Starting in 2014, big employers such as Darden will be required to provide health insurance to full-time workers. The company had tested hiring more part-time workers in select markets to gauge how it could mitigate those costs. It has since said no full-time workers will be bumped down to part-time status as a result of the health care overhaul.
Darden has about 2,000 locations in North America; roughly 1,500 of them are Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants.
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