1) The pending health care reforms dubbed as "Obamacare" are a clusterfuck of epic proportions. I'm not against affordable healthcare, but this is a shitbag we've been sold. And I say that as a non-wingnut non-teabagger. It IS bad for business, especially smaller businesses. People need health care. The system needs reform. This program is not to the solution to either of those, and it is a crying fucking shame that its the best the dicks we elect could come up with. They need to be stripped of their medical plans and put on Obamacare to see just how long the system lasts. Bozos of duchebaggery hosing us all.
2) Darden will do anything it can to fuck its employees. Anything. Remember the original title to this blog? Red Lobster Hates Its Employees. I was sooo not bull shitting you. If they can shit on the working man, they will. You are a replaceable and expendable cog. Don't be delusional an think otherwise. If stabbing you with a knife would save them 0.5%, they'd arm their managers nightly, and ask you to sharpen the blade as side work.
Darden tests limiting worker hours as health-care changes loom
In an experiment apparently aimed at keeping down the cost of health-care reform, Orlando-based Darden Restaurants has stopped offering full-time schedules to many hourly workers in at least a few Olive Gardens, Red Lobsters and LongHorn Steakhouses.
Darden said the test is taking place in "a select number" of restaurants in four markets, including Central Florida, but would not give details. The company said there has been no decision made about expanding it.
In an emailed statement, Darden said staffing changes are "just one of the many things we are evaluating to help us address the cost implications health care reform will have on our business. There are still many unanswered questions regarding the health care regulations and we simply do not have enough information to make any decisions at this time."
Analysts say many other companies, including the White Castle hamburger chain, are considering employing fewer full-timers because of key features of the Affordable Care Act scheduled to go into effect in 2014. Under that law, large companies must provide affordable health insurance to employees working an average of at least 30 hours per week.
If they do not, the companies can face fines of up to $3,000 for each employee who then turns to an exchange — an online marketplace — for insurance.
"I think a lot of those employers, especially restaurants, are just going to ensure nobody gets scheduled more than 30 hours a week," said Matthew Snook, partner with human-resources consulting company Mercer.
Darden said its goal at the test restaurants is to keep employees at 28 hours a week.
Analysts said limiting hours could pose new challenges, including higher turnover and less-qualified workers.
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