Del. Apprentice Wage Law Ruled Unconstitutional

Law360, New York (April 15, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has ruled that Delaware discriminates against out-of-state contractors by effectively forcing them to pay higher wages to trade apprentices compared to in-state competitors, finding the state implemented the measure to retaliate against neighboring Pennsylvania.

Judge Sue L. Robinson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware ruled Wednesday that the state’s failure to recognize out-of-state registered apprentices under the Delaware prevailing wage law violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.

“Delaware has a legitimate interest in protecting its apprentices through...
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