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    1. Are social media posts protected? What all employers need to know about the NLRB and social media  

    BY Laura Lapidus, Esq., and Sarah Beckett Ference, CPA
    We’ve all read news at one time or another about labor issues or disputes between company management and union employees. Many employers with nonunionized workforces, such as CPA firms, don’t think these stories are relevant to them and pay little attention to decisions by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the federal agency that enforces the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

    2. Pricing issues for midsize and large firm sales  

    BY Joel Sinkin and Terrence Putney, CPA
    It’s no simple task for accounting firm owners to figure out how much they should be paid when they are looking to sell. The job is especially complex for firms with at least five owners.The reasons for that are examined in this article, the second in a three-part series on calculating the price that should be paid for owners’ equity in accounting firms.

    3. Balance, teamwork part of vision for future  

    BY Sheon Ladson Wilson
    The 400,000th member of the AICPA said her generation of Millennial CPAs is intent on achieving a balance between work and home life, and gaining acceptance for a team-oriented work culture.Resolving these issues is crucial to keeping the profession strong and vibrant, said Jennifer Highsmith, CPA, 27, who joined the AICPA this year, helping it reach the membership milestone.“You’re more readily available at any time these days than you were before.

    4. Succession challenges for U.S. CPA firms to tackle  

    BY Jim Knafo, CPA, CGMA, and Anita Dennis
    About half of all U.S. CPA firms will likely lose at least one partner or principal to retirement in the next five years, the AICPA learned as part of a worldwide survey conducted in May 2014 by the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA), which is made up of 11 of the world’s leading accounting institutes.

    5. How to deliver successful diversity and inclusion results and benchmark your progress   WebExclusive

    BY Ken Tysiac
    As leaders in the accounting profession come to understand the business case for diversity and inclusion, they often have a similar quandary. “The next natural question is, ‘So what do I do about it?’ ” said Kenneth Bouyer, CPA, chairman of the AICPA National Commission on Diversity & Inclusion and EY Americas director of Inclusiveness Recruiting.

    6. How to deliver successful diversity and inclusion results and benchmark your progress   WebExclusive

    BY Ken Tysiac
    As leaders in the accounting profession come to understand the business case for diversity and inclusion, they often have a similar quandary. “The next natural question is, ‘So what do I do about it?’ ” said Kenneth Bouyer, CPA, chairman of the AICPA National Commission on Diversity & Inclusion and EY Americas director of Inclusiveness Recruiting.

    7. Ibanez ruling set precedent for right of CPAs to advertise dual credentials  

    BY Michael Buddendeck, Esq., and Andrea Short, Esq.
    This June marked the 20th anniversary of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that remains of interest to the accounting profession because the litigants included a state board of accountancy and a dually credentialed attorney advertising that she was both a CPA and an attorney. In Ibanez v.

    8. Pricing issues for small firm sales  

    BY Joel Sinkin and Terrence Putney, CPA
    For CPAs looking to sell their accounting practice, it can be a big plus to be in a small firm. That’s because small firms generally can command higher multiples than big firms, and external sales usually produce higher prices for accounting practices than internal ownership transfers. Those are two of the trends that will be explored in a three-part series on valuation issues in accounting firms.

    9. CPAs have opportunities in financial planning and forecasting   WebExclusive

    BY Ken Tysiac
    Many accountants may have opportunities to expand their service offerings to small business clients by providing financial planning and forecasting, according to a new survey.Just one in three accountants offers financial planning or forecast services as part of clients’ business planning process, according to a survey of 150 accountants by business software company Exact.“Small businesses that see the bigger picture are likely to capitalize on an opportunity before their competition does, but too many are focused on the day to day,” Steve Leavitt, general manager of U.S.

    10. All in a dishonest day’s work  

    BY Deborah K. Rood, CPA and Gretchen McCole
    It’s difficult to believe, but sometimes CPA firm employees, and even partners, steal from clients. While a CPA firm’s leaders may believe this would never happen to them, claim experience in the AICPA Professional Liability Insurance Program demonstrates this does occur. Consider these claim scenarios:SCENARIO 1A CPA firm provided bookkeeping and bill-paying services to several clients.
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