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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

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....

Natural Immunity and COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

2 minute read

President Biden recently announced sweeping COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Federal employees must now be vaccinated as a condition of employment. Private employers with 100 or more...

Vaccine Mandate for Federal and Large Employers

1.5 minute read

President Biden recently signed executive orders that will require federal workers and contractors to get vaccinated against COVID-19. These new rules come after the Pfizer vaccine...

EEOC Updates Guidance and Issues New FAQs about ADA

2 minute read

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has added new and updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how employers should comply with the Americans with Disability Act...

Premium Tax Credit FAQs

1 minute read

The IRS has released a fact sheet with FAQs which addresses legislative changes for the premium tax credit due to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The fact sheet discusses how to...


Reminder: Don’t Forget to Submit an Annual Census!

3.5 minute read

Updated August 23, 2022

Public sector organizations with life and/or disability coverage should send an annual census to their insurance carrier at least once a year. Employers want...


Best Practice: Review Your Covered Dependents

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Are employers required to accommodate medical marijuana use?

In SHRM’s article, Weed at Work: Must Employers Accommodate Medical Use?” they examine workplace accommodations for medical marijuana use.