Agencies Extend Deadline to Pay COBRA Premiums and Certain Other ERISA and Internal Revenue Codes Due to COVID-19

April 30, 2020
The impacts of the COVID-19 National Emergency, as declared by President Trump on March 13, 2020, have been vast.  As a result, many employers and employees are struggling to meet their various filing, notice, election, or other deadlines.  In order to ease this burden on employers, plans... Find out more »

COVID-19 and Cafeteria Plan Considerations

April 27, 2020
This legal alert was updated May 13, 2020. A cafeteria plan, or Section 125 plan, sometimes referred to as a POP plan, allows employees to pay for certain expenses on a pretax basis. Employees choose between a taxable benefit (cash, typically distributed via payroll) and two or more pre-tax... Find out more »

Alera Group Acquires Barkley Risk Management & Insurance

April 21, 2020
Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement services and wealth management firm, announced today that it has acquired Barkley Risk Management & Insurance (Barkley), effective April 1, 2020. Founded in 2000, the Barkley team serves clients throughout... Find out more »

Alera Group Acquires Cambridge Benefit Solutions

April 20, 2020
Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement services and wealth management firm, announced today that it has acquired Cambridge Benefit Solutions, effective April 1, 2020. Cambridge Benefit Solutions, located in Chandler, Arizona, was founded in 1998 by current... Find out more »

NYS Notice: Small Group Blanket Comprehensive Health Insurance Policies

Notice for Individual, Small Group and Student Blanket Comprehensive Health Insurance Policies Dear Policyholder, A recent Executive Order issued by Governor Cuomo, together with recent amendments to the insurance and banking regulations (the “regulations”) issued by the New York State... Find out more »

Legal Alert: Notice Requirements When Making Health Plan Design Changes

April 16, 2020
This alert was updated on 04/16/20.  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. For... Find out more »

Alera Group COVID-19 Employer Pulse Survey Results Revealed

 COVID-19 Leads to Greater Employer Focus on Response Planning, Employee Education and Flexible Work Arrangements, Alera Group Study Finds COVID-19 is leading many employers to implement or re-evaluate their infectious disease response plans, ramp-up their employee communication efforts, and... Find out more »

Alera Group Acquires Georgetown Insurance Service

April 14, 2020
Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement services and wealth management firm, today announced that it has acquired Georgetown Insurance Service, Inc. (Georgetown Insurance), effective March 1, 2020. Headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, Georgetown... Find out more »

Tax Credits Under FFCRA: Qualified Leave Wages & Health Plan Expenses

April 13, 2020
This content was last reviewed on April 14, 2020. Employers who are uncertain about how to calculate their qualified health plan expenses and qualified leave wages should consult with their legal counsel or financial adviser. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”)... Find out more »

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

April 10, 2020
This alert was revised on April 10, 2020.  The Department of Labor (DOL) has released several updates to their Families First Coronavirus Response Act Questions and Answers. Clarification was provided on how FMLA and EFMLEA apply to leaves and the 12-month period. A link to the Q&A is... Find out more »