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Obamacare drives more restaurants to cut worker hours to part-time

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Full-time employees at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants are seeing their hours cut in an attempt by ownership to avoid fines levied by Obamacare.

Darden Restaurants, Inc., which owns both restaurants, wants more of it’s 180,000 employees to work fewer than 30 hours a week. They are testing, in four markets, a plan to cut hours. “We’re not at a point where we have results,” Bob McAdam, a Darden spokesman, told WJLA.

The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard noted that the Health and Human Services Department wrote 18 pages of regulations just to define “full-time,” a term that has significant ramifications for the cost of Obamacare.

“Of note, to the Feds a full-time employee works an average of just 30 hours a week, not the normally accepted 40 hours,” Bedard explained. “The IRS rule is key because companies with more than 50 full-time employees must provide health insurance under Obamacare, or be fined.”

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