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Employee Benefit News for School, City and County Employers

Valerie Ortiz

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Over the past 15+ years, Valerie Ortiz has worn many hats at National Insurance Services. She currently heads up NIS’ Marketing Team where she helps to create and execute employee benefit communications based upon our public sector clients’ needs. Valerie brings order to the chaos and has a zeal for detail and a talent for organization.

Recent Articles by Valerie Ortiz

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Extended

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently extended the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) through April 11, 2023. The PHE has renewed every 90 days since...


Pay Transparency

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As a result of changing labor markets, more and more employees are demanding pay transparency. Pay transparency is when an employer openly communicates pay-related information through...

Preventing Holiday Burnout

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According to Microsoft research, nearly half of employees have reported that they are burnt out at work. Burnout is defined as workplace stress that hasn’t been adequately managed. With...

Tips for Effective Open Enrollment Communication

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Employees are looking to their employers for guidance on navigating their available benefits and how to stretch their dollars further. As the 2023 open enrollment season approaches,...

Belonging in the Workplace

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Social belonging is a fundamental human need. Belonging is also a critical component of company culture. At work, belonging is the experience of employees being wholly accepted and...

Top HR Challenges in 2022

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The workplace has been changing faster than anyone could have predicted. While the COVID-19 pandemic is largely responsible, various technological advancements and social movements have...

Mental Health Impacts Businesses

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According to a recent survey from The Hartford Financial Services Group, one third of employers reported significant impacts on their business stemming from their employees’ mental...


Opioid Addiction and ADA Guidance

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The Department of Justice issued guidance on how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can protect individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) and other drug addictions from...

Second Booster Shot Recommended for Those Over Age 50 and Immunocompromised

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a second COVID-19 booster dose for people aged 50 and older and individuals who are immunocompromised. The new booster can be...

Women’s Preventive Service Guidelines Updated

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Under the Affordable Care Act, group health plans are required to cover certain preventative services for women, including annual visits, breastfeeding services, contraception, etc....