N.Y. county's 'play-or-pay' mandate pre-empted by ERISA, judge rules

Wojcik, Joanne
July 2007
Business Insurance;7/23/2007, Vol. 41 Issue 30, p4
This article reports that a federal court has invalidated the two-year-old Suffolk County, New York, play-or-pay health care mandate that requires certain retailers to provide a prescribed level of health insurance to their nonmanagement workers. The Suffolk County law is pre-empted by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which bars states from legislating the content of employee benefit plans, Judge Arthur Spatt of the U.S. District Court in Central Islip, New York, ruled.


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