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Seattle Hotel Worker Insurance Mandate Denied High Court Review

Nov. 21, 2022, 2:33 PM

The US Supreme Court won’t review a case asking whether federal law preempts a Seattle ordinance requiring large hotels to give workers either health insurance coverage or higher pay, the justices announced Monday, following advice from the US solicitor general.

The justices denied a petition to hear the case brought by a trade group arguing that the Seattle law’s direct payment option—which mandates cash payments to workers who don’t receive specified health coverage—relates to benefit plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and is therefore preempted by the federal statute.

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth ...