Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Cause and Effect

Annals of unintended consequences:
If the government were to, somehow make full-time employees more expensive, perhaps through some oh-so-compassionate regulatory move known as the "Affordable Care Act," what might we expect employers to do when it comes to hiring and scheduling? Do they say, "aww, shucks," I guess we'll just have shoulder yet-higher costs in this really crappy economy? Or do they turn as many employees as possible into part-timers?
Well, what do you think will happen? Here's one scenario:
In an experiment apparently aimed at keeping down the cost of health-care reform, Orlando-based Darden Restaurants has stopped offering full-time schedules to many hourly workers in at least a few Olive Gardens, Red Lobsters and LongHorn Steakhouses.
This isn't an experiment. It's the future. More at the first link.


W.B. Picklesworth said...

And you will soon be reading stories about heartless employers. Then more regulation will be needed to make them toe the line!

Bike Bubba said...

You mean that incentives matter?