COVID-19 Relief Legislation and Employee Benefits 2021

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In the last days of 2020, Congress passed yet another COVID-19 Relief Bill. Moving forward into 2021 there will be an impact on employee benefits that you need to be aware of. Significant restrictions on so-called “surprise” medical bills, changes to Health Flexible Spending accounts (HFSAs), and Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) are among the key changes that will impact … Read More

Why Working With a Employee Benefits Consultant is a Must

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With a wide array of health plans, benefit options, and employee needs, it almost goes without saying that working with an employee benefits expert is a must. In an era where remote working and risk mitigation is crucial to your operations, Valley Schools has several key reasons why you should work with a trusted employee benefits consultant. Resolving Compliance Issues … Read More

Employee Benefits Trends to Watch in 2021

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One of the many great reminders of 2020 is that no matter how hard we try, we cannot predict what the future holds. Our priorities have shifted considerably due to the COVID-19 pandemic and many of those priorities are in direct correlation to our health and our careers. Employers in the public sector have had a front seat to change, … Read More

Procurement of Hearing Officers for Student Discipline Hearings

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Procurement of Hearing Officers for Student Discipline Hearings By Bill Munch, CPPO, CPPB Hopefully, none of our students are currently facing discipline issues this early in the year, and since online learning is the way of the world right now. However, I received a question via one of the many listservs I belong to regarding whether or not student discipline … Read More

COPING WITH 2020 – Member Assistance Services

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Dealing With the Times 2020 has been a year of unprecedented trials and stressors that have left us all scrambling in our professional and personal lives to find compromises and solutions that address risks and concerns. It’s more important than ever to leverage tools and resources available (as an employee and employer) to assist us with the fallout of COVID … Read More

Getting the Best Advice in Employee Benefits

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Who We Are – Valley Schools Did you know that Valley Schools is one of Arizona’s largest employee benefits consulting organizations for schools? Serving over 35,000 employee and dependent lives for benefits consulting and plan administration, we have been leaders in the industry for innovative cost containment strategies, wellness, and more.  We are incredibly excited to announce that we have … Read More

Adjusting to A Virtual Work Environment

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Change in a Virtual Work Environment It’s hard to keep up with the myriad of changes to daily living over the last three months. One of the most pressing is how to adjust to, create, and support our work teams in this virtual environment.  Below are tips to help support our collective efforts.  Managing Remotely When your work environment goes … Read More

Stress Less With A Media Detox 

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Media Detox and You! Most people recognize the media’s trend towards “bad” news airing, however, many likely overlook the effects that constant negative media intake has on mental and physical health. Unfortunately, the tactics of news is not only to bring you the latest story, but is incentivized by capitalistic motives that drive irresistible, sensational, and controversial broadcasting to achieve … Read More