9th Circ. Backs Seattle Hotel Worker Health Mandate

By Emily Brill (March 17, 2021, 7:09 PM EDT) -- Seattle has won a court battle over its decision to require hotels to enroll workers in an employee health plan or give them money to buy their own health insurance, with a Ninth Circuit panel ruling Wednesday that the ordinance doesn't tread on territory reserved for ERISA.

The three-judge panel's holding lets Seattle keep its victory in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit, which a Washington state federal judge handed it last year. The decision bolsters the legal argument that "health care regulation … historically has been a matter of local concern."

Quoting from a prior Ninth Circuit ruling, Golden...

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