High profile restaurants in four markets operated by Darden Restaurants chain have stopped offering full-time jobs to many hourly employees due to the costs and effects associated with “Obamacare.”
The Affordable Care Act, which many have come to refer to as “Obamacare,” requires large companies to provide affordable health insurance to employees working 30 hours a week or more by 2014, according to the Boston Business Journal.
As result of the massive, partisan legislation passed by Democrats in 2010 and signed into law by Obama, Darden plans to cut back on full-time employees, who, in turn, will make less money and be forced to purchase their own health insurance under the law.
Darden owns about 2,000 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada under subsidiaries including Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille.
In the first phase of cutbacks due to “Obamacare,” according to the Orlando-based Sentinel newspaper, the Florida firm has already cut full-time schedules at "at least a few" Olive Gardens, Red Lobsters and LongHorn Steakhouses in four markets, including Central Florida.
The cutbacks are part of an “experiment” to cut costs related to “Obamacare” legislation and cutbacks may increase, however the company has declined further comment, according to the Sentinel.
Analysts say the 2014 healthcare mandate will reduce the number of full-time unskilled jobs available to Americans.