Question: Cardinal Technology recently merged with College Electronix a c

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 IFRS. The net present value of CE’s pension assets was $15.5 million, the vested benefit obligation was $12.9 million, and the defined 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 non-vested employees before the end of our fiscal year?”

How should Nye respond to Selma’s remark about firing non-vested employees?

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