Five Elements Challenging the Workforce During COVID-19

May 29, 2020
During a recent Return to Work Alera Group webinar, nearly 500 participants were polled on the most significant challenges facing their workforce at this point in the COVID-19 crisis. Employers throughout the U.S. have had to transition their employees to remote work, or make other adjustments in... Find out more »

IRS Releases 2021 HSA Contribution Limits and HDHP Deductible and Out-of-Pocket Limits

May 28, 2020
In Rev. Proc. 2020-32, the IRS released the inflation adjusted amounts for 2020 relevant to HSAs and high deductible health plans (HDHPs).  The table below summarizes those adjustments and other applicable limits.   2021... Find out more »

Three Key Questions to Ask While Creating Your Return-to-Work Strategy

May 27, 2020
Employers across the country are planning their strategy for returning employees to the worksite—whether that is an office building, a factory, a job site or another location. As employers develop and execute their strategic playbook, there are three key questions they should ask... Find out more »

Resources for Reopening a Workplace Amid COVID-19

May 20, 2020
With the nation in various stages of reopening from shutdowns related to COVID-19, businesses and other organizations are following procedures to keep their employees and their customers safe. Some are in the planning stages, while those that never closed are operating differently from how they did... Find out more »

Carrier Premium Credits and ERISA Fiduciary Obligations

May 18, 2020
Due to COVID-19 and state and local stay-at-home orders, utilization of group medical and dental insurance benefits is down.  As a result, some carriers recently notified employers that they will be issued premium credits. When asking how these premium credits should be treated by the... Find out more »

Weekly Wrap-up: Wellbeing Resources

We are nine weeks into this new mode of work and the pace doesn’t really seem to be slowing at all for most of you.  Each week, the landscape we are living and working in seems to change dramatically, and with that comes new challenges and projects. We seem to be in a constant... Find out more »

IRS Relaxes Election Change, Other Rules for Cafeteria Plans and FSAs

May 13, 2020
As the country continues to feel the impact of the COVID-19 National Emergency declared by President Trump on March 13, 2020, the IRS has provided some much-needed guidance and relief for employees.  On May 12, 2020, the IRS issued Notices 2020-29 and 2020-33, which, among other things,... Find out more »

Employer Insurance Premium Payment Grace Periods & Premiums Returned to Employers Inadvertent ERISA Issues

May 11, 2020
During this pandemic, many employers are having to curtail operations and are going through the difficult process of finding cost-saving measures because of the sudden reduction in revenue caused by the various COVID-19 related state and local government orders. Many carriers are allowing, and... Find out more »

Weekly Wrap-up: Wellbeing Resources

We have all felt the mental health impacts from this crisis and so many of you have done an amazing job making this a focus in the programming you are bringing to employees during this time.   A study published this week paints an even bleaker picture than I imagined.  More than 1 in 4... Find out more »

Being Prepared for a HIPAA Audit

May 4, 2020
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) periodically audits covered entities (i.e. health plans, health care clearinghouses, and health care providers) to ensure compliance with HIPAA’s regulations.  HIPAA audit or investigation penalties for noncompliance can amount to millions of dollars... Find out more »