non vested employees an ethical dilemma thinken technology 263794

(Non-vested Employees—An Ethical Dilemma) Thinken Technology recently merged with College Electronic (CE), a computer graphics manufacturing firm. In performing a comprehensive audit of CE’s accounting system, Gerald Ott, internal audit manager for Thinken Technology, discovered that the new subsidiary did not record pension assets and liabilities, subject to GAAP. The net present value of CE’s pension assets was $15.5 million, the vested benefit obligation was $12.9 million, and the projected benefit obligation was $17.4 million. Ott reported this audit finding to Julie Habbe, the newly appointed controller of CE. A few days later Habbe called Ott for his advice on what to do. Habbe started her conversation by asking, ?oCan’t we eliminate the negative income effect of our pension dilemma simply by terminating the employment of non-vested employees before the end of our fiscal year??? How should Ott respond to Habbe’s remark about firing non-vested employees?

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