Alera Group Broadens Northeast Footprint with New England Employee Benefits Company in Latest Acquisition

July 21, 2021
Alera Group, a top independent, national insurance and wealth management firm, today announced the acquisition of New England Employee Benefits Company (NEEBCo), an agency combining extensive experience, technology, analytics and unique funding options to deliver cost-effective employee benefits... Find out more »

AGM Benefit Solutions Joins Alera Group

July 15, 2021
Alera Group, a top independent, national insurance and wealth management firm, announced today the acquisition of AGM Benefit Solutions, a leading provider of voluntary benefits, enrollment services and benefits technology. AGM improves how employees enroll, engage and understand their benefits... Find out more »

Legal Alert: Requiring, Incentivizing or Asking About Employees’ COVID-19 Vaccine Status

June 9, 2021
As the United States continues to fight against the spread of COVID-19, vaccinations of the most high-risk Americans have begun. To date, there are three vaccines, one from Moderna, one from Pfizer, and one from Johnson & Johnson, that are available on a limited basis, with distribution being... Find out more »

Alera Group Cohort Achieves Cornell D&I Certificate

June 8, 2021
Alera Group, a top independent, national insurance and wealth management firm, today announced a cohort of six employees achieved the Diversity & Inclusion training and certification through Cornell University’s Diversity & Inclusion virtual program. This initiative was sponsored... Find out more »

IRS Provides Additional Guidance on COVID-19-Related DCAP Relief

June 7, 2021
On May 10, 2021, the IRS released Notice 2021-26, which provides additional guidance on relief authorized under in the Consolidated Appropriations Act , 2021 (CAA), the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and previous IRS guidance issued in Notice 2021-15.  Specifically, IRS Notice 2021-26... Find out more »

Women-led Boston Benefit Partners, LLC Joins Alera Group

June 4, 2021
Alera Group, a leading financial services and risk management company, today announced the acquisition of Boston Benefit Partners (BPP), a health and welfare consulting and brokerage firm providing client insight, in-depth analysis, strategic planning and thoughtful execution of employee benefit... Find out more »

IRS Releases its Much Anticipated Guidance on ARPA COBRA Premium Assistance

May 21, 2021
This alert is of interest to all employers with plans subject to federal COBRA or state mini-COBRA. On May 18, 2021, the IRS released Notice 2021-31, which contains its much-anticipated guidance on the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) COBRA premium assistance provisions. In many respects, the... Find out more »

REMINDER: PCORI Fees Due By July 31, 2021

May 18, 2021
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... Find out more »

Alera Group Expands Pennsylvania Footprint with Bell Insurance, Inc.

May 13, 2021
Alera Group, a top independent, national insurance and wealth management firm, today announced the acquisition of Bell Insurance, Inc., a full-service independent insurance agency servicing more than 7,000 individuals and families as well as more than 1,500 businesses. With five offices in... Find out more »

Legal Alert: Plan Design and Considerations Based on Section 1557 of the ACA and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

May 12, 2021
This alert was last updated on May 12, 2021. Dowload this alert. Employers that sponsor group health plans have many regulations to consider in their plan design choices, including nondiscrimination regulations. One of the newest sources of nondiscrimination rules is Section 1557 of the... Find out more »