NLRA Preempts Ill. Labor Law: 7th Circ.

Law360, New York (December 16, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Nixing a lower court's decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that federal labor law preempts an Illinois state law mandating half-hour meal breaks for hotel attendants because the state law interferes with collective bargaining.

The Seventh Circuit found Monday that the National Labor Relations Act preempts Illinois' Hotel Room Attendant Amendment to the state's One Day Rest In Seven Act.

By establishing above-minimum standards for one profession, Illinois' amendment conflicts with the NLRA's goal of collective bargaining, the Seventh Circuit...
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