ERISA Doesn't Preempt Hotel Benefits Ordinance, Seattle Says

Law360 (February 21, 2020, 4:41 PM EST) -- The city of Seattle has urged a Washington federal judge to throw out the ERISA Industry Committee's challenge to a city ordinance meant to ensure hotel workers have access to affordable health care, saying the group was trying to use ERISA "for its own ends."

In a Thursday motion to dismiss, Seattle contended that its ordinance — which requires large hotels and other related businesses in the city to make health care expenditures for certain employees — isn't preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, as ERIC argued.

The city argued that promoting and providing health care to citizens is...

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