Skip to comments.Prepping for Obamacare, Olive Garden and Red Lobster Cut Workers' Hours
Posted on 10/11/2012 11:45:23 AM PDT by Kaslin
In hopes of reducing the impact of Obamacare, Olive Garden and Red Lobster are reducing hours and studying the impact.
Right now, this is just a small test, involving only four
stores markets. However, if large chains are testing in that direction, no doubt other companies are doing the same. I also suspect smaller chains have already shifted to that model completely.
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The owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants is putting more workers on part-time status in a test aimed at limiting the impact of looming health coverage requirements.
Darden Restaurants declined to give details but said the test is only in restaurants in four markets across the country. The test entails increasing the number of workers on part-time status, meaning they work less than 30 hours a week. Under the new health care act, companies will be required to provide health care to full-time employees by 2014. That would significantly boost labor costs for businesses.
About 75 percent of Darden's employees are currently part-timers.
Given the challenging job market, Darden has been able to offer lower pay rates to new hires. Bonuses for general managers have been reduced as sales have stagnated. Servers at Red Lobster are handling four tables at a time, instead of three.
And last year, the company also put workers on a "tip sharing" program, meaning waiters and waitresses share their tips with other employees such as busboys and bartenders. That allows Darden to pay more workers a far lower "tip credit wage" of $2.13, rather than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
Darden isn't the only restaurant chain looking at managing labor costs.
This summer, McDonald's Chief Financial Officer Peter Bensen noted in a conference call with investors that the fast food company was looking at the many factors that will impact health care costs, including the number of full-time employees.Like One, Like All
There you have it, right at the end. McDonald's is looking at part-time work as well, hoping to avoid the impact of Obamacare.
Are any major restaurant chains not doing the same thing?
So, let me repeat the same questions I asked on Tuesday: Is Obamacare Responsible for the Surge in Part-Time Jobs? What About Obama's Defense Layoff Suspensions?
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Having one last 19 year old who hasn't flown the coop yet, I took it upon myself over the last year to help him and his numerous friends look for work down here in sunny Dallas.
Here are a few observations.
- Companies have cut back as many employees as possible to under 32 hours so as to avoid having to pay any benefits
- Christmas hiring actually began in September and is winding down in mid-October. It is definitely ahead of schedule.
- Temp agencies are having a field day, absolutely flooded with applicants and temporary, not full time permanent positions.
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Could it be any other way?
All business owners take heed. If you still don’t believe our country will be bedlam when the commies plans come to fruition, you are going to have a rude awakening. Obamacare will destroy all businesses in this country. If you don’t stand up and fight today, tomorrow it may be too late!
Don’t worry. Obama will fix this in his next term. If you even walk past the time clock your considered eligible for Zero Care.
If Obama gets elected, I wonder how long it’ll be before he passes some decree forcing business to not only hold onto workers, but add more. Obamacare is his baby and I doubt he’ll let reality defeat it without a fight.
Cuts will also take place at LongHorn Steakhouses.
“All business owners take heed.”
Some may see this as an excuse to cut healthcare altogether (as well as all of the other benefits those former full-time employees won’t receive now). American workers are more screwed than American businesses...
2 full-time employees turn into 3 part-time - 1 new job for Obama and the ObamaMedia to brag about.
Well that brings the employment numbers up in their logic
If he gets reelected, he’ll need another term to finish what he couldn’t do in his first term and in his second term