Human Resources

Uninsured Workers Number 42 Million

Although the number of uninsured workers decreased 1.7 million between 1998 and 1999, a new study from the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA) indicates that the economy could push the number of uninsured to 61 million by 2009. Employers should be concerned about these numbers because of the fact that health insurance coverage affects recruitment and retention.
Technology

HR Law Index - Website for Small to Medium Sized Businesses

Everyone turns to the Internet as a link to a fundamental source of information. However, there is so much information out there that it is very easy to get lost amidst the endless pages of information. A site dedicated to helping small to medium sized business with Human Resources issues has arrived. HR Law Index is promoted as a clearinghouse Website exclusively devoted to workplace legal information.

The Bottom Line on Gift-Giving at the Office

There aren't any written rules on whether to give gifts to the boss, co-workers or anyone else for that matter in the workplace, and at this time of the year, giving and receiving, alike, can be extremely stressful.So here are some guidelines: What is most appropriate and how should gift-giving be approached? According to a consulting firm called Eticon, common sense is the best approach, mixed with some thoughts before actions.First, the boss. The advice provided by Eticon is to evaluate how closely you work with your boss. Overly extravagant or costly gifts aren't necessary.
Technology

Need Last Minute CPE? Let AccountingWEB Help You!

Are you scrambling to get all your needed CPE hours before 2000 ends? Check out these inexpensive on-line CPE resources. If you need assistance or have questions about CPE requirements and more, check out the AccountingWEB CPE Page. On-line training is booming in corporate America. On-line CPE costs less, and is increasingly becoming more sophisticated. There are plenty of companies providing on-line training that is cost effective and interactive at the same time.

Leadership Qualities Lead to Promotions

Are you on the fast track? If so, you possess a mix of IT knowledge, people skills and leadership qualities. What's the fastest path to getting a promotion?
Education & Careers

Students Clueless on What a CPA Does

How well do you think high school and college students know what a CPA does? Here are some alarming statistics! More than one-third of high school and college students don't know what CPAs do for a living, according to a recent study conducted by the Taylor Research and Consulting Group.The students weren't told that CPA stands for Certified Public Accountant.

Deloitte Offers Survey of Pension and Retiree Medical Assumptions

All publicly held companies that sponsor defined benefit pension plans and retiree medical programs must include information regarding these plans in their annual report.

Survey Finds Women Working During Retirement

Based on a survey sponsored by the General Financial Group/VALIC, more than 65 percent of respondents indicate that women will continue working while enjoying retirement.Known as the 2000 Women's Retirement Confidence Survey, the 65 percent increase also reflects a eight percent increase over 1998 figures.Why the continued desire to work?

Providing Benefits That Can Really Help Your Employees

Providing Benefits That Can Really Help Your EmployeesPresented by: Brogan Van Kleef, Director and Independent Associate with Pre-Paid Legal ServicesAccountingWEB workshop, Thursday, November 30Participants in this workshop learned: How to use legal plans as an employee benefit to enhance employee productivity. How to use legal plans as a recruiting tool and a tool to retain great employees. Explored various ways to finance legal plans at little or no cost

New ERISA Update! Patients' Bill of Rights!

The Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974 has been revised to include a final regulation that will change the minimum requirements for benefits claims. The new regulation is effective 1/20/01 (is it a coincidence that this occurs on Innauguration Day?).The new regulation establishes new standards for processing claims under group health plans and plans providing disability payments.
A&A

Company Alcohol Policies? Holiday Regrets!

More often than not the issue arises because someone gets hurt due to alcohol consumption in a work-related situation.Employers could end up with legal troubles unless the company can show that it had no control over the situation and had no reason to assume it would occur.
A&A

Who Wants to be a Consultant? CFOs Do!

Are finance professionals going the way of the rest of the market? Seems so, according to a new survey conducted by RHI Management Resources, which found that 75 percent of CFOs surveyed said consulting is an 'attractive career option.'The reasons were attributed to the variety of work involved, along with a professional challenge to the work itself.
Education & Careers

Searching for Interns or Internships?

Accounting firms and businesses across the nation hire numerous student interns every year, but how much experience are these students receiving, and how do you know if you are providing them the path they truly want and the tools they need for their chosen profession?Choosing an internship is just as tricky.
Technology

Ratings of Two Top Internet Job Sites

According to a new report by Smart Business magazine, the two largest sites on the Internet to post and find a job are Monster.com and HotJobs.com. In fact, the story states that if you can't find a job at either of these two sites, something is terribly wrong, somewhere.But which one is best? According to the testers, the winner is HotJobs with four stars, vs. Monster with three stars. Why?

<FONT color="orange">Plan Now For a Spooky Office Halloween!</FONT>

Halloween's almost here - are you ready?Celebrations at the office are commonplace these days, as more and more of us want to have an 'adult' Halloween party with our co-workers and friends.Start with a policy - do you want to decorate the office or are there safety issues to consider?If you decorate, start now in anticipation of the big day. Find inexpensive decorations at local craft stores. Items like bags of cotton make great spider webs when stretched.Distribute candy, and ask the boss to help fund the sweets.
Community News

Number of Women in Partner Positions Almost Doubles

According to a survey by the CPA Personnel Report, 11.7 percent of the partners at the top 25 firms in the United States are women.Overall, this is a relatively small percentage. However, progress for women continues to be made. Four years ago, that number was only 6.7 percent.

Employee Flexible Spending Accounts at Issue

Many employers have cafeteria plans for their employees, and before now, it was thought that employers who funded Flexible Spending Accounts (PSAs) could not hold over any unspent funds they provided for the employee from one year to the next.New interpretations by officials with the Internal Revenue Service are changing this mindset.

Burning the Midnight Oil: Longer Work Hours

It's the way of the world.

Muy Bueno! PwC Lures Recruits with Tacos

In a story published Oct. 8 in The Dallas Morning News, Big 5 firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has found a novel way to get the attention of college students it wants to recruit. Lure them to interviews with breakfast tacos!In September, the company's consulting arm brought 200 breakfast tacos from Taco Cabana to a recruiting stop at Southern Methodist University. Students swarmed to the PwC booth, which quickly ran out of the tacos.

Burnout? Tips for Overcoming Burnout!

As we all know burnout can be a serious condition, not only for top management, but for staff as well. Practice management, and client retention requires a great deal of energy, something that can run in short supply. Here are a few ideas to help you combat burnout: Plan Ahead: Plan your vacations in advance. Encourage your staff to do the same! Make the time, a day, or two, can make a world of difference. Leave your business in good hands: Train personnel and empower those employees to take charge while you are away.

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