August 2012

Why companies continue to offer group health insurance plans to employees

The Washington Post's Sarah Kliff recently offered an explanation for a survey showing that zero of 512 companies planned to stop providing health insurance programs to employees as a result of the Affordable Care Act - offering these benefits pays off for employers. Kliff asserted that these business leaders simply...
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States, IRS now using specialized software to detect companies’ unpaid tax liabilities

In recent years, a number of U.S. states and the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have begun adopting an increasingly sophisticated array of tools to aid in the identification of companies that attempt to evade taxes or flout other regulatory requirements. Several states, including Washington and Louisiana, have...
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Retention rates heavily influenced by work-life balance, job enjoyment

According to a new study released on August 28 by the American Psychological Association (APA), the top reasons given by U.S. workers for remaining in their current jobs include the ability to maintain a positive work-life balance and getting general enjoyment out of their work. The APA's Workforce Retention Survey was...
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Tropical Storm Isaac raises issue of continuity planning for Gulf Coast businesses

With Tropical Storm Isaac approaching the Gulf Coast, local enterprises and individuals are being subjected to a variety of warnings and advisory notices regarding weather-related threats to their lives and property. Several local governments have even issued mandatory evacuation orders, according to the Washington...
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Internal audit consultants can help companies identify their most pressing risks

Many executives are aware of the importance of risk management. However, CFO Magazine recently profiled one problem that businesses must confront - the possibility that focusing on "pet" risks can distract corporate leaders and hinder their ability to address big-picture issues. Pet risks are those that seem particularly...
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Drought may lead to boon for farming equipment manufacturers in mid-term

At first glance, this year's dry conditions may look like a disaster for both U.S. farmers and the equipment manufacturers that depend on agricultural activity for their own livelihood. However, the reality of the situation is more complicated. Samuel Allen, chairman and chief executive officer at Deere and Co., recently...
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Financial professionals should prepare for the impact of new data management tools

Data management has come to play an increasingly critical role in the operations of many companies. The need to carefully organize and control the flow of information is especially palpable for financial professionals. According to a study of over 300 C-level executives conducted by Oracle, 93 percent of respondents...
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Business leaders must evaluate options carefully

Best Buy founder Richard Schulze recently expressed an interest in buying out the company. In a letter to the Best Buy board of directors, Schulze offered to pay $26 per share, which would value the entire company at up to $8.84 billion. The company has reacted cautiously. Being confronted with such starkly divergent...
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Consumer goods companies must account for market trends

According to a study by research firm TNS, demand for sparkling wine and Champagne is currently on the rise, offering an opportunity to some beverage makers and posing a challenge for others. Champagne and other sparkling wines could increase their overall share of the global alcohol market from 5.1 percent to 7.8...
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Businesses can still benefit from Recovery Act’s renewable energy incentives

The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - commonly referred to as "the stimulus" - made government funding available for a wide range of development activities, including the deployment of renewable energy systems at individual businesses. However, many corporate leaders may not be aware that they can still cash...
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