Wash. ERISA Ruling Paves Way For Access To Health Benefits

Law360 (May 27, 2020, 4:48 PM EDT) -- The scope and breadth of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act's statutory preemption of state laws that relate to employee benefit plans[1] has confounded the courts since ERISA was enacted in 1974. In recent years, a battle front has emerged over the power of local governments to ensure universal health care for workers. 

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington's recent ruling on that issue in ERISA Industry Committee v. City of Seattle[2] is illustrative. In September 2019, the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance[3] requiring large hotels and ancillary hotel businesses to make health care expenditures on behalf...

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