Required information The Personnel Department at Hernandez Bros. is centralized and provides services to the two operating units: Miami and New York. The Miami unit is the original unit of the company and is well established. The New York unit is new, much like a start-up company. The costs of the Personnel Department are allocated to each unit based on the number of employees in order to determine unit profitability. The current rate is $610 per employee. Data for the fiscal year just ended show the following:     Miami New York Number of employees 1,310 410 Number of new hires 11 31 Number of employees departing 19 19       Required: a. Compute the cost allocated to each unit using the current allocation system. b. Livan, the manager of the Miami unit, is unhappy with the allocation from Personnel. He believes that he gets little benefit other than the occasional hire and termination help. He asks the controller’s office to estimate the amount of Personnel Department cost associated with routine personnel matters (benefits, and so on) and those associated with hiring employees and assisting with departing employees (transitions). The controller responds that if they separated the overhead costs on this basis, the rates would be $310 per employee for routine matters and $6,450 for each transition (each hiring and each departure counts as one transition). Recompute the costs allocated to each unit using the separate rates for routine and transitional matters.          Total Allocated Cost     Miami New York a. using current allocation system    ?     ? b. using separate rates     ?     ?

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The Personnel Department at Hernandez Bros. is centralized and provides services to the two operating units: Miami and New York. The Miami unit is the original unit of the company and is well established. The New York unit is new, much like a start-up company. The costs of the Personnel Department are allocated to each unit based on the number of employees in order to determine unit profitability. The current rate is $610 per employee. Data for the fiscal year just ended show the following:

 

  Miami New York
Number of employees 1,310 410
Number of new hires 11 31
Number of employees departing 19 19
 
 
 
Required:

a. Compute the cost allocated to each unit using the current allocation system.

b. Livan, the manager of the Miami unit, is unhappy with the allocation from Personnel. He believes that he gets little benefit other than the occasional hire and termination help. He asks the controller’s office to estimate the amount of Personnel Department cost associated with routine personnel matters (benefits, and so on) and those associated with hiring employees and assisting with departing employees (transitions). The controller responds that if they separated the overhead costs on this basis, the rates would be $310 per employee for routine matters and $6,450 for each transition (each hiring and each departure counts as one transition).
 
Recompute the costs allocated to each unit using the separate rates for routine and transitional matters.
 

 
      Total Allocated Cost
    Miami New York
a. using current allocation system    ?     ?
b. using separate rates     ?     ?

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