Client Spotlight: bb7

Client Spotlight

Madison-based bb7 knows something about design. The 45-person product-development firm works with companies around the world to bring life to product ideas — from early-stage concepting all the way through production. Whether designing a breakthrough LED dental curing wand or a new range of ultra-powerful bicycle headlamps, bb7 calls upon its full range of in-house experts in research, design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, systems engineering, software development, prototyping, product/material testing, and commercialization.

When it comes to designing and refining their corporate insurance program, bb7 relies on Alper Services and our Team of Experts. bb7 first turned to Alper in 2015 for assistance with their trade credit insurance program, and a full review of their cyber and professional liability policies. Through a gap analysis, Alper’s Gary Kirshenbaum identified a significant hole in their cyber and professional liability policies. Continue reading

Lessons From The Pandemic

Market Blueprint

Insights & Advice for a Post-COVID-19 World

The pandemic has cast light on both the flexibilities and limitations of insurance policies and coverages. But, perhaps more so than at any other time in history, it has also highlighted the imperative for what-if planning, risk mitigation and well-thought-out insurance coverages necessary to ensure your business is ready for “when.”

As we come to terms with the largest public health and economic crisis of modern times, we have assembled a list of the most-common questions, and answers, we’ve heard from our Clients over the past few months, as well as key insights to help you rebuild and reinforce your business for the future.

IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR
Before we look ahead, here are a few of the most-common questions we’ve received since the pandemic took hold, and answers to each.

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September Benefits Focus

Benefits Focus

Click here to access the September issue of our Benefits Focus newsletter. In it we focus on changes we’re seeing due to COVID-19 whether it’s the impact on 2021 open enrollment, increases in wrongful death lawsuits against employers, or the need to read the labels on our hand sanitizer more carefully.

Our Employee Benefits Team is your resource to answer questions about your coverage or provide more guidance pertaining to the articles in this newsletter, EBTeam@AlperServices.com.

August Benefits Focus

Benefits Focus

This month’s Benefits Focus features two different resources to help you prepare for what is expected to be an open enrollment unlike any we’ve seen. Our two legal updates will provide clarity on both the proposed rule to allow grandfathered group health plans make specific changes without threat to their status as well as President Trump’s executive orders to lower certain specific drug prices.

Read these articles and more when you click here.

The Alper Employee Benefits Team is here to answer any questions you have regarding this information or employee benefits in general, EBTeam@AlperServices.com.

A New Chapter For Alper

Alper Services An Alera Group Company

Alera Group Expands Chicago Presence with Alper Services Acquisition

Deerfield, IL (August 11, 2020)—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 with its expertise in property and casualty, trade credit, employee benefits and financial services solutions for middle-market corporations, the firm is known for its unique claims service model and AuditRate division. Alper Services was named a Best Practices Agency four years in a row by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.

“The Alper Services team, led by Leslie Morse, is a strong addition to Alera Group’s presence in Chicago and throughout the Midwest,” said Alan Levitz, CEO of Alera Group. “Alper has built a terrific brand and reputation because of the great people inside the organization and their risk management expertise. It is a pleasure to welcome them to Alera Group knowing that they will bring great value to our collaborative culture.”

“We are excited to join Alera Group and GCG Financial, and we look forward to the ways their national platform will further enhance the Alper Services client offerings,” said Leslie Morse, CEO of Alper Services. “As an Alera Group company, we will be able to provide our clients with more top-rated carriers, broader insurance expertise and more accessible technology solutions than ever before.”

Alper Services joins Alera Group through GCG Financial, an Alera Group company located in Deerfield, Illinois. The Alper Services team will continue serving clients in their existing roles. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Voluntary Benefit That Helps Your Employees Financially When Accidents or Illness Occurs

NEW WEBINAR – August 19 | 2:00 – 3:00pm

Your employees and their families get sick and have accidents, which can require a trip—or multiple—to the hospital. Even with medical coverage, your employees may have critical gaps that can result in unexpected expenses and financial stress. Accident and Hospital Indemnity Insurance offers employees additional financial protection for over 150 unforeseen life events and 29 conditions.

Help your workforce feel prepared with extra protection for the unexpected. This webinar provides details on this coverage including:
• No age restriction for employees/spouses to enroll, and no waiting period
• Flexibility to tailor plans and choose benefit amounts
• A single-source service site, with a dedicated account manager, and one phone number for employers
• A quick and easy claims experience

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for more information about MetLife’s Accident and Hospital insurance and why you should include this increasingly popular benefit in your employee benefit offering.

July Benefits Focus

Benefits Focus

The coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, and as a result, so does how America does business. Our latest Benefits Focus features articles that will help your HR department answer COVID-19 related questions. Plus, learn how to leverage your benefits offerings for current and prospective employees. Read this and more when you click here.

 

The Alper Employee Benefits Team is here to answer any questions you have regarding this information or employee benefits in general, EBTeam@AlperServices.com.

June Benefits Focus

Benefits Focus

We’re several months into the coronavirus pandemic and now able to see more of its impact on the health care industry. This month’s Benefits Focus explains refunds that employers may see from their insurance carriers due to coronavirus savings and features a guide on how those refunds must be used by employers.

We boost your benefits knowledge with a thorough explanation of the Form 5500 reporting and the newly released 2021 HSA/HDHP limits. And finally, don’t miss Live Well Work Well this month. We learn about a not-so-typical wellbeing booster and prep for grilling season with safety tips.

Get the June Benefits Focus here.