The latest regarding Obamacare is the Darden Restaurants has now stopped giving employees full time hours to hourly workers in some of their establishments that include Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and LongHorn Steakhouses. Ah yes, “free” healthcare in exchange for JOBS! Makes sense to me, how about you?
Darden says staffing changes are just one item they are considering as the evaluate what impact Obamacare will have on their business and cost implications. They may expand the staff cuts to more of their establishments as they get more information about how Obamacare is going to impact them. Several other companies are considering cutting staff because of the new healthcare law which goes into full effect in 2014. Beginning in January 2013 the 21 NEW TAXES begin btw. The law stipulates that employers must provide health insurance to employees that work at least 30 hours per week. If they don’t then companies will be fined up to $3K per employee. As one executive said most likely many employers especially food and beverage industry employers are just going to make sure their employees don’t work 30 hours per week. Darden says they will keep their hourly employees at 28 hours per week. Industry analysts are warning that fewer hours may result in higher turnover and less qualified workers.