To the Editor:
Well, well, well. In the same week we read about Darden Corp. wanting $900,000 from the City of DeKalb to build an Olive Garden restaurant here, in the news Tuesday, it is reported that Darden is going to turn a bunch of full-time workers to part-time because of the upcoming Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) that will start in January 2013.
Any company that employs more than 50 full-time workers must provide them and their dependents health insurance or face a penalty. The article in the Chronicle stated that Darden was going to employ 55 full-time workers at this location. After hearing this information on the news today, I find it very hard to believe that this will be the case. The news also stated that Olive Garden now imposes “tip sharing” among the employees and that allows Darden to pay a base salary of $2.13 instead of the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
I believe this will give more people who want a full-time job, a part-time one because they won’t be able to find a full-time job. The Affordable Care Act is going to affect so many businesses in a negative way, which will then affect us in a negative way, we won’t believe how bad until it happens.
Remember that expensive ice skating rink at the corner of Locust and First that the City (we) bought a couple of years ago that they sold for a pittance after no one skated there? I hope this Darden thing isn’t like that.