At least for now, Darden Restaurants says it doesn't plan to scale back on full-time workers as a way to avoid paying more under looming federal health-care reforms.
Orlando-based Darden made that assurance Thursday in the wake of a public-relations backlash over an experiment it conducted to limit employee hours at some Olive Gardens, Red Lobsters and LongHorn Steakhouses.
The company "always had a significant number of full-time employees and they are integral to our success. The data we have collected during our test around guest satisfaction and employee engagement has only reinforced this," Chief Executive Officer Clarence Otis said in a news release.
The company would not agree to an interview and did not answer most emailed questions about its staffing, including whether restaurants that had been relying much more heavily on part-timers would now add more full-time staff.
Much of Darden's testing affected newly hired employees.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Darden says it won't reduce full-time staff -- for now
They will wait until the pub dies down and then after the current(key word)full timers turnover, they will not fill those positions and then start dropping insurances so you can go on obamacare. Its going to happen people. All these boycotts and bitching is useless in the end.