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Retailers challenge laws forcing Wal-Mart, other chains to up health care expenditures

[JURIST] The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) [trade website] has filed two federal lawsuits [press release; RILA materials] challenging laws in Maryland and Suffolk County, New York designed to push large retail stores such as Wal-Mart [corporate website] to spend more money on employee health care. The Maryland law [PDF text] requires companies with more than 10,000 employees to spend at least 8 percent on employee health care, or pay the difference of that amount into the state Medicaid fund. Suffolk County has a similar "fair share" health care law [PDF text]. The RILA website has the Maryland complaint [text, PDF] and the New York complaint. AP has more.

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