It seems one defeat after another of late in court to stop wage hikes or other employee benefit mandates and Massachusetts is no exception. Six employer associations filed suit in 2015 in federal court alleging that the new earned sick leave mandate violated federal labor law by requiring certain benefits of parties to collective bargaining agreements.  The District Court rejected their arguments back in the summer and the associations pursued the case in the US Circuit Court of Appeals. The appellate court upheld the lower court decision that it was premature to decide the question in light of the fact there was no action taken or pending against either the contractor or the employer associations!