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.”
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.