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Most executives remain confident about business growth

Six percent of chief financial officers said they plan to hire full-time accounting and finance employees during the third quarter of 2010, while 9 percent anticipate staff reductions. Despite those numbers, CFOs remain optimistic about the outlook for their businesses.
Practice Management

Employees want day off to demonstrate on immigration! What should I do?

With the recent passage in Arizona of a controversial immigration-related state law, and indications from the Obama administration and Congress that immigration reform legislation will be put on the fast-track, we might soon be seeing more immigrants’ rights demonstrations.
Education & Careers

Accounting, finance professionals seek career growth

Nearly 80 percent of accounting and finance professionals prefer work that provides an opportunity for growth or advancement, even if it means a more stressful work day.
Education & Careers

Tips for working with a younger boss

With the Boomers generally in no hurry to leave the workforce for both personal and economic reasons, and the younger generations positioning for greater responsibility, the occurrence of older workers reporting to younger ones is proliferating.
Practice

Survey: Promotions, salary increases are most popular retention tools

More than three-fourths of executives are willing to sweeten the pot to avoid losing their best employees when economic conditions improve, according to survey findings.
Practice

Blame the economy: More workers are getting to work on time

A tighter job market may be contributing to increased punctuality at work. A new survey reveals that 16 percent of workers said they arrive late to work at least once a week, down from 20 percent in last year's survey.
Practice

Retaining African Americans in the accounting profession

The low number of African Americans in the accounting profession is discouraging, and that number might even be declining despite the best efforts of hiring firms.
A&A

OSHA increases its emphasis on accurate recordkeeping

Now more than ever, it's important to dot the i's and cross the t's when it comes to reporting your employees' workplace injuries and illnesses.
A&A

Congress extends COBRA subsidy

The COBRA subsidy, which was initially a provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), was extended in the Department of Defense Appropriations bill, which was signed by President Obama on December 21.
A&A

Keeping illegal immigration issues on ICE: U.S. immigration and customs enforcement shifts focus to employers

The images tend to be memorable and camera-friendly – federal agents stage a well-publicized bust on a manufacturing or meat-packing plant and cart off hundreds of undocumented workers.
A&A

Determining which employees are disabled under the new ADA regulations

By Richard AlanizWading into the depths of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to determine who is disabled and who is not has never been a simple task for employers or their employees. On January 1, 2009 amendments to the Act took effect but the new amendments left many unanswered questions. Now, as instructed by Congress, the U.S. Equal Employment Commission has proposed rules designed to bring some clarity to both employers and employees.  
Practice Management

Future leadership and the case for facilitated dialogues within work teams

I believe facilitated dialogues within work teams are the key solution to achieving change and harmony among the different generations.
Community News

Different generations in the workplace can collaborate successfully

We hear that older generations are technophobes who resist working in the way the younger generations do and will not bridge the gap technologically.
A&A

Congress may require small businesses to play or pay for health insurance for employees

At this point in the health care reform debate, both the House and the Senate have put forth proposals for a "play or pay" mandate for employers to provide health insurance...
Practice

Invest in next Gen X leaders now!

Many smart companies and professional firms have not abandoned training in these tight economic times. They are betting that training and coaching the next generation in leadership skills will help them through the recovery period and give them an edge when competitors start building again.
Practice Management

Involve the younger generations in succession planning

Most people think that succession planning is a top down activity involving management and seasoned professionals. I suggest it is better to involve the younger generations as well so that they can help create a vision for what the organization aspires to and what it is really looking for in long-term leadership.
Practice Management

Client relationships: A growing generation gap?

By Phyllis Weiss HaserotThis is part of a series of regular columns by generational expert and internationally known consultant, coach, writer, and speaker Phyllis Weiss Haserot on intergenerational relations and navigating the challenges of the multi-generational workplace for better productivity, retention, succession planning, and business development results.
A&A

DOL clarifies stimulus bill’s COBRA rules and issues model notices

The Department of Labor (DOL) has published model notices of temporary premium reductions in COBRA payments mandated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (the stimulus bill), that employers are required to send to employees whose loss of coverage occurred between September 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009. Eligible individuals should receive a notice by April 18 informing them of this opportunity. The stimulus package reduces the premium for COBRA coverage for eligible individuals to 35 percent of the full COBRA premiums for up to nine months.
Practice

Mutual mentoring across the generations

By Phyllis Weiss HaserotThis is the seventh in a series of regular columns by generational expert and internationally known consultant, coach, writer, and speaker Phyllis Weiss Haserot on intergenerational relations and navigating the challenges of the multi-generational workplace for better productivity, retention, succession planning, and business development results.

Avoid discrimination claims with pre-layoff audits

Employers contemplating reductions in force (RIFs) can avoid or minimize exposure to discrimination claims through relatively quick and inexpensive pre-RIF statistical audits. A comprehensive audit identifies potential vulnerability prior to a suit being filed and will help ensure that data and documentation exist, showing that any disparities are the result of nondiscriminatory factors.Audits begin with the same type of statistical review plaintiffs would perform in seeking to make out a prima facie case of discrimination.

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