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Darden Restaurants Cut Workers' Hours to Avoid Paying Health Care Coverage
Opposing View ^ | 10/9/2012 | By Michael Allen

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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1 posted on 10/10/2012 4:49:21 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

I suppose this was “unexpected”


2 posted on 10/10/2012 5:00:57 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: tobyhill

The only people who didn’t see this coming are democrats who support the law. They think employers are as stupid as democrats.


3 posted on 10/10/2012 5:09:46 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: New Jersey Realist

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.


4 posted on 10/10/2012 5:13:05 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: tobyhill

I thought they had a waiver...

http://newhampshire.watchdog.org/9255/restaurant-chain-partnering-with-white-house-anti-obesity-campaign-received-obamacare-waiver/


5 posted on 10/10/2012 5:13:16 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: tobyhill
This darden guy is a big bamster supporter.Add those restaurants to the boycott list.
6 posted on 10/10/2012 5:13:42 AM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: tobyhill

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.


7 posted on 10/10/2012 5:15:18 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Re-distribute my work ethic, not my wealth.)
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To: Sgt_Schultze
Democrats can be quite miserly when it's their ox being gored. Expect to see more of this. Too bad only the smart workers will place the blame where it belongs.
8 posted on 10/10/2012 5:16:11 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE

Nothing like someone sticking to his principles


9 posted on 10/10/2012 5:23:55 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: tobyhill

Walmart has been doing the same thing for years.


10 posted on 10/10/2012 5:25:47 AM PDT by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: tobyhill
Damn, I really liked Longhorn (could care less about the other two).

Oh well, if the owner is a big Zero man, so long.

11 posted on 10/10/2012 5:29:09 AM PDT by Marathoner (If the bastard were to win reelection, let America burn. IDGAF anymore.)
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To: tobyhill

Once more, liberals show complete and total ignorance of the law of unintended consequences.


12 posted on 10/10/2012 5:33:14 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm not voting for Obama, so therefore I must be helping Romney!)
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To: tobyhill

Typical. Libs want laws and taxes for everyone else, but all of a sudden get all cheapskate when it comes to their own money.


13 posted on 10/10/2012 5:36:50 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: tobyhill

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 :)


14 posted on 10/10/2012 5:41:53 AM PDT by upchuck (I miss my dog Snoopy. May 16, 1997-September 24, 2012 -- 15 years, 4 months. Forever in my heart.)
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To: upchuck

And the inevitable flood of unintended consequences begins.


15 posted on 10/10/2012 5:46:05 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: traderrob6

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?”


16 posted on 10/10/2012 5:53:27 AM PDT by upchuck (I miss my dog Snoopy. May 16, 1997-September 24, 2012 -- 15 years, 4 months. Forever in my heart.)
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To: New Jersey Realist

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.


17 posted on 10/10/2012 6:01:25 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: upchuck

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.


18 posted on 10/10/2012 6:02:55 AM PDT by sport
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To: tobyhill
Everyone acts like this was unexpected. Obamacare was set up to be unstable so that when the employer side collapsed the government could come back and say "We tried the free market. Now it is time for a true 'single payer' plan with all medical care going through the government."
19 posted on 10/10/2012 6:39:51 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: tobyhill

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.


20 posted on 10/10/2012 6:48:41 AM PDT by Hazwaste (Democrats are like slinkies. Only good for pushing down stairs.)
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To: tobyhill
Serious question:

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?

21 posted on 10/10/2012 6:48:51 AM PDT by joe212
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To: New Jersey Realist

Never could have seen this coming! Bureaucrats are all knowing.


22 posted on 10/10/2012 6:54:06 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (You didn't build that. The private sector is doing fine. We tried our plan and it worked.)
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To: upchuck
"This is a business decision in the best interest of the company’s owners, the shareholders"

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 Kenyan must go.

23 posted on 10/10/2012 7:36:32 AM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: ltc8k6

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.


24 posted on 10/10/2012 7:50:47 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: traderrob6
And the inevitable flood of unintended consequences begins.

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.

Mark

25 posted on 10/10/2012 8:16:38 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: tobyhill; kristinn

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 %.


26 posted on 10/10/2012 8:18:12 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: tobyhill

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!


27 posted on 10/10/2012 10:25:20 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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