Human Resources

How to Handle Difficult People

A bully at your work is difficult for you to face. He is demanding you do part of his job without pay or credit. How do you handle it? Your neighbors are constantly fighting. They wake you up in the middle of the night with their screams and curses. What do you say to them?Your father is unhappy about your career choice. He constantly criticizes your work and points out what he thinks you should do. How do you deal with him?Difficult situations are part of everyone’s life. Employers and employees can’t get along. Partners clash over money.

Gambling With The Fair Labor Standards Act: A Multi-Million Dollar Wager

By, Kimberli Aboyade, Esq., Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC U-Haul, $7.5 million; Pizza Hut, $10 million; Starbucks, $18 million; Taco Bell, $13 million; Bank of America, $22 million; Rite Aid, $25 million; Pacific Bell, $35 million; Farmers Insurance, a whopping $90 million. Verdicts like these are causing employers across the country to take a close look at a Depression-era federal law, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Health Care Costs to Increase 15.4 Percent in 2003

The global consulting firm Hewitt Associates has analyzed recent trends in health care and the news is not good. Health care costs are projected to increase 15.4% in 2003, which comes on top of a 13.7% increase in 2002. This represents the highest increase in health care costs since the early 1990s.

Tips On Keeping Your Top Talent

By, www.creativegroup.comWith today's competitive labor market, it's essential for firms to retain their valuable creative and marketing professionals. And it's equally important to motivate and inspire them to produce innovative materials. The following management tips can help you keep creative ideas flowing - and keep your valued professionals on board long-term.The Power of PraiseWhen employees do an exceptional job, tell them so. A creative professional's work is often evaluated subjectively, and compliments can provide much needed encouragement.

Survey Shows Value of Temporary Work as Prelude to Full-Time Job

For managers who have ever worried about hiring the wrong person for a job or for candidates who have lost sleep over whether to accept a position, take heart. There is a popular alternative in today’s workplace. According to a recent survey of executives, 94 percent of respondents consider it valuable to hire employees on a temporary basis as a means of evaluating them for full-time positions.The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world’s first and largest temporary staffing service for accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals.
Practice

Deloitte Tells How Firms Can Win Accounting Talent War

In the latest in a series of speeches on the importance of integrity and quality, Deloitte CEO Jim Copeland explained why he sees a talent war ahead and what accounting firms can do to win the war.
Community News

Study Measures Impact of Intangibles on Future Earnings

Global consultant Watson Wyatt conducted a study that measures the impact of key intangibles on a company's future financial performance. The intangibles are aggregated into a human capital index (HCI) that assesses the levels of value or risk inherent in a company's management practices. The study found six factors helped future financial performance.
Education & Careers

Big Four Among Best Companies for Working Mothers

For the 17th year, Working Mother magazine has once again published its 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers list. All members of the Big Four accounting firms were included in this year's list.

"Update: Legal Liability In Leave" Free Report

As legal problems involving leave continue to plague employers, a single incorrect interpretation of leave laws can land executives and their companies in court.

Businesses Can Offset Rises in Health Insurance Costs Without Trimming Benefits

Patricia A. Schultz, Esq., Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC Health insurance costs are expected to rise an average 16 percent in 2003.
Education & Careers

AARP Announces Top Employers For Workers Over 50

The companies that made the American Association of Retired Persons' (AARP) list of the top employers for workers over age 50 have some interesting features in common. They recognize a need for flexibility, they offer generous health care and life insurance benefits, and they recognize the value in keeping employees who know their jobs inside out."We have a very seasoned staff that brings a tremendous amount of talent to the company," said Aerospace Corporation spokesperson, Linda Brill.
Education & Careers

New Accounting Salary Survey Shows Gender Disparities

CareerBank.com has released its 2002 Salary Survey Report for accounting, finance, and banking professionals. The survey, based on online responses from 2,575 participants, shows some striking disparities between genders. The results are based on 52% male and 48% female respondents. The average overall salary for all survey participants is $55,762, with $65,135 for male participants and $45,687 for females.The majority of respondents, 56%, hold bachelor's degrees, 22% hold masters degrees.

Cost Sharing Strategies For Medical Benefits

With the costs of health care projected to increase as much as 20%, employers and employees alike are fearful that the rising costs will eat away at their bottom lines. Fortunately, a free report posted on AHI’s Benefits Alert website located at www.benefitsalert.com could help alleviate the pressure.The free report - "Cost Sharing Strategies For Medical Benefits" - outlines four of the best strategies (POPs, HRAs, FSAs, MSAs) for employers to use to derail the upward spiral in the cost of healthcare benefits for a company and its employees.

'Anatomy of a Paycheck' Helps Educate Employees

Paychex, Inc., a leading national provider of payroll and human resource services, has launched a unique online tool that can help employees of its more than 390,000 clients learn more about their paychecks and payroll withholdings.
Education & Careers

Bring More Than Your Resume to Your Next Job Interview

By Sarah Self It's the night before an important job interview. You've researched the company, thought through every possible question and picked up your best suit from the drycleaners. What else can you do to make the interview a successful experience? Prepare a few more valuable tools to bring with you. The following items can keep you focused and organized, and help prove that you are an excellent candidate for the position.PortfolioAlways bring a collection of your past work to an interview.
Tax

Employers May be Entitled to a Refund of FICA Taxes Paid on Severance

Kathryn A. English, Esq. and Holly S. McCann, Esq.A decision issued in April 2002 by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims may enable employers to obtain a refund of social security or "FICA" taxes paid on certain kinds of severance payments. In CSX Corporation, Inc. v. United States, the court rejected the Internal Revenue Service's interpretation of what constitutes supplemental unemployment compensation benefits that are exempt from FICA.
Education & Careers

Want an Edge in the Job Market? Get Yourself a 'CMBA'

Job candidates have traditionally gotten paid a premium for getting a CPA or an MBA. But, if you get them both, your resume can begin to sound a bit pretentious, e.g., Jonathan H. Doe, CPA, MBA.

'Preparing For The Anniversary Of 9/11' - Free Report

As the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 tragedy approaches, employers need to be prepared for the onslaught of new and renewed emotions that are sure to pour out. Employers will find a valuable tool for helping their employees get through their difficult times by downloading the latest free report posted on AHI’s Employment Law Resource Center located at www.ahipubs.com.The free report - "Preparing For The Anniversary Of 9/11" - shows employers what they can do to provide their employees with the mechanisms for coping with new and renewed emotions that the anniversary will bring.

You've Found the Perfect Candidate - Now What?

By Robert G. Epstein It’s a fact in the HR world that when you finally find a great candidate, they most likely have at least one offer on the table from another company. A candidate has done their part and convinced you that they would be a valuable member of your organization. Now it’s your turn to sell, and prove to them that your company is a great place to work. There are some simple steps you can take to accomplish that goal.Serve as an example.Don’t shy away from discussing your own career with the company.

Giving and Receiving Performance Evaluations - CPAs

By, Mark Koziel, Dopkins & Company, LLPPerformance evaluations can be stressful and confrontational, but they need not be. A successful performance evaluation system benefits both employer and employee. Proper preparation and openness to the process can generate a positive outcome. Encouraging team members to set their own goals gives them ownership in the evaluation process and opens the lines of communication. The evaluation should be a dialogue over whether specific goals have been met. Initially, team members will need assistance setting realistic goals.

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