We are now sunsetting the name Ardent Solutions and will now be known as “Alera Group: Texas” as of July 1, 2020. We are proud to announce our new logo and name as part of the ongoing evolution of our company.
It has been more than 3 years since Ardent Solutions helped to form Alera Group which has become one of the top insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the country. We have more than 1600 employees across 90+ offices providing employers with services around employee benefits, wealth management, property and casualty, and retirement plan services. On July 1, 2020, we sunsetted the name Ardent Solutions and will now be known as “Alera Group: Texas”. We will continue to have our same great team providing exceptional service and outcomes to our clients. Alera Group’s mission is to transform the client experience by providing a greater depth and breadth of tools, resources, education, innovative thinking, and constant collaboration. The firm combines a strong local team with national resources to deliver the best possible outcomes—positively impacting clients, employees, communities, and the lives of people throughout the area This provides us access to resources, technical expertise, and best practices of a larger national firm, while maintaining the personal local service employers need. We’ve put together an innovative team of experts to create customized, results-driven strategies for your business. Employers are increasingly faced with rising benefit costs, administrative burdens, and compliance liabilities. We have designed our firm to address the specific needs and goals of mid-market companies, and our unparalleled processes leverage market and employer data to make purposeful decisions — leading to better outcomes for our clients.
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Before COVID, water cooler talk was a daily part of being in the office. Here's how managers can support the need for connection among remote employees.
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It's not too late to sign up for tomorrow's Alera Engage webinar covering the important topic of ERISA compliance. Join our national experts for an insightful conversation that will help answer employers' key ERISA questions.
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Wishing all those who observe Ramadan a wonderful month of celebration and reflection.
Did you miss last week's legal alert? Make sure you're up to date on the model notices released by the DOL along with additional COBRA premium assistance resources:
aleragroup.com On April 7, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a link to its webpage dedicated to the COBRA premium assistance authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act, 2021 (ARPA), the third COVID-19 stimulus bill. The webpage includes model notices, frequently asked questions, and related in...
Is the four-day workweek too good to be true? Here's what happened to a tech startup that pivoted during the pandemic to strike a better work-life balance for employees.
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Studies show the strain of COVID-19 continuing to adversely affect employees' mental health.
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The topic of burnout is being discussed in organizations around the globe. The Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) has created a scientific method of measuring burnout that has important implications for employers.
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Last year, in the context of an already hardening insurance market, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic left many medical practices in need of premium assistance, and insurers stepped up to provide it through credits, classification changes and deferred payments.
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Don't miss this month's Alera Engage webinar! Our national compliance experts will provide much-needed guidance on navigating the complexities of ERISA.
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Happy Easter! Wishing a weekend of joy and hope to all who celebrate.
If the DOL came knocking at your door tomorrow, would you be prepared? In this webinar, our compliance expert covers everything you need to know about a DOL audit.
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Studies show that over 70% of employers admit they've hired the wrong candidate for an open role. A good hire can propel your organization, so let's look at how to retain them.
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Happy Passover! We wish all who celebrate a wonderful week full of joy and remembrance.
In COVID times, the complicated world of ERISA compliance has become increasingly complex, with shifting timelines and indefinite extensions to already delayed deadlines. Learn more about what your business needs to do to stay compliant: https://bddy.me/3lOjwzd
aleragroup.com Remember the good old days when ERISA compliance was merely complicated – a complex task that required annual regulatory updates? Yeah, that was great. But we are deep into COVID times now, and the merely complicated has become increasingly complex, with shifting timelines and indefinite ex...
Many within the hospitality and gaming industries are still reeling from the impacts of the pandemic. Our industry experts weigh in on market trends they're seeing and how they impact businesses in this space.
