Escalating health-care costs may force chains to raise employee contributions

Escalating health-care costs may force chains to raise employee contributions

Chain operators say that skyrocketing health care premiums will likely force them this year to pass increases onto employees, even as employers ramp up negotiations with providers and highlight wellness programs in hopes of managing costs.

Last year single premiums rose an average of 12 percent from 2007 levels, according to the 2008 Benefits Survey by the Chain Restaurant Compensation Association, a partnership of more than 95 restaurant companies that represent more than 180 concept

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