DOL Issues Updated FFCRA Regulations In Light Of Recent Federal Court Decision

September 15, 2020
On September 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) released a temporary rule updating certain FFCRA regulations.  The temporary rule is scheduled to be published on September 16, 2020, and will be effective immediately through the expiration of the FFCRA’s paid leave... Find out more »

Alera Group’s Lisa Allen Invited to Join U.S. Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council

August 27, 2020
Allen is Only Expert Chosen to Represent the Insurance Industry Lisa Allen, Senior Compliance Consultant at Alera Group, has been named to the U.S. Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council in the Insurance category. Her appointment is effective immediately and concludes December 31,... Find out more »

Alera Group Acquires FNL Insurance Group

August 20, 2020
Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement services and wealth management firm, announced today that is has acquired FNL Insurance Group. For over 40 years, FNL Insurance Group has been helping clients with their employee benefit and health care insurance needs.... Find out more »

Alera Group Acquires Banasky Insurance Inc.

August 18, 2020
P&C Firm Marks Alera Group’s Expansion into Utah Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement services and wealth management firm, announced today that it has acquired Banasky Insurance Inc., effective August 1, 2020. With locations in Price, Utah,... Find out more »

President Trump Issues Executive Orders Intending to Lower the Cost of Prescription Drugs

August 3, 2020
On July 24, 2020, President Trump issued several Executive Orders intending to lower prescription drug costs by (1) modifying anti-kickback laws to lower drug prices, (2) reducing trade barriers to increase importation of drugs and lower prices, and (3) improving access to insulin and epinephrine... Find out more »

Alera Group Appoints Jim Wochele as Vice President, Sales Development

July 1, 2020
Alera Group is excited to announce that Jim Wochele has recently been appointed as its national Vice President of Sales Development, effective June 29, 2020. Wochele will oversee sales training & development, strategy and execution across the United States. Wochele is an accomplished... Find out more »

As HHS Finalizes Its Updated §1557 Rules, the United States Supreme Court Rules Title VII Protects Individuals From Discrimination Due To Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

June 17, 2020
On June 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released its Final Rule under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act which, among other things, modifies the regulation issued by HHS in May 2016 (“2016 Rules”).  The 2016 Rules were subject to... Find out more »

Legal Alert: IRS Releases Updated Form 720 Used For PCORI Fee Payments

June 16, 2020
As we recently reported, on June 8, 2020, the IRS released the applicable PCORI fee for plan years ending between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020.  As we indicated in that alert, an updated Form 720 had not yet been released and, therefore, employers were advised to wait to file their... Find out more »

Alera Group Releases Results of COVID-19 Employer Pulse Survey: Phase 2

One-Third of All Employers Furloughed Employees Yet Nearly 85% Plan to Bring Back Workers Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement services and wealth management firm, today released the results of the Alera Group COVID-19 Employer Pulse Survey: Phase 2.... Find out more »

REMINDER: PCORI Fees Due By July 31, 2020

June 8, 2020
Employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) should keep in mind the upcoming July 31, 2020 deadline for paying fees that fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  As background, the PCORI was established as... Find out more »