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As a follow-up to last week's alert, we've released updated guidance to help employers navigate the complexities of COBRA and COVID-19. "Employers of fully insured plans should understand that the COBRA subsidy tax credit will be their credit unless they are small and not subject to Federal COBRA requirements," says Danielle Capilla, VP of EB Compliance. Learn more: https://bddy.me/3sardlv
aleragroup.com In the United States the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) allows qualified beneficiaries who lose health benefits due to a qualifying event to continue group health benefits. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provides for a 100% COBRA premium subsidy for indiv...
"The Environmental Liability market is among the strongest in the insurance industry, with a growing array of carriers and products available to buyers and a greater capacity for coverage limits offered by insurers (under the right conditions)."
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Is your work from home environment in need of a productivity makeover? These small changes to your home office can drastically improve your personal wellbeing.
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COVID-19 has made the already complicated matters of COBRA administration and ERISA compliance even more challenging. Our latest update includes a whitepaper and quick facts guide to help you navigate the complexity: https://bddy.me/3bWQVEA
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Wishing you a day full of luck and celebration.
It's no secret that employers and employees are both fighting a battle against burnout. A former clinical psychologist and author shares tips for managers dealing with low engagement:
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Don't miss our latest legal alert covering the impacts of the American Rescue Plan Act on employers.
Our VP of Compliance, Employee Benefits had this to share, "Employers should pay close attention to the relief offered in ARPA as it relates to their benefits, particularly if they are subject to COBRA continuation coverage."
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For those in the manufacturing industry, there are two basic routes to establishing and maintaining a cost-effective Property and Casualty Insurance program: a traditional, carrier-based approach or an alternative design, in the form of self-insurance or a group captive program. Both require diligent risk management.
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Spring break cancellations, closed casinos, capacity limits and more: it's been a tough year for hospitality and gaming. Looking ahead, the property & casualty outlook holds both challenges and encouraging signs. Learn more about what to anticipate throughout 2021 from Robin Rider:
aleragroup.com As spring break 2021 approached, a COVID-19-driven controversy ensnared Miami Beach and Las Vegas, with local officials sending conflicting messages to college students and other prospective guests. “If you want to party without restriction, then go somewhere else. Go to Vegas,” said Mi...
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to demand immediate attention, it’s critical that organizations have a strategic plan for managing all the healthcare costs that lie ahead.
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Happy International Women's Day! We're proud to have incredible women as part of our national team. To celebrate the day, check out insights from Alera Group's Women's Leadership Group Steering Committee on the impact of women in the workplace:
aleragroup.com As part of Alera Group’s inclusion and diversity efforts, the Women’s Leadership Group works to create an environment that inspires, empowers and supports women to positively impact business, culture and collaboration within Alera Group and beyond. On this International Women’s Day, members of...
Employers who sponsor cafeteria plans, HRAs, FSAs or dependent care assistance programs should pay close attention to the guidance provided by the IRS on administering various methods of relief authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.
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Happy Employee Appreciation Day! This article showcases three powerful ways to ignite long-term employee engagement.
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Our latest COVID-19 whitepaper includes an analysis of whether employers can mandate vaccination as a condition for return to the workplace, 10 steps employers should take to prepare their organization and employees for vaccination and a robust Q&A section.
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HR teams across the nation are battling unique hurdles in today's environment. From combating "Zoom fatigue" to crafting return-to-work policies, this article captures challenges many HR leaders are facing right now.
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Want to learn how advanced strategies address the rising cost of healthcare? In this webinar, our experts will help you navigate the complex landscape of advanced strategies and how they could benefit your bottom line.
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aleragroup.com Advanced healthcare strategies can be a powerful financial lever for organizations to use to decrease their overall healthcare spend. Our experts will help you navigate the complex landscape of advanced strategies and how they could benefit your bottom line.
The $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress at the end of 2020 is robust and nuanced. In this blog, we highlight the key points most relevant to our clients and colleagues.
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Are you an Affordable Care Act guru? Take our short quiz to find out where you stack up.
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Is your hiring strategy inclusive? Here's how visually-impaired employees can be an incredible asset in your office.
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Are you creating enough margin in your life? Here are four tips to maximize your time and productivity.
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