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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 Vaccination and Testing ETS Penalties

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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.

Reducing Healthcare Cost through Physician Quality Data: Prescribed Anxiety Meds Have a Substantial Impact on Health Care Utilization

National Insurance Services has partnered with Grand Rounds to help our clients reduce their health insurance claims. In this article, Grand Rounds discusses how high-quality physicians are less...

Are Your Employees Getting Their Recommended Colon Cancer Screenings?

National Insurance Services has partnered with Grand Rounds to help our clients reduce their health insurance claims. In this article, Grand Rounds discusses that high-quality physicians are more...

Grand Rounds Helps Employees Avoid Opioid Abuse

National Insurance Services has partnered with Grand Rounds to help our clients reduce their health insurance claims. In this article, Grand Rounds discusses how they are helping to reverse the...

The Generational Divide: Millennials and Health Insurance

Millennial workers (defined as born 1977-2000) view and use health benefits very differently than their baby boomer (1946-1965) and gen X (1966-1976) colleagues.