Blogging Employee Benefits

February 7, 2006

Retailers Group Files Suit Against Maryland over Wal-Mart Legislation

Filed under: Healthcare, Litigation — Fuguerre @ 3:46 pm

The Retail Industry Leaders Association has filed a lawsuit challenging Maryland’s recent enactment of “Wal-Mart” health care legislation. [RILA Materials; Wall Street Journal] RILA has also filed a companion lawsuit against Suffolk County, New York. The challenged laws target a specific company – namely, Wal-Mart – requiring a special assessment if average employer costs for employees’ health care do not meet a prescribed target. RILA’s lawsuits claim that such laws are preempted by ERISA.

The debate was briefly aired here at BeneBlog after the Maryland legislature reversed their governor’s veto of the measure. More substantive discussion of the ERISA preemption side of the debate is surveyed over at Benefitsblog.

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