Compensated Absences The Bettinghaus Corporation began business on January 2, 2007 with five employees. It created a sick leave and vacation policy stated as follows: Each employee is allowed eight days of paid sick leave each year and one day of paid vacation leave for each month worked. The accrued vacation leave cannot be taken until the employee has been with the company one year. The sick leave, if not used, accumulates to an 18-day maximum. The vacation leave accumulates for five years, but at any time the employee may request additional compensation in lieu of taking paid vacation leave. The company considers that the requirements of FASB Statement No. 43 have been met and desires to record the liability for both compensated absences on a quarterly basis. The daily gross wages for each employee are $160.
1. Prepare journal entries to record the liability for compensated absences for the first quarter of 2007. Assume no sick leave had been taken by the employees.
2. Prepare a partial interim balance sheet showing how the liability created in Requirement 1 would be reported on March 31, 2007.