ERIC Disappointed in Ninth Circuit Panel Decision on Seattle Health Care Hotel Mandate

Washington, DC – The following statement should be attributed to Annette Guarisco Fildes, President and CEO at The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC):

“City and state mandates on employers to provide benefits are preempted by the federal ERISA law. As a practical matter, these mandates harm workers, forcing employers to divert resources away from providing quality health coverage, and instead spend money to comply with a mismatched patchwork of state and local rules. We continue to believe that recent US Supreme Court decisions have changed the weight and significance of the Ninth Circuit decision in Golden Gate, and are disappointed that the three-judge panel did not agree. On behalf of our large employer member companies, ERIC is evaluating next steps. Employees value health and retirement benefits provided by their employers, and legislatures at all levels, as well as courts, should be wary of actions that adversely impact employer-sponsored benefit plans. ERISA preemption plays a critical role in making benefits possible for our employees, and state and local rules that conflict with ERISA’s national uniformity must be struck down. “


All media inquiries to The ERISA Industry Committee should be directed to:

Kelly Broadway, 202.627.1918,

About The ERISA Industry Committee
ERIC is a national advocacy organization that exclusively represents large employers that provide health, retirement, paid leave, and other benefits to their nationwide workforces. With member companies that are leaders in every sector of the economy, ERIC advocates on the federal, state, and local levels for policies that promote flexibility and uniformity in the administration of their employee benefit plans.