Darden tests limiting worker hours as health-care changes loomSubmitted by emalvini on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 10:07
Darden tests limiting worker hours as health-care changes loom
By Sandra Pedicini, Orlando Sentinel
7:15 p.m. EDT, October 7, 2012
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."