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Maintaining Wage and Hour Compliance in 2013

Over the past six years or so, wage and hour lawsuits have become, if not commonplace, extremely prevalent. This trend, fueled by a large number of workers displaced following the financial crisis and stoked by successful settlements and court rulings over the past several years, is unlikely to end anytime soon.
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Twelve Voice Mail Greetings That Will Make You Laugh

Jeff Davidson, "The Work-Life Balance Expert," had some extra time on his hands this week and had probably heard one too many voice mail greetings. Here's his solution to run-of-the-mill recorded greetings.
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Tips for Running a Productive Meeting with Small Business Clients

Handling a client meeting with professional efficiency does not mean ticking through agenda items with military precision. The meeting needs to be handled with efficiency and finesse. Preplanning ensures the meeting will be productive and efficiently managed.
Education & Careers

Cross-Generational Conversation with the Elephants in the Room

While there's comfort in talking with like-minded individuals and supporters, greater progress is made when being inclusive and inviting to prominent seats at the table those who are unaware of issues or who might have biases.
Education & Careers

Women CPAs to Host Virtual Accounting Conference in May

The Second Annual Ultimate Accounting vCon will be held on May 16-17 in the comfort of participants' own offices. The Cloud-based Ultimate Accounting vCon is the brainchild of Michelle Long and Sandi Smith Leyva, two popular accounting industry speakers.
A&A

Report: Most General Ledger Accounts Reconciled Manually

If you think automation is primarily being used to reconcile the general ledger accounts of public and private companies, think again. Nearly two-thirds of finance departments in US companies and one-half in Canadian companies are still using a manual accounting system.
Education & Careers

Hein & Associates Celebrates Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day

Hein & Associates LLP will be transformed into a shopping plaza on April 25. That's because visiting school-aged children will be starting their own businesses – one of many activities the firm has organized for Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day.
Technology

Announcing CCH Axcess: New Modular Tax, Compliance, and Management Tool

CCH has announced the launch of CCH Axcess – a Cloud-based modular tax preparation, compliance, and firm management solution built from the ground up, offering the accounting profession a powerful solution for complete firm management.
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How a Firm Makes the Vault Accounting 50

This is the fourth year that Vault has released its top fifty rankings. During the summer and fall of each year, Vault determines which firms should be included in its initial pool of candidates.
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Are You At Risk of Losing Clients?

Knowing just how satisfied clients are with your services might be difficult if not impossible to gauge on a daily basis. For accountants, recognizing whether clients are considering shifting to another service provider is not always blatantly obvious.
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Auditors Must Make a Positive First Impression

The majority of our society is familiar with the phrase "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." While the inherent logic of the phrase is apparent, our minds typically associate the phrase only with an initial face-to-face encounter between individuals.
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Opportunities in Bloom: Uncovering Midyear Client Opportunities

Spring is a time of optimism, so it's a great time for accounting firms to look for fresh opportunities to grow the business. Lauren Prosser offers five ways accounting firms can "fertilize" existing efforts in order to jump-start business and grow deeper, stronger roots with clients.
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How to Attract New Partners from Inside and Outside Your Firm

Firms looking to add new partners need to abandon "archaic approaches" to doing so, be it with existing staff or when looking at outside candidates. This is the message from "How to Bring in New Partners," written by Marc Rosenberg of The Rosenberg Associates consulting firm.
Education & Careers

'Fun and Dedicated' Workforce Pays Off for El Paso Firm

One look at the El-Paso, Texas-based public accounting firm Strickler & Prieto, LLP's website, and there's little doubt that happy, healthy employees are considered an integral part of the firm's skill set.
Technology

Growing Number of CFOs Using Mobile Technology for Money Management

A survey conducted by Bill.com of corporate financial executives shows a shift toward mobile money management. Two-thirds of respondents reported they now process at least some of their financial transactions on mobile devices.
Practice

The Case for Mandatory Partner Retirement

Almost every firm that I work with has a succession issue in the near term. Baby boomers are retiring at an accelerating rate, and firms are coping (or not) with transition issues surrounding those exits.
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Twelve Metrics Firms Should Track

Dozens of metrics exist for firms to track, number crunch, and strategize around. No two firms will track the same exact metrics in the same way for the same exact reasons. However, focusing on a "defining dozen" can propel firms to the next level.
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CPA Firm Offering Chair Massage to Relieve Employee Tax Season Stress

Porte Brown LLC is one of the growing number of accounting firms investing in their employees' wellness. The firm is offering weekly chair massage therapy sessions for team members during the busy tax season.
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Ditch the Headphones at Work?

Should employees be allowed to wear headphones while they work? This debate has surfaced at least once a month among accounting professionals for the past two or three years, typically during multigenerational discussions around the issue of productivity.
Practice

How to Create a No-Equity Partner Position in Your Firm

Most firms are faced with the dilemma of keeping long-term managers who are major contributors to the firm, but for whatever reason, are not ready to be equity partners (or who perhaps never will have what it takes to be equity partners).

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