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Ways to Make Childcare Costs a Little More Affordable

Childcare can be an employee’s most expensive work-related expense. Fortunately, there is a benefit program you can offer that will at least provide tax relief to employees who use daycare providers. The program is the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP). If you can’t offer a... Read more »

REMINDER: PCORI Fees Due By July 31, 2019

This alert is of interest to all employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs).  Note that the PCORI fee does not apply to most health FSAs. Employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including health reimbursement... Read more »

Alera Group Acquires HighRidge Insurance Services

Alera Group, a leading national insurance firm, today announced its acquisition of HighRidge Insurance Services (HighRidge), effective May 1, 2019. HighRidge, located in Westlake Village, California, provides employee benefits services to clients throughout the state. With an emphasis in... Read more »

Alera Group Acquires ARMS Insurance Group

DEERFIELD, IL — Alera Group, a leading national insurance firm, today announced its acquisition of ARMS Insurance Group (ARMS), effective May 1, 2019. ARMS, a General Agency headquartered in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, has served insurance brokers throughout western Pennsylvania and... Read more »

Alera Group Acquires Shepler & Fear General Agency, Inc.

DEERFIELD, IL — Alera Group, a leading national insurance firm, today announced its acquisition of Shepler & Fear General Agency (SFGA), effective May 1, 2019. Founded in 2009, SFGA is a premier general agency located in Roseville, California. The firm specializes in large group,... Read more »

Alera Group Acquires Shomer Insurance Agency

Alera Group, a leading national insurance firm, today announced its acquisition of Shomer Insurance Agency, Inc (Shomer), effective May 1, 2019. Terms of the transaction were not announced. Located in Los Angeles, California, Shomer offers insurance and risk management programs to clients... Read more »

Advantages and Disadvantages of the Emerging Telehealth Trend

Telehealth/telemedicine is being touted as a great innovation — the ability to talk to a provider any time of the day from home for little or no cost. There are advantages and disadvantages. If you sponsor a health care coverage plan for your employees, you might have considered the... Read more »

Unlimited Vacation – Good Idea? or Too Many Headaches?

Who wouldn’t want unlimited vacation time? Here are a few advantages, as well as pitfalls. Who wouldn’t want unlimited vacation? Employees like it because they gain more time to relax and can come back to the office refreshed and ready to work. Employers, like you, can benefit,... Read more »

Legal Alert: New Court Ruling on Association Health Plans

Association Health Plans allowed small businesses to band together for more affordable healthcare, and they have been a hot topic of late. After the Department of Labor under the Trump administration issued its final ruling on Association Health Plans (AHPs) last summer, several states took up... Read more »

Alera Group Acquires Phalanx Healthcare Solutions, LLC

DEERFIELD, IL — Alera Group, a leading national insurance firm, today announced its acquisition of Phalanx Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Phalanx), effective March 1, 2019. Located in New York City, Phalanx is a leading insurance and reinsurance broker of medical malpractice insurance for... Read more »