Seattle Won’t Enforce Hotel Worker Insurance Mandate, for Now (1)

Sept. 6, 2018, 7:53 PMUpdated: Sept. 6, 2018, 9:30 PM

Seattle agreed to temporarily halt the enforcement of its new initiative that requires large hotels in the city to pay workers additional compensation if they don’t get enhanced health insurance coverage.

The agreement, filed Sept. 5 in federal court in Washington state, comes three weeks after an industry group that represents large employers challenged certain parts of Seattle’s Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative. Voters approved the law in 2016.

In its lawsuit, the ERISA Industry Committee sought to bar the city from enforcing the health insurance sections of that law. The section at issue requires hotels with at least ...

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