Phillips 66 Loses Fight Over Wash. Paid Leave Law

Law360 (September 11, 2019, 11:28 AM EDT) -- Phillips 66 must grant workers paid leave to care for ailing family members now that a Seattle federal judge has thrown out the company’s lawsuit challenging its need to comply with the Washington Family Care Act.

U.S. District Judge James L. Robart ruled Tuesday that Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Director Joel Sacks was within his rights to conclude that Phillips 66’s disability plan wasn’t governed by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act — a conclusion that keeps lawsuits over the plan out of federal court.

“The department acted within its area of competence in deciding that the...

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