountemps, the temporary staffing service for accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals, developed the survey.
Practice Management

Tips on Managing People From David Maister

By David MaisterThe right way to give a critique.The worst thing you can do if you want to get somebody to listen to you is to criticize him or her. As human beings we hate being criticized. When attacked we attack back. And we attack even when we are in the wrong. Right or wrong has nothing to do with it. Many of us fall into the trap of thinking 'I know I am right, so I'm going to tell the others how silly they are!' It's tempting, but doesn't work. If you have the self-control and the presence of mind to put aside your own ego-needs, and say, 'I've got a problem.
Education & Careers

Career Fairs—Your Shortcut to Job Interviews

By, Deborah Walker, CCMC In many cities and local communities, spring is career fair season. While these events often prove disappointing, job-seekers who understand how “work” career fairs use these events as powerful networking sessions leading to interviews with future employers. If you are considering attending a job fair soon, you’ll get more out of the event by following these three rules.Rule #1: Plan ahead.Know ahead of time which companies will attend the event. Decide which employers you are interested in contacting.
Practice Management

Five Steps Employers Can Take to Minimize Employment Liability

by Stuart R. Buttrick, Baker & DanielsThe number of discrimination lawsuits increases every year. They’re taking more time to resolve through the judicial process and becoming more costly to defend, and juries (especially in the post-Enron era) are awarding bigger awards to employees.
Community News

Busy Season Stress Busters Part Four!

Here are some more great ideas from the members of AccountingWEB.com – Part Four An AccountingWEB mentioned a Jellybean counting contest. We're doing it, and everyone loves it!! We also did tax season survival kits and attached them to an invitation to our after tax season cookout. We also have had "Nickname Day" - give your co-workers a nickname Survival Kits: Coffee singles, no-doz pills, Rolaids, Excedrin, "Nerds" candies!  

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