Darden tests limiting worker hours as health-care changes loom


#1

In an experiment apparently aimed at keeping down the cost of health-care reform, Orlando-basedDarden 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.”

Darden Restaurants Orlando: Darden Restaurants part-time employment system in Orlando at some Red Lobster, Olive Garden - OrlandoSentinel.com

In years gone by when the old standard was one received overtime and time and a half for hours over 40 a week was the norm I saw companies decide to make it a standard to work people less than 40 hours to get around paying for not only overtime but health benefits.

Flash forward today and little has changed and with the realization come January many more things will be heaped on employers adding to their tax burden and other benefits given to employees.

As an aside, employees have been under the gun from government bodies that want to tax those benefits.


#2

The interesting thing about this is that the CEO of this company has been a huge Obama suporter.

I know that I sound like a broken record. However, If Obamacare had already been in place this year, we would be making my wife’s funeral arrangements instead of seeing a light at the end of her cancer treatments and still making future plans.

We would have had to wait for medically ignorant bureacrats, like those that work for Immigration Dept. and the BMV, at every step of the way. Such bureaucrats are known for finding any excuse to say NO after the paperwork sits on their desk for several months and adding huge delays. Delays are the last thing a cancer patrient needs for successful recovery.


#3

[quote=“Conservative_Libertarian, post:2, topic:36515”]
Delays are the last thing a cancer patient needs for successful recovery.
[/quote]I completely agree. Bureaucrats have been the death of many a person , enterprise, or undertaking. It is just not important to them unless it happens to them.

Sound familiar, it should we see the same attitude on this site by some members who do not care about things unless it happens to them.


#4

This is called “THEM”

The govt (at all levels) is loaded with THEM. FIghting THEM was one of my major challenges in the career. No one knows who THEM is so when you ask who? The onjly answer you get is THEM, they said that! No not good enough, I need an answer to my problem and the person you are talking to cannot give you one, so you want to head up the chain of command, but they cannot direct you.

Now lets compound the problem in govt “yes” and “no”. Lots of folks in the govt have “no” votes, they can disapprove but cannot approve. They can bring to a halt a $100 Million dollor program for days, weeks and longer, but they can approve NOTHING!

That said this is the goal of govt workers. Get into a position to say no, but not say yes. Folks do NOT get fired for saying NO, they get in deep kimche for saying yes. Yes creates an action, no = inaction.


#5

So true. Saying ‘YES’ and defending it is a sign of real leadership.

I saw a report where, after several requests for increased security, the Embassy in Libya attemped to throw a Hail Mary pass by contracting private security. ON the news, I saw the quote from the government contracting officer that denied their Statement of Work stating that such services were not allowed on that contract. Will this contracting officer get into trouble for saying “NO”? Probably not.


#6

I moved this to the “In the News” forum, since it’s a news story about business and politics.

Gee, government arbitrarily imposes costs on businesses and those businesses respond to minimize their costs? [sarcasm] What a shock?! [/sarcasm] Seriously, what person above age 10, other than politicians and bureaucrats working in state capitals and DC, didn’t/couldn’t see this response coming?!


#7

and yet the liberal actually believes the Obama hype that this is good for America. As seniors Sal and I are finding that our med services are cut severely. Due to the new Obama care regulations and the money taken out of Medicare. My future heart surgery will be curtailed depending on the extent required.


#8

It’s the big squeeze thanks to our socialist bottom feeders that want to steal from the rich and unknowingly destroy the poor person’s ability to fend for themselves when opportunity dries up.


#9

Did you see “Stossel” last nite on FOX, good program on Welfare, worth your one hr of time…


#10

[quote=“17Oaks, post:4, topic:36515”]
This is called “THEM”

The govt (at all levels) is loaded with THEM. FIghting THEM was one of my major challenges in the career. No one knows who THEM is so when you ask who? The onjly answer you get is THEM, they said that! No not good enough, I need an answer to my problem and the person you are talking to cannot give you one, so you want to head up the chain of command, but they cannot direct you.

Now lets compound the problem in govt “yes” and “no”. Lots of folks in the govt have “no” votes, they can disapprove but cannot approve. They can bring to a halt a $100 Million dollor program for days, weeks and longer, but they can approve NOTHING!

That said this is the goal of govt workers. Get into a position to say no, but not say yes. Folks do NOT get fired for saying NO, they get in deep kimche for saying yes. Yes creates an action, no = inaction.
[/quote]100% truth. Great post, and reflects my observations also.


#11

COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.

ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It’s 8.1%.

COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?

ABBOTT: No, that’s 16%.

COSTELLO: You just said 8.1%.

ABBOTT: 8.1% Unemployed.

COSTELLO: Right 8.1% out of work.

ABBOTT: No, that’s 16%.

COSTELLO: Okay, so it’s 16% unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, that’s 8.1%.

COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 8.1% or 16%?

ABBOTT: 8.1% are unemployed. 16% are out of work.

COSTELLO: IF you are out of work you are unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, Obama said you can’t count the “Out of Work” as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.

COSTELLO: But they ARE out of work!!

