Human resource and talent management

Working to close the skills gap

Many organizations are having difficulty finding skilled talent. This infographic explores the methods employers are using to attract top candidates and innovate their talent searches.

Regulation remains top risk for 2015

Some familiar risks are top-of-mind for executives and board members, and new concerns are emerging as well, according to survey results released Monday.

Drive competencies and develop talent

The financial planning and analysis department at Baker Hughes is more valuable and more collaborative thanks to a three-step employee-development process, the company’s Michael Kinney, CPA, explains.

U.S. economy on a roll, according to survey of finance executives

Economic optimism is up from a year ago, led by brighter projections in revenue, profits, and hiring, according to the latest quarterly survey of finance executives in business and industry by the AICPA. Availability of skilled personnel is a rising concern.

ERISA: 40 years later

The 40th anniversary of ERISA’s enactment is a good time to look back at the problems with pensions that the legislation was intended to solve, and the problems that face today’s and tomorrow’s retirees, who increasingly must provide for their own retirement.

A pipeline for diversity

A professionwide effort to grow the ranks of underrepresented minorities in accounting has been developed by the Howard University School of Business Center for Accounting Education’s Pipeline Working Group, supported by the AICPA. The initiative is focusing on reaching out to high school and community college students in an effort to create a pipeline of talent to the profession.

Health care reform essentials

New health care regulations create many challenges and opportunities for businesses. Here are 10 things CPAs should know about the new rules to help the businesses they serve make wise decisions.

Finance professionals are upbeat, but they have staffing concerns

U.S. finance professionals are feeling good on a number of fronts. They are optimistic about the U.S. economy and their own businesses. Most expect to make a higher profit than they did a year ago, and an increasing number say they’d like to hire additional staff. That last part is,

Canadian financial executives getting more HR oversight duties

Senior financial executives in Canada are increasing their oversight of human resources, but many rate their knowledge of HR functions as moderate or average, according to a new survey. Sixty-one percent of Canadian financial executives reported that they have taken on more accountability for HR functions such as payroll, recruitment,

Businesses lagging in preparation for new health care laws

Many U.S. employers are lacking in preparation for—and awareness of—new health care laws, according to a survey. More than one-third (36%) of more than 800 corporate decision-makers said they are not very familiar with the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, P.L. 111-148, according to a survey

How to calculate employer health care responsibilities

In compliance with new health care employer responsibility regulations, two halves indeed equal a whole for employers when they determine their number of full-time employees. To determine whether a business is subject to the employer mandate penalty under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), P.L. 111-148, the business

Seven ways for small businesses to rein in health care costs

Editor's note: On Feb. 10, the IRS delayed the penalty for employers with 50 to 99 full-time equivalent employees. Click here for details. New health care regulations in the United States have small business leaders bracing for increased costs and eager to save where they can. Although it was delayed

Honing your hiring

It takes some detective work to hire the right new employee. Management needs to piece together clues about the applicant’s personality and work history. It takes time to determine whether a candidate has the character and credentials to fit the company’s needs. Here are a few steps to help you

Internal auditors get modest raises in U.S., Canada

U.S. organizations gave internal auditors slightly more generous base-salary increases in the past 12 months, but the magnitude of raises fell slightly in Canada, according to a new survey report. The percentage of U.S. organizations that gave internal auditors base salary increases of 4% or more grew to 16% from


2018 financial reporting survey: Challenges and trends

Learn the top reporting challenges that emerged in a survey of more than 800 finance, accounting, and compliance professionals across the world, and compare them with your organization's obstacles.


How the skill set for today’s CFO is changing

Scott Simmons, a search expert for large-company CFOs, gives advice for the next generation of finance leaders and more, including which universities are regularly producing future CEOs and CFOs.