employee benefits News

New York Passes $153B Budget Including Workers’ Comp Reforms

The New York State Senate in April passed its $153 billion 2017-2018 state budget that includes reforms to workers’ compensation in the state. These reforms serve to help businesses, local governments and not-for-profits save money while also enhancing protections for …

Starbucks in China Provides Health Cover for Workers’ Parents

Starbucks Corp. will provide Chinese workers with health insurance that extends coverage to their parents, a unique offering by the coffeehouse chain that may be used by more than 10,000 people to treat conditions such as cancer, heart disease and …

Holmes Murphy Adds Marchino to Dallas Benefits Team

Holmes Murphy & Associates has hired Jeff Marchino as a senior consultant for employee benefits in its Dallas office. Marchino joins the team with more than two decades of experience in the insurance industry. Marchino will work closely in the business …

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 …