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Employee Benefit News for School, City and County Employers

Valerie Ortiz

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Over the past 20 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

Top HR Challenges in 2022

5 minute read

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

2 minute read

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

1.5 minute read

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

1 minute read

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

1.5 minute read

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

COVID-19 and ADA Disability: New Guidance and FAQs

2 minute read

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released new guidance and FAQs on COVID-19 and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Disability. It explains what employers may or...

State’s COVID-19 Vaccine Passport and Mandate Restrictions

1.5 minute read

Some states have enacted laws that prohibit businesses and other entities from requiring individuals to receive or provide proof that they have received a COVID-19 vaccination. Most...

Civil Penalty Amounts Increased

2.5 minute read

Effective November 15, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has increased the following key penalties affecting group health plans.

Booster Shot Eligibility Expanded to All Adults

1.5 minute read

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a statement expanding their recommendation for COVID-19 booster shots. Now all adults 18 years and older who received a...

COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS Penalties

1.5 minute read

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard (ETS) has specific measures that the employer must implement....