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The ethics of firing nonvested employees - Carindal Technology

(Nonvested Employees?An Ethical Dilemma) Cardinal Technology recently merged with College Electronix, a computer graphics manufacturing firm. In performing a comprehensive audit of CE's accounting system, Richard Nye, internal audit manager for Cardinal Technology, discovered that the new subsidiary did not capitalize pension assets and liabilities, subject to the requirements of FASB Statement No. 87. 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. Nye reported this audit finding to Renée Selma, the newly appointed controller of CE. A few days later Selma called Nye for his advice on what to do. Selma started her conversation by asking, "Can't we eliminate the negative income effect of our pension dilemma simply by terminating the employment of nonvested employees before the end of our fiscal year?


How should Nye respond to Selma's remark about firing nonvested employees?

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First, the vested benefit obligation shows Cardinal Technology's liability due if employees leave the company. Hence, no amount is included in the VBO pertaining to non-vested employees. Hence, firing ...

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The ethical dilemmas of firing a non-vested employees for Cardinal Technology is examined.