Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Darden taking steps to screw you out of insurance

The following article points to two things. 

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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14 comments:

FuckMyTable said...

As a "Blue Crustacean" server, I nearly pissed myself laughing at the last sentence of your post.
"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."

Damn fucking right they would.

(Apparently there is some OpenID error and I can't post using my Wordpress account. Hmmm.)

Anonymous said...

You bet your ass they would...all these corporations are going to follow Darden's lead..no more full time..no more benefits..most big corporations have no sense of patriotic duty to their fellow countrymen, as they are owned by "global" shareholders..America is not even owned by Americans anymore..
I'm so sad, the dream is over. When the American Dream was lost, the whole world lost..our workers have lost all the rights they ever fought and won..and we have no hope for anything better. The only way to personal security is to own your own means to production and produce something people need. As we become more socialized that will become almost impossible. A bleak future indeed..anyway, after being forced to work with a fever without a break for more than eight hours. I quit the slobster.

dawnie said...

I am not a customer of any of these places and happy not to contribute to the corporate greed. Really feel for the people who do work for them.

Unknown said...

So, in one post, you're asking about an M28 code. And in the next, you're talking about a test in some restaurants where they cap hours at 28 per week. That's probably not a coincidence, is it?

Anonymous said...

I worked in the industry for a small Florida-based restaurant chain. They're brilliant idea was to create separate companies for each restaurant and make you work 60 hours a week at different stores so that they didn't have to pay overtime.
This was 20 years ago. It's nothing new.

Anonymous said...

I haven't eaten at Red Lobster since my last visit well over a year ago, and the reason why was, for the price you pay, the portions are anemic. This story is yet another reason not to eat there or at Olive Garden.

Darden Restaurants: the Wal-Mart of the food industry.

Anonymous said...

As a small business, I can tell you that payroll tax alone is going up 16% for employers thanks to Obama. People start businesses to make money. If the government is going to tax to the point of no profit, why stay in business. Be thankful they are not just closing the doors like many will in Jan. The non partisan CBO predicts another 2.1 MILLION lay offs after the first of the year if O stays in office. We are now paying $1 TRILLION a year on food stamps, due to the economy. And it will get worse when the tax hike comes in. If your family makes less than $100K, you will pay another 3.5% in taxes next year (income tax alone). In the small business groups I belong to, there are about 20-25% who will close next year.

Anonymous said...

We are doing research on the Darden Company and their treatment of employees at Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Capital Grille and Longhorn Steakhouse. If you are an employee of any of these restaurants we would like to speak to you. Please call Forhad at (646) 270-1116.

Roni Schunk said...

We are doing research on the Darden Company and their treatment of employees at Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Capital Grille and Longhorn Steakhouse. If you are an employee of any of these restaurants we would like to speak to you. Please call Forhad at (646) 270-1116.

Roni Schunk said...

We are doing research on the Darden Company and their treatment of employees at Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Capital Grille and Longhorn Steakhouse. If you are an employee of any of these restaurants we would like to speak to you. Please call Forhad at (646) 270-1116.

Roni Schunk said...

We are doing research on the Darden Company and their treatment of employees at Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Capital Grille and Longhorn Steakhouse. If you are an employee of any of these restaurants we would like to speak to you. Please call Forhad at (646) 270-1116.

Anonymous said...

Darden is a huge corporation NOT a small business. We all feel for small biz..and yes the new tax sucks.

Paula said...

when i worked for Red f**king Lobster our paychecks came from GMRI, which is General Mills. YES, Darden is with a huge corporation.

Anonymous said...

I was driving by a Red Lobster in the area, and guess what I saw? It was completely remodeled, and this was recently! What's funny is that all these businesses claiming they can't afford Obamacare, their owners can still afford to go out to get sloshed at the nearest high end bar and enjoy their overpriced food. I would know because I worked for a restaurant owner who did just that. He bitched and moaned about how he was going broke, then the next morning talk about how he was out at a restaurant having drinks and eating food with his fellow restaurant owner friends. The irony? This guy voted for Obama and speaks highly of him.