Posts Tagged ‘exempt’

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

A Change In Overtime & The Average Work Week

How and when a CPA firm pays overtime is something that has been discussed and argued for years. It is not always easy deciding who is “exempt” and who is “non-exempt”.

I have found that most firms are very careful about these rules. I just wanted to give you a heads-up about some new overtime pay protections for low-salaried managers that are in the works.

Here’s the article on CNN Money – be sure you are in the know for your firm and for your clients.

Here’s another interesting fact. According to a Gallup poll from last fall. The average U.S. employee works 46.7 hours per week. So, don’t think it is just the accounting profession that has extended hours.

The best thing about public accounting hours is that, for many accountants, the extra hours occur in winter and when summer arrives it’s a 40-hour work week.

  • Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.
  • Tim Notke

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

CPA Firm Staff Compensation Strategies – It’s Money and A Lot More

The talent wars are heating up. According to, recently released research reveals that not only are nearly half of employees looking for greener pastures, but that top performers are the ones most likely to be looking.

I believe this will be an issue for the remainder of 2012 for public accounting. Many top performers have stuck with the firm during the economic downturn and are now itching to move on because it seems like every CPA firm is now hiring.

How do you keep them? One way is to take a critical look at your staff compensation strategies. Maybe it’s time for a facelift. Also, compensation strategies include a whole lot more than actual wages. Most firms that I have talked to this year, so far, are actually paying their people fairly well. Just keep in mind, with today’s workforce, the Beatles were right: …money can’t buy me love.

I hope you will join me tomorrow at 12PM Eastern for a CPA Leadership Institute Webinar: Staff Compensation Strategies That Inspire And Retain Talent. Follow the link to register.

We will talk about money (salaries, bonuses, incentives), the three basics of CPA firm salaries, walking the exempt vs. non-exempt tight-rope plus all of the little things that make the biggest difference – things that don’t cost you much money at all.

  • Gossip is when you hear something you like about someone you don't.
  • Earl Wilson