ABBOTT: No, you miss his point.

COSTELLO: What point?

ABBOTT: Someone who doesn’t look for work can’t be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn’t be fair.

COSTELLO: To whom?

ABBOTT: The unemployed.

COSTELLO: But they are ALL out of work.

ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work gave up looking and if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.

COSTELLO: So if you’re off the unemployment rolls, that would count as less unemployment?

ABBOTT: Absolutely! Unemployment would go down.

COSTELLO: The unemployment goes down just because you don’t look for work?

ABBOTT: Right! That’s how Obama gets it to 8.1%. Otherwise it would be 16%. He doesn’t want you to read about 16% unemployment.

COSTELLO: That would be tough on his reelection.

ABBOTT: You got it.

COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?

ABBOTT: Two ways – that’s right.

COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?

ABBOTT: Correct.

COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?
ABBOTT: Bingo.

COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to have Obama’s supporters stop looking for work.

ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like the Obama Economy Czar.

COSTELLO: I don’t even know what the hell I just said!

ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like Obama….


#12

[quote=“17Oaks, post:11, topic:36515”]
COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It’s 8.1%.COSTELLO: That many people are out of work? ABBOTT: No, that’s 16%. COSTELLO: You just said 8.1%. ABBOTT: 8.1% Unemployed. COSTELLO: Right 8.1% out of work. ABBOTT: No, that’s 16%. COSTELLO: Okay, so it’s 16% unemployed. ABBOTT: No, that’s 8.1%. COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 8.1% or 16%? ABBOTT: 8.1% are unemployed. 16% are out of work.COSTELLO: IF you are out of work you are unemployed. ABBOTT: No, Obama said you can’t count the “Out of Work” as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed. COSTELLO: But they ARE out of work!! ABBOTT: No, you miss his point. COSTELLO: What point? ABBOTT: Someone who doesn’t look for work can’t be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn’t be fair.COSTELLO: To whom? ABBOTT: The unemployed. COSTELLO: But they are ALL out of work. ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work gave up looking and if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.COSTELLO: So if you’re off the unemployment rolls, that would count as less unemployment?ABBOTT: Absolutely! Unemployment would go down.COSTELLO: The unemployment goes down just because you don’t look for work? ABBOTT: Right! That’s how Obama gets it to 8.1%. Otherwise it would be 16%. He doesn’t want you to read about 16% unemployment.COSTELLO: That would be tough on his reelection.ABBOTT: You got it. COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?ABBOTT: Two ways – that’s right. COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?ABBOTT: Correct. COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job? ABBOTT: Bingo. COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to have Obama’s supporters stop looking for work.ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like the Obama Economy Czar. COSTELLO: I don’t even know what the hell I just said! ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like Obama….
[/quote]:coffee_spray: The baseball stix reworked

“Who’s on First” script


#13

Stealing this


#14

If you want to be a GOOD Democrat:

  1. You believe the AIDS virus is spread by a lack of Federal funding.

  2. You believe that the same school system that can’t teach 4th graders how to read is somehow the best qualified to teach those same kids all about sex.

  3. You believe guns, in the hands of law-abiding Americans, are more of a threat than U.S. nuclear weapons technology, in the hands of Chinese communists or radical Muslims.

  4. You believe that there was no art before Federal funding.

  5. You believe that global temperatures are less affected by cyclical, documented changes in the earth’s climate, and more affected by yuppies driving SUVs!

  6. You believe that gender roles are artificial but being homosexual is natural

  7. You are against capital punishment but support abortion on demand.

  8. You believe that businesses create oppression and governments create prosperity.

  9. You believe that hunters do not care about nature, but loony activists from Seattle do.

  10. You believe that self-esteem is more important than actually doing something to earn it.

  11. You believe the military, not corrupt politicians, start wars.

  12. You believe the NRA is bad, because it supports certain parts of the Constitution, while the ACLU is good, because it supports certain parts of the constitution.

  13. You believe that taxes are too low, but ATM fees are too high.

  14. You believe that Margaret Sanger and Gloria Steinem are more important to American history than Thomas Jefferson, General Robert E. Lee, and Thomas Edison.

  15. You believe that standardized tests are racist, but racial quotas and set-asides are not.

  16. You believe Hillary Clinton is all about “progress” not power. She just wants to help us out of the archaic system of governing that we have been subject to for the past 200 plus years.

  17. You believe that the only reason socialism has not worked anywhere it’s been tried, is because the right people haven’t been in charge such as Hillary Clinton.

  18. You believe Republicans telling the truth belong in jail, but a liar and sex offender belongs in the White House and you would vote him back in there in a New York minute (if you could).

  19. You believe that homosexual parades displaying drag, transvestites, and bestiality should be constitutionally protected and manger scenes at Christmas should be illegal.

  20. You believe that illegal Democratic Party funding by the Chinese is somehow in the best interest of the United States.

  21. You believe that the vociferous minorities who protest against prayer and saluting the flag in school have far more rights than the majority who believe in God and country and want these values to be instilled in our young children