Trade group turns to High Court in fight against Seattle benefits law

By Kellie Mejdrich (January 18, 2022, 6:17 PM EST) – A trade group representing major employers has urged the United States Supreme Court to overturn a Ninth Circuit rejection of its challenge to a Seattle law requiring hotels to enroll workers in a health plan or give them money to buy their own insurance, arguing that federal benefit laws trump those mandates.

The industry committee ERISA, or ERIC, in a certiorari writ petition filed Friday, warned that a patchwork of state and local health care regulations could emerge nationwide in the absence of High Court review. ERIC sued to strike down Seattle’s law on the grounds that it is preempted by the employee…

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