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Seattle Asks SCOTUS to Skip Hotel Worker Insurance Mandate Suit

April 26, 2022, 1:52 PM

A Seattle law requiring large hotels to give workers either health insurance coverage or enhanced compensation doesn’t warrant attention from the U.S. Supreme Court, because the decision blessing the law followed 30 years of legal precedent, the city said.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s 2021 decision upholding the Seattle law from a preemption challenge under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act is “consistent with thirty years of precedent rejecting preemption challenges to prevailing-wage laws,” Seattle said in a Supreme Court brief filed Monday.

“No court of appeals has ever held that ERISA preempts a law that ...