Diversity Disclosures

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On this MLK day, we take a look at diversity disclosures and the S&P as detailed by Richard Binder at BenefitsPro.com. Questions: According to McKinsey & Company, how long will it take for Black workers to reach talent parity across all levels in the private sector? However, if promotion, attrition, and external hiring rates were… Read more »

So Can You Tell Me What The Tax Reg. Is For Deductible Tatoos?

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According to Accounting Today, the year 2021 saw some pretty outrageous business deductions. Questions: Which deduction were you the most surprised about? Pick one of the deductions mentioned and write a paragraph to justify its legitimacy. What is the problem with a long-distance call to a client for $0.14? Source: Cohn, M. (2021) The craziest… Read more »

Is your state one of them?

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In a recent article in Accounting Today, Michael Cohn presents the standout states for the highest rate of business fraud. Questions: Which state is the highest? Which state is the lowest? Which state were you most surprised about and why? Which state had the highest single amount per fraud? What was the difference in how… Read more »

Jury Still Deliberating

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According to the New York Times, a federal jury in California is struggling to reach a unanimous verdict on three of 11 charges against Elizabeth Holmes, former CEO of Theranos. Questions: What is the maximum sentence for each federal fraud count? How many counts of fraud is Ms. Holmes facing? What is the makeup of… Read more »

CEO with the “Crass”mas Spirit

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Last Wednesday, the CEO of Better.com, Vishal Garg, fired 900 employees during a 3-minute holiday Zoom presentation. Questions: Where did CEO Garg “bad-mouth” the laid off employees, accusing them of stealing time from the company? What percent of Better.com’s workforce is this? What industry is Better.com in? Explain all the factors that are wrong with… Read more »

Disposable Plates, Cup Holders, and Fast Food Containers

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A company. Lifepack, in Colombia is making eco-friendly plates out of the tops of old pineapple tops. Questions: How old is the company? The company also makes cups that contain seeds. What types of plants can be grown with these products? About how many eco-friendly plates does the company turn out a day? What are… Read more »

Another Ponzi Scheme

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A recent Department of Justice (DoJ) press release indicates that John Piccarreto, Jr., 38, of Rochester, NY, was convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and filing a false tax return in connection with a Ponzi scheme. Questions: What was Mr. Piccarreto’s sentence and the amount of restitution required? How many investors were defrauded? What… Read more »

The Giving Season is Always Open Season for Fraudsters

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According to New Jersey Advance Media, a Burlington County, N.J. man, Mark D’Amico, 42, and his then-girlfriend admitted setting up a GoFundMe page, based on a lie about a helpful homeless man, and ultimately bilked online givers out of $400,000. Questions: What did D’Amico and his girlfriend use the money for? The page said that… Read more »

Be Sure to Leave Santa a lot of Milk (and Cookies) and Dairy Farmers will Thank you!

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According to the Business Insider, for years, the US government has supported the dairy industry to encourage production, but the rising costs and falling returns have forced some farmers to ditch cows altogether. Questions: What happened to milk prices during the Great Depression? What did the government do to make sure keep milk prices high… Read more »

Twitter CEO steps down

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According to the Washington Post, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey¬†announced his resignation from the social media giant. Questions: How did the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, announce his departure and was it expected? Who did Mr. Dorsey put in charge? When Mr. Dorsey announced this, what happened with the stock market and the employees at Twitter?… Read more »