Get Curious: A Simple Question to Ask Your Employees

June 28, 2018
Rachel Druckenmiller, MS – Director of Wellbeing How do we engage our employees? This is a question I hear on a weekly basis. With employee disengagement hovering around 70%, it's not surprising that this question keeps coming up year after year. Often, we expect a vendor or a portal... Find out more »

What Should You Expect for Workers’ Comp Costs? Doom or Boom?

June 27, 2018
Two experts recently gave their opinions on the future of workers’ comp costs. One expert is pessimistic, the other one is optimistic. What do you think? Doom? Workers’ compensation costs could increase 300 percent by 2030, according to economist Richard Victor, a senior fellow with the... Find out more »

Answering Your Employee’s Questions About Enrolling in Medicare

Working past age 65 is no longer uncommon. According to the U.S. Jobs report, almost 19 percent of people 65 or older worked at least part-time in the second quarter of 2017. With that in mind, it pays to be aware of current guidelines for employees who want to keep their group health care... Find out more »

Simple Steps to Reduce Telecommuting-Related Risks

June 25, 2018
Employers’ Responsibilities: 1. Provide clear job descriptions, goals and reporting procedures for your telecommuting employees. 2. Ensure your workers’ compensation coverage applies to telecommuters. For example, if you have out-of-state teleworkers, make sure you have “other... Find out more »

Alera Group Acquires Second Nevada Firm

DEERFIELD, IL (June 25, 2018) — Alera Group, a leading national employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management and wealth management firm, has acquired Menath Insurance. Terms of the transactions were not announced. Menath Insurance, headquartered in Incline Village, Nevada, is a... Find out more »

10 Tips for Thinking Outside the Wellness Box

When most of us think of the word, “wellness”, images of yoga mats, massages and FitBits are typically what come to mind. While fitness, stress relief and exercise are all important components of wellness initiatives at companies, there’s more to being well than what we eat and how we... Find out more »

Alera Group’s Teddy Felker Named Business Insurance 2018 Break Out Award Winner

June 21, 2018
DEERFIELD, IL  - Teddy Felker Managing Director, Private Equity Practice for GCG, an Alera Group Company, has been named a Business Insurance 2018 Break Out Award Winner. Alera Group is a leading national employee benefits, property/casualty, risk management and wealth management firm The Break... Find out more »

DOL Releases Final Rule Expanding Association Health Plans

June 20, 2018
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule expanding the opportunity of unrelated employers of all sizes (but particularly small employers) to offer employment-based health insurance through Association Health Plans (AHPs).  Significantly, the final rule applies “large group”... Find out more »

Alera Group Expands Southwestern Presence by Adding Nevada Firm

June 19, 2018
DEERFIELD, IL and LAS VEGAS, NV — Alera Group, a leading national employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management and wealth management firm, has acquired Kaercher Insurance, which includes Kaercher Campbell, Kaercher Insurance Agency and Sundance Insurance. Terms of the transactions... Find out more »

Legal Alert: IRS Issues Affordability Percentage Adjustment for 2019

June 7, 2018
In Rev. Proc. 2018-34, the IRS released the inflation adjusted amounts for 2019 relevant to determining whether employer-sponsored coverage is “affordable” for purposes of the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA’s”) employer shared responsibility provisions and premium tax credit program.  As... Find out more »