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  • geoff_holt_2001 geoff_holt_2001 Oct 9, 2012 1:31 AM Flag

    Major Restaurant Chain Cuts Hours to Avoid Obamacare Costs

    A major restaurant group is 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 Orlando Sentinel reports. The company plans to offer a maximum of 28 hours per week per employee.

    Under a section of President Barack Obama's Affordable Healthcare Act, 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.

    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.

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    • You would hope these young workers would turn out, and vote against Obami. They are on the front line of Barrack's under employed brigade. Forced to go on welfare, so Barry can snag their support.

      Sentiment: Strong Sell

    • By rhonda.browning47

      I love it. thanks

    • lv666 you know you never leave a tip. you and your posse run the wait staff ragged with your special requests and like Moochelle never leave a tip.

      Darden follows the same practice that all restaurants follow. Obama has effecitvely eliminated the health care these employees were receiving.

      As of 2011, the federal minimum wage for wait staff is $2.13 per hour plus tips, and the general federal minimum wage rate is $7.25. If the total of your tips plus your hourly base rate do not equal at least the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour your employer must make up the difference.

    • "And last year, the company also put workers on a "tip sharing" program, meaning waiters and waitresses share their tips with other employees such as busboys and bartenders. That allows
      Darden to pay more workers a far lower "tip credit wage" of $2.13, rather than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.'
      You conveniently left this part of the article out. Darden is going to screw their workers regardless of the ACA.

    • ricky18201 Oct 9, 2012 8:30 AM Flag

      It's actually great for large companies like T, the fine is cheaper than the cost of medical insurance! Watch for many companies to drop their provided insurance and let the Kenyan provide it.

      • 1 Reply to ricky18201
      • T provides medical coverage without the threat of a fine. Why do you think they will suddenly drop it if they have to pay a fine when they do? Employer-provided health benefits include alot of benefits for both workers and employers. These will remain under the ACA.

        On a side note, Romney has stated he's open to taxing your health benefits to pay for his tax cuts for the wealthy:

        "Mitt Romney says he might be willing to reduce income tax deductions used by millions of families for home mortgage interest and health care costs.
        He suggested the changes could be part of a plan that includes a 20 percent cut in tax rates across the board, continuation of upper income tax cuts that Obama wants to end and a comprehensive tax overhaul plan that the Republican presidential contender has so far declined to flesh out in detail."

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