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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:09 AM

 

Boycott the Olive Garden and Red Lobster!

Restaurant chain experiments with more part-time work to avoid Obamacare costs

Darden Concepts, Inc.—the umbrella corporation behind Red Lobster and Olive Garden, among other chain restaurants—is experimenting with hiring more part-time staff in order to offset the cost of implementing the Affordable Care Act. Rich Jeffers, a spokesperson for Darden, said the company was working on finding the "optimal mix" for satisfying the law's requirements while "address the cost implications of the Affordable Care Act."

"We're not moving people from full time to part time," said Jeffers. Instead, Darden has been "bringing on more people in part-time roles" in the restaurants they've opened since February, when the experiment began. The question the experiment is supposed to answer, he said, is, "Can we continue to deliver our brand experience with more part-time?"

If the experiment is a success, the company overall could come to rely more on part-time workers. Those new employees would likely not enjoy the same health benefits that all employees currently do. "Today we offer health care to all of our employees," said Jeffers. But under the Affordable Care Act, which sets minimum standards for the health care being provided, "we can't offer that."

Conservative and libertarian commentators have argued that the cost of the Affordable Care Act to employers would compel them to lower wages and hire more part-time employees. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said as much in his July preview statement regarding hearings on the consequences of the law.

More: http://leanforward.msnbc.com/_news/2012/10/10/14342234-restaurant-chain-experiments-with-more-part-time-work-to-avoid-obamacare-costs

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Reply Boycott the Olive Garden and Red Lobster! (Original post)
UnrepentantLiberal Nov 2012 OP
Jim__ Nov 2012 #1
JustAnotherGen Nov 2012 #2
UnrepentantLiberal Nov 2012 #3
JustAnotherGen Nov 2012 #5
UnrepentantLiberal Nov 2012 #8
The Straight Story Nov 2012 #4
IDemo Nov 2012 #6
underpants Nov 2012 #7

Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:16 AM

1. That will be easy to do.

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Response to Jim__ (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:20 AM

2. Here too

Im in NJ - 35 miles from the Atlantic . . . And my husband is from Italy!

If anyone needs an authentic Italian recipe or some great seafood recipes to get over the need to eat this dram let me know.

Psssst - I've never eaten at Olive Garden and have not been in a Red Lobster since I discovered Uncle Vinnies Raw Bar in Raritan NJ. <----- Blatant advertisement for a great litte hole in the wall.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:26 AM

3. I'll see your Uncle Vinnie's Raw Bar

 

and raise you a Biggie's Clam Bar.

http://biggiesclambar.com/

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:38 AM

5. I've been there!

They don't do the calamari with diced plum tomatoes, crumbled blue and balsamic.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 10:42 AM

8. Awesome.

 

Next time I'm near Raritan I'll drop into Vinnie's. Love clam bars!

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:33 AM

4. Well, now what do I do? Obama gave us folks in Ohio free gift cards to there to vote for him

And a voucher for Twinkie's from the Hostess store.....

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:41 AM

6. Where am I supposed to enjoy smoking while breastfeeding my pitbulls?

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:14 AM

7. Done and done

you can get better food (MUCH better) at gas stations

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