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Darden tests limiting worker hours as health-care changes loom

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."

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Repeal wage and hour limiting

Repeal wage and hour limiting laws. I believe in Liberty of Contract and would rather work 50 hours a week to make more money than be told by a nanny I can only work 40 legally before drawing overtime.
Hour limiting laws are antiquated from a bygone era anyways.

Southern Agrarian

I suppose that the waiters will want a larger tips

to compensate for a reduction in hrs. With the economy the way it is our family has cut out all eating out and putting that type of spending just into grocery store purchasing. WIth food prices up about 30% alone in the grocery store things are getting tough. We switched to Trader Joes a few years ago when they came to town and our bill was $80 per week and now is $110 at least.

I look at the Home Depot parking lot which used to be very full and I see a lot less people purchasing things for their homes. Less cars in the parking lots means less mfg jobs coming very shortly.

I think a full time job will be a thing of the past.

Two and three part time jobs will be necessary to get by.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."