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MARCH 28, 2008
This Issue's News Theme:
EMPLOYEE BENEFITS/COMPENSATION
Onsite health clinics and wellness centers provide health and savings
Some big-name companies are offering convenient, low-cost health care services in their offices and are cutting costs as a result.

Supreme Court won't hear case that would have required higher retiree benefits
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a decision made by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia in AARP vs. EEOC that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's rule permitting employers to coordinate their health benefits for retirees with Medicare was "legal and reasonable." The Appeals Court said that "over time, it will likely benefit all retirees."

Onsite day care makes mandatory Saturday workdays a family affair
Accountants know that mandatory Saturdays during tax season will be, well, taxing. But when you add small children to the mix, mandatory Saturdays can become a daycare nightmare.

Latest salary survey shows that, for accountants, it's not all about the money
A recent survey developed by Robert Half International suggests that successfully wooing job candidates takes more than salary alone. While 37 percent of chief financial officers interviewed said offering higher compensation than competitors is the most effective incentive for attracting accounting professionals, nearly as many (33 percent) felt the benefits package had the greatest influence, up from just 2 percent five years ago.

Improved benefits added to companies on 2007 America's Best Workplaces list
Support of employees raising families, more flexibility, and more fun at work than ten years ago, are some of the benefits added to America's best workplaces, according to the Great Place to Work Institute which partners with FORTUNE to produce the annual "100 Best Companies to Work For" list.

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Editor's Note

Compensation. Benefits. Raises. Bonuses. Disability. Family leave. Work/Life balance. Telecommuting. How did all of this become more important than quality of work, staying until the job is done, ethics of the employer, service to the clients/customers, skills of the employees, opportunities to excel and succeed? Oh, it definitely seems to be a buyer's market out there. It's going to be really interesting when the baby-boomers retire. What will happen when the workplace is filled with all those people who got what they asked for? I don't quite get this trend, but I'm happy to report on it.

Gail Perry, CPA
Managing Editor
editor@accountingweb.com


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