Darden Restaurants on Wednesday said it would back off somewhat from its plan to limit employees' hours to avoid paying potentially higher costs for Obamacare in 2014.
Darden told The Associated Press it would not convert any current full time employees to part time to as way to avoid participating in the coming health care reforms. It remains unclear how Darden will staff its new restaurants. An official announcement of the change is planned for Thursday morning.
In October, the Orlando Sentinel reported that Darden had begun testing a system to limit many employees to 30 hours, and the company acknowledged the test was related to health care reform. Many people threatened a boycott, and on Tuesday, the company said negative publicity over its plans might have been partly to blame for plummeting sales at its chains.
Customers such as Gary and Jean Bradford of Kissimmee say they stopped visiting Olive Garden and Red Lobster once they heard about Darden's plans to cut hours