ERISA Group Asks 9th Circ. To Scrap Seattle Benefits Law

By Dorothy Atkins (March 1, 2021, 11:24 PM EST) -- The ERISA Industry Committee urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday to find that a Seattle ordinance requiring large hotels to pay workers for health care coverage is preempted by federal law, arguing that the ordinance isn't merely "wage-like" because it requires a new system to dole out differing payment amounts based on marital status and family size.

During a video-conferencing hearing, Anthony F. Shelley of Miller & Chevalier Chtd. argued on behalf of ERIC that for these reasons the ordinance must be preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

"This isn't a one-time lump sum equal for everyone in the case," the attorney said....

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