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The Chicago Tribune (9/26, Japsen) reported, “Workers can expect to pay hundreds of dollars more for their healthcare coverage next year,” because “in 2011, the combined average of premium and out-of-pocket costs for healthcare coverage for an employee is projected to climb to $4,386, according to an annual study by Hewitt Associates to be released this week. That’s a 12.4 percent increase, or $486, over this year.” Employers, “meanwhile, will see their health insurance costs go up nearly 9 percent, to an annual tab of $9,821 per employee, or double the employer’s annual worker tab from nine years ago, according to Lincolnshire-based Hewitt.” The report also said that “overall healthcare costs continue to rise 6 percent to 8 percent annually, primarily because advances in medical technology and the increasing use of medical services by an aging population.”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/ct-biz-0927-open-enrollment-20100926,0,4123042.story

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An employer may not discharge an employee nor threaten to discharge an employee who is called to jury service.

Employees must be paid their regular wages up to $50 per day for the first three days unless there is a mutual agreement between the employer and employee.

There are some circumstances; i.e., self-employed, small employer when paying compensation would cause the employer financial hardship.

Refer to your employee handbook for more detail.

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