9 Areas of Focus for HR Right Now – Part 7

January 11, 2021
Thanks for joining us on this nice little reflective exercise. There has been so much news to keep up with this year, that we thought it would be helpful to put pen to paper on our key COVID-19 takeaways. We hope our numbers 1 through 6 provided some food for thought, and also some helpful advice. We are back this week with number 7, and it’s a big one. 7. Leave & Accommodations Leave laws are always front and center for us at Alera Group, but this year we had different considerations. While this topic interplays with many of the… Continue Reading

9 Areas of Focus for Employers Right Now: Parts 5 and 6

December 17, 2020
Thanks for tuning back in as we share our most noteworthy reflections around how priorities have changed for folks in this industry. We hope you caught parts 1-2 and 3-4. After over six months of combatting COVID-19, we have figured a lot out, but questions remain. Here we are with numbers five and six on our list of key things employers should be focusing on. 5. Women in the Workforce Policies like maternal leave and breastfeeding accommodations have long been debated, but this year women are facing even more pressure. For one, it’s been reported that women continue to shoulder the burden… Continue Reading

9 Areas of Focus For Employers Right Now: Parts 3 and 4

December 14, 2020
We are back with more industry food for thought. We hope you caught #s 1 and 2, telework and workplace safety here. We are continuing on with more unique challenges HR, benefits and absence management professionals are still facing in light of the pandemic. 3. Mental and Behavioral Health Mental and behavioral health has long been a concern for employers, but COVID-19 complicated this area in a myriad of ways. Research shows that by the end of the year, it’s projected that someone will die by suicide every 20 seconds. This could be the next pandemic, in that COVID-19 will lead… Continue Reading

9 Areas of Focus for Employers Right Now: Parts 1 and 2

December 7, 2020
2020 has been a crazy year, and guess what? It’s not over yet. While we are still dealing with unusual circumstances and different challenges, we have all, to some degree, learned to roll with the punches over the last six months or so. But as we all devised solutions for issues we did not anticipate facing, questions still remain. As we reflected on DMEC’s annual (virtual conference) and our discussions with our employer clients and vendors, we started jotting those blurry areas and came up with nine items that are top-of-mind for benefits, HR and absence management professionals. 1. Telework For the most… Continue Reading

Employment Practices Insurance in Volatile Times

January 14, 2021
On January 12, 2021, the United States recorded a record 4,250 deaths due to COVID-19 while the Trump administration announced an accelerated schedule for administering vaccines to fight the disease. For employers already navigating the novel and challenging landscape created by the coronavirus, volatility surrounding the recent elections, a deeply divided nation and a new administration preparing to take office, the time had come to sharpen focus on a too-often overlooked aspect of running a business: Employment Practices Liability (EPL).   That these developments occurred amid a hard market for property and casualty insurance also served to make the imperative of risk management all the greater.  COVID-19 is the latest in a series of society-altering phenomena that… Continue Reading

P&C Market Outlook: What You Need to Know

January 5, 2021
If you’ve already seen Alera Group’s Property & Casualty 2021 Market Outlook, you know what a wealth of valuable information is included in this comprehensive whitepaper. Released in December and the product of a collaborative effort involving insurance companies, wholesale intermediaries, Alera Group subject matter experts and agent/broker affiliates throughout the United States, the document examines the insurance marketplace by lines of coverage and by industry. It’s a comprehensive and clear-eyed forecast, informed by a national Alera Group survey conducted earlier in 2020. What’s more, the Market Outlook is a guide to the proactive measures decision-makers can take to improve… Continue Reading

Wellbeing Resources: Vegetarian Lunch Bowls, 10 Minute Meditation and More!

November 9, 2020
When it comes to wellbeing, employers often find themselves challenged by how to approach a shift from a traditional wellness model to a comprehensive and holistic program that supports the whole person. Below you'll find this week’s curated list of wellbeing resources.  Feel free to share these resources, as appropriate, with your team. Have a safe and healthy week! Career Wellbeing Discovering Your Productivity Profile – We each have a productivity profile.  There are certain things that we do well, and other things that we fall short on.  With the uncertainty in the world right now, it’s easy to default… Continue Reading

Wellbeing Resource: On-Demand Fair Recordings, Workplace Belonging and 2021 Food Trends

October 26, 2020
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Below please find this week’s curated list of wellbeing resources.  Feel free to share these resources, as appropriate, with your team. Have a safe and healthy week! Alera Virtual Wellbeing Fair On-Demand Recordings – If you missed some of the sessions from our Alera Group 2020 Virtual Wellbeing Fair, there is still time to access this great content!  An amazing array of experts shared their insight on supporting our children through uncertain times, managing our finances during the pandemic, playing to your strengths at work, managing burnout and more!  Please take advantage of… Continue Reading

Why All Businesses Need an Insurance Broker

September 22, 2020
“Why do I need a broker?” This is a question that surprisingly gets asked more than you would expect.  In today’s society of consumerism, the internet, and “do it yourself” mentality, tied with the desire to save money, this is a valid question. I would ask in turn – would you go to court without legal representation? Of course not.  It makes financial sense to use a broker as in most cases, you do not get charged for their services. Typically brokers are paid by the insurance carrier, the one that you jointly decide best meets your needs as an employer. … Continue Reading

Wellbeing Resources - Week of July 27th

July 27, 2020
Whether in grand gestures or subtle actions, there are so many ways our leaders are supporting the mental health of employees during this time.  One theme that continues to surface is the importance of being vulnerable and modeling healthy behaviors.  In a piece about mental health and the pandemic, Mind Share Partners shares the importance of managers and leaders visibly making mentally healthy choices so employees will do the same.  In being open and honest about your own personal challenges and sharing how you’re managing your own mental health during this time, you build connection and relatability and pave the… Continue Reading