Piece-Rate Work or Overtime Violations

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According to the Miami Herald, a Florida air-conditioning company has been taken to court for the seventh time since 1995 for failing to pay its employees what they are owed. Questions: What is the name of the company and where are they headquartered? What Act have they violated? What agency brings forth the violation suit?… Read more »

Theranos Scandal Story Continues

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While speaking with four former Theranos employees about the upcoming trial of embattled CEO Elizabeth Holmes, CNBC found the former employees want the trial to be over and still fear retribution. Questions: What was Micah Nies’ position at Theranos? Do the former employees think Holmes will be found guilty? Why? What red flags of the… Read more »

Free Housing from Airbnb

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Vacation rental company, Airbnb, said that it would begin offering free accommodation around the world to some 20,000 refugees forced to flee Afghanistan amid the Taliban’s rapid rise to power. Questions: How does the company plan to cover the costs of the initiative? By how much did the European Union indicate that it would increase… Read more »

A Valuable Mineral for Electric Vehicles

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As the first new large-scale lithium mine in the United States in more than a decade is preparing for blasting in Nevada, the project, known as Lithium Americas, is in the courts and has drawn protests from members of a Native American tribe, ranchers and environmental groups. Questions List the bullet point objections to the… Read more »

E & Y Charged

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According to Accounting Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Ernst & Young (EY), one of its current partners, and two of the firm’s former partners Monday with violating auditor independence rules and improper professional conduct. Questions What was the public company audited by EY according to this charge? What were the auditor independence… Read more »

Facebook’s Victory

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According to Reuters, Facebook hits $1 trillion value after the judge rejects antitrust complaints. Questions: Federal and state antitrust complaints sought to have Facebook sell what apps? Where did the judge find flaws in the arguments? What was the bright spot for the FTC in the case? Source: Bartz, D. and E. Culliford. (2021). Facebook… Read more »

Inconsistent Sustainability Assurances

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According to Accounting Today, a new report posits that sustainability reporting standards, as well as assurance services to verify that reporting, vary widely across jurisdictions and individual practitioners and require better standardization. Questions: Which organizations presented the report? According to the report, what percentage of companies report some level of sustainability information, and what percentage… Read more »

KPMG’s Most Recent Fine

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According to Accounting Today, KPMG faces a 15M pound fine (or $21M), for gross misconduct in the U.K. Questions: What were the name of the company and the private equity firm that relied on misstatements by KPMG? What was the name of the partner at the head of the consulting engagement? How many times did… Read more »

Disturbing trend

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According to Benefits Pro.com, life insurers will have to prepare for the possibility that the life span of life insurance policyholders, annuity holders and pension plan participants could fall. Questions: According to the article, the provisional life expectancy at birth in the first half of 2020 was at its lowest level since what year? Is… Read more »

Data Breach at McDonald’s

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According to CNN, McDonald’s is the latest high-profile company to be affected by a data breach, leading to the exposure of private information of customers and employees in South Korea and Taiwan. Questions: What type of data was accessed? What does McDonald’s credit for finding the breach? Did the company experience a data breach in the U.S.? Source:… Read more »