Legal Alert: How Does FMLA and EFMLA Apply to Leaves?

March 31, 2020
The Department of Labor has released several questions and answers, with the most recent released on Saturday, March 28th. Clarification was provided on how FMLA and EFMLA apply to leaves and the 12-month period. A link to the Q&A is provided below, and this topic is addressed starting with... Find out more »

Legal Alert: What Employers are Subject to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)?

Updated 04/01/20 Which Employers Are Subject To The Act? The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law on March 18, 2020. That law includes the new Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSL) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLA). The benefits and... Find out more »

Legal Alert: FFCRA Employee Notice

March 26, 2020
The Department of Labor (DOL) released the notice that employers are required to post in their workplaces in relation to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). A copy of the notice can be downloaded by clicking here. While the notice technically must be posted in a... Find out more »

Legal Alert: Collecting Premiums During Employee’s Leave of Absence

March 23, 2020
When an employee takes an unpaid leave of absence, the question arises on how an employer should collect benefit premium payments to continue benefits during that time. The only regulatory guidance on this comes from the original Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations. Following those,... Find out more »

Legal Alert: Notice Requirements When Making Health Plan Design Changes

March 21, 2020
As employers work to stay financially solvent during the COVID-19 pandemic, many are looking to change their health plan designs in order to ensure employees have access to the care they need while balancing the financial impact on the business. The type of change contemplated dictates when notice... Find out more »

Congress Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 19, 2020
On March 18, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA is a bipartisan effort to help employers and individuals alike in managing pay, benefits, and business considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus of this... Find out more »

Offering Telehealth to Employees Not Eligible for Group Health Plans

March 18, 2020
Many employers that sponsor group health plans have portions of their employee population that are not eligible for the group health plan, typically because they are part-time employees. Employers sometimes wish to give these part-time employees something to assist them with their health care needs... Find out more »

Stronger. Together.

To our clients and friends: In these unprecedented days, we truly are only stronger together. We’re inspired by the many stories of people collaborating to care for those in our communities impacted by the virus. Like many of you, Alera Group is taking steps to protect our employees, their... Find out more »

COVID-19 Update Employee Terminations, Furloughs, and Lay-offs: COBRA, Reinstatement, and Closed Businesses

As much of the country is locked-down due to coronavirus 19 (COVID-19), employers have concerns regarding their employee benefit programs. This may stem from a reduction in hours and, unfortunately, from terminating, furloughing, or laying-off employees – at least temporarily. The following are... Find out more »

Information for Employers and Group Health Plan Sponsors on COVID-19

March 17, 2020
States and the federal government have issued (or re-issued) guidance for employers in response to the recent novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As of March 14, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported more than 2,000 cases from 49 states and... Find out more »