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DOL Issues Updated FFCRA Regulations In Light Of Recent Federal Court Decision

On September 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) released a temporary rule updating certain FFCRA regulations.  The temporary rule is scheduled to be published on September 16, 2020, and will be effective immediately through the expiration of the FFCRA’s paid leave provisions on December 31, 2020.  The temporary rule updates FFCRA regulations issued …

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Alera Group’s Lisa Allen Invited to Join U.S. Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council

Allen is Only Expert Chosen to Represent the Insurance Industry Lisa Allen, Senior Compliance Consultant at Alera Group, has been named to the U.S. Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council in the Insurance category. Her appointment is effective immediately and concludes December 31, 2022. The ERISA Advisory Council is a federal advisory committee and subject …

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Alera Group Acquires Banasky Insurance Inc.

P&C Firm Marks Alera Group’s Expansion into Utah Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement services and wealth management firm, announced today that it has acquired Banasky Insurance Inc., effective August 1, 2020. With locations in Price, Utah, and Draper, Utah, Banasky Insurance creates property & casualty insurance solutions for their clients, …

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Alera Group Expands Chicago Presence with Alper Services Acquisition

Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property casualty, retirement services and wealth management firm, announced today that it has acquired Alper Services LLC, effective August 1, 2020. Founded in 1966, Alper Services focuses on providing innovative insurance solutions which minimize risk, protect assets and reduce liabilities for clients throughout the Midwest and Chicagoland area. Along …

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President Trump Issues Executive Orders Intending to Lower the Cost of Prescription Drugs

President Trump Issues Executive Orders Intending to Lower the Cost of Prescription Drugs On July 24, 2020, President Trump issued several Executive Orders intending to lower prescription drug costs by (1) modifying anti-kickback laws to lower drug prices, (2) reducing trade barriers to increase importation of drugs and lower prices, and (3) improving access to …

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As HHS Finalizes Its Updated §1557 Rules, the United States Supreme Court Rules Title VII Protects Individuals From Discrimination Due To Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

On June 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released its Final Rule under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act which, among other things, modifies the regulation issued by HHS in May 2016 (“2016 Rules”).  The 2016 Rules were subject to multiple lawsuits over the years and HHS claims the …

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Legal Alert: IRS Releases Updated Form 720 Used For PCORI Fee Payments

As we recently reported, on June 8, 2020, the IRS released the applicable PCORI fee for plan years ending between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020.  As we indicated in that alert, an updated Form 720 had not yet been released and, therefore, employers were advised to wait to file their PCORI fees until …

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Alera Group Releases Results of COVID-19 Employer Pulse Survey: Phase 2

One-Third of All Employers Furloughed Employees Yet Nearly 85% Plan to Bring Back Workers Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement services and wealth management firm, today released the results of the Alera Group COVID-19 Employer Pulse Survey: Phase 2. The survey identified several key findings: Pandemic Response: More companies have implemented …

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REMINDER: PCORI Fees Due By July 31, 2020

Employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) should keep in mind the upcoming July 31, 2020 deadline for paying fees that fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  As background, the PCORI was established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to conduct research to evaluate the effectiveness of …

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