Restaurant Chain May Cut Hours to Skip Obamacare
A major restaurant group is experimenting with cutting its employees hours in the hopes of cutting the costs of healthcare. Darden Restaurants, which owns the Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, and Yard House chains has stopped offering full-time schedules to hourly workers. The company plans to offer a maximum of 28 hours per week per employee.
So they can work at two restaurants to make ends meet, but still no health care.
Under a section of President Barack Obama's Affordable Healthcare Act due to go into effect in 2014, large employers face fines of up to $3,000 per employee if they fail to provide insurance for employees who work an average of 30 or more hours per week.
Apparently the geniuses who wrote this thing failed to consider all the possible avenues of escape.
Darden said it offers health insurance to its 185,000 employees nationwide but many are on a limited-benefit plan which will be phased out under Obamacare. Darden plans to open 500 new restaurants in the next five years, adding an estimated 50,000 new jobs.
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