Skip to comments.Darden Restaurants Cut Workers' Hours to Avoid Paying Health Care Coverage
Posted on 10/10/2012 4:49:15 AM PDT by tobyhill
Darden Restaurants has stopped offering full-time schedules to many hourly workers in a few of its Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse eateries.
Darden is reportedly taking the action to avoid the Affordable Care Act, which is scheduled to go into effect in 2014, reports Fox 35 (video below). Under that law, also known as Obamacare, companies must provide affordable health insurance to employees working an average of at least 30 hours per week.
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I suppose this was “unexpected”
The only people who didn’t see this coming are democrats who support the law. They think employers are as stupid as democrats.
Indeed. Democrats/Socialists/Communists are the ultimate examples of the “Chess Piece Fallacy”...
They believe they can move the pieces around on the chess board at their whim, with no cost to the “game” (system/economy), and the pieces won’t move themselves in response.
I thought they had a waiver...
The CEO of Darden has been identified as a big Obama supporter on other threads.
Whether true or not, I ate my last meal with them long ago because their food is awful.
Nothing like someone sticking to his principles
Walmart has been doing the same thing for years.
Oh well, if the owner is a big Zero man, so long.
Once more, liberals show complete and total ignorance of the law of unintended consequences.
Typical. Libs want laws and taxes for everyone else, but all of a sudden get all cheapskate when it comes to their own money.
Darden: first of many.
Can’t blame them. This is a business decision in the best interest of the company’s owners, the shareholders.
It will be interesting to see the government’s reaction to this.
How lovely to live in a time when the government is proactive :)
And the inevitable flood of unintended consequences begins.
Yes. It seems the people who put this stuff together never consider, “Okay how will be people being hurt by this modify their behavior to mitigate it?”
What goes around comes around. A very true statement.
I would venture that the majority of these workers are Obama voters.
Now, they reap the rewards they earn for their political affiliation.
The people who put this stuff together knew exactly what they were doing.They do not give a damn about the misery it causes. They only care about how much it will enhance their power.
The Obama Plan to lower the unemployment rate.
1. Pass socialized medicine, forcing employers to pay for insurance for full-time employees.
2. Businesses convert full-time employees to part-time.
3. Business can afford to hire more employees, part-time, and must do so to meet business requirements.
4. Phony baloney unemployment rate comes down.
5. Obama saved us again.
Does this really work? Does a person working less than 30 hours really not count towards the total number of employees, either to avoid being over 50 employees, or to not pay Obamacare employer penalty for that employee?
Never could have seen this coming! Bureaucrats are all knowing.
No it isn't. Workers will find other employment (restraunt work is not hard to come by) and Darden companies will go belly up.
The waivers were annual things - so you have to keep kissing up to keep your Obamacare exemption.
The other interesting thing is the 30 hours per week threshold. In most other areas, 39 hours or less is part time. Obamacare mandates coverage at full time of THIRTY hours per week. So you can be part time under most rules but full time under Obamacare, at 32 or 35 hours per week.
There's no way this was "unintended." Everyone behind "Obamacare" knew this was inevitable, and is just one step in moving the country to socialized medicine... Get employers to drop their private insurance, while at the same time, putting financial constraints on insurers who won't "play nice" with the government, effectively putting them out of business. The "dumb masses" will demand that the government offer insurance for everyone.
This could explain the huge increase in part time jobs in the last employment figures.
You downgrade people to part time and add more part time workers to make up the difference.
GDP remains sluggish but unemployment falls but U-6 (unemployment plus workers involutarily working part time) remains high at 14 %.
This is just one of the many “unintended consequences” of ALL liberal plans and ideas! And it should serve as PROOF that liberals do not understand human nature nor business acumen!
Let’s take the Community Reinvestment Act as an example. On the surface, the idea that helping people own more homes sounds GREAT! Home ownership builds communities and helps people identify with a region and set roots for further development. So, if you look at the basic premise behind it, it looks really good, so let’s pass this law!
Now, let’s look at reality (which liberals do not and can not understand). Home ownership is great IF YOU WORK FOR IT. If it is given to you, then like any expected gift (like socks from you GrandMa), the value to you is either missed or fleeting. Next, companies are REQUIRED to attempt to make money. Fiduciary duty requires that all parties do their best to represent the investor’s interest in making money; so, when the rules changed (you MUST make risky loans), the companies simply created another way to make money (bundling, packaging and selling the loans); contrary to popular belief, this was NOT illegal, immoral nor nefarious - it was a business decision based on making profits for investors! Since these customers were never really interested in “owning a home,” they were only interested in getting the loan and having a place to live, they were not interested in developing nor settling in nor building the “community!”
When the economy finally broke, the loans were shown to be worthless. The home owners were shown to be living well beyond their means. So, ultimately, as can be seen by the sea of vacant, repossessed homes, and the masses without any valid residence or “investment wealth” (since that is what a large portion of America uses their homestead as - investment wealth), the Community Reinvestment Act sounded great on paper BUT, when faced with human nature and business acumen, the CRA was shown to be a complete and total FAILURE!
I do NOT look forward to the dismal results which will bore out with the complete implementation of ObamaCare!