employee benefits News

With Growth of the Gig Economy, States Rethink How Workers Get Benefits

As more and more Americans hold nontraditional jobs that don’t have benefits attached — think freelance graphic designers or Uber drivers — cities and states are exploring ways to ensure those workers still have access to workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, …

Houston’s Insgroup Acquires Benefits Firm, The Fawcett Group

Houston-based Insgroup Inc. (Insgroup) has acquired The Fawcett Group (Fawcett), a firm specializing in employee benefit plan brokerage and consulting to emerging and mid-market businesses, as well as not-for-profits. Jan Fawcett-Heilman, owner of The Fawcett Group, joined Insgroup as a …

Ohio-Based HORAN Promotes Bogdan-Powers, Adds Cheesman

Cincinnati, Ohio-based employee benefits and wealth management firm, HORAN, has promoted Valerie Bogdan-Powers to chief business development and client relations officer for HORAN’s Health Benefits Department, and appointed Keith Cheesman as to chief operating officer for HORAN Securities. Bogdan-Powers joined the …

USI Acquires Austin-Based Employee Benefits Firm, Ball Peoples

USI Insurance Services (USI) has acquired Ball Peoples, an employee benefits advisory firm headquartered in Austin, Texas. Since 1975, Ball Peoples has been providing employee benefits for clients throughout Central Texas and across the Southwest. The employees will remain at …

Marsh & Mclennan Agency Acquires Ohio’s Benefits Resource Group

Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA), the middle market agency subsidiary of Marsh, has acquired Benefits Resource Group (BRG), in Independence, Ohio. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. BRG, an employee benefits consulting firm, offers a wide range of …

Uber Working to Settle with California Drivers over Employee Benefits

Uber Technologies Inc. is trying to finalize a settlement with California drivers to resolve potentially billions of dollars in claims stemming from the company’s refusal to give them the protections and benefits of employees. The case centers on allegations that …

Parker, Flavin Promoted, Yturralde Added at Ascende in Houston

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced that Ascende — an EPIC Company has promoted Mary Parker and Dina Flavin to managing principals in Houston. In addition, the company’s Southwest Region also welcomed …

Lockton Names Tyler as Head of Global Benefits Business

Lockton has appointed Mike Tyler as head of Lockton International Benefits. He will also become chair of the Global Benefits Leadership Group, which will oversee expansion of the benefits capabilities around the globe. The benefits practice represents 30 percent of …

Arthur J. Gallagher Buys London-Based Employee Benefits Firm, Argentis

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced the acquisition of Argentis, based in London, England. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 2005, Argentis is a financial planning and employee benefits consultant that provides benefit and wealth management services to private …

USI Makes 3 Appointments, 2 Promotions in Ohio

Insurance brokerage USI Insurance Services (USI) has added Brianna Berry, Nick Giancola and Kim Patrick in the USI Independence, Ohio, office. In addition, Heidi King has been promoted to consultant and Brian Muldoon has been promoted to senior account executive. …