You can now read 10 articles each month for free on BostonGlobe.com.

The Boston Globe

Business

Olive Garden owner to hold off on worker changes

NEW YORK — The owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster won’t bump any full-time workers down to part-time status, ­after its tests of way to limit health care costs caused a backlash that took a bite out of sales. Yet Darden Restaurants Inc. isn’t ruling out relying more heavily on part-timers.

The Orlando company was set to announce on Thursday that none of its current full-time employees will have their status changed. Darden this week lowered its profit outlook for the year, citing failed promotions and negative publicity from its tests of using more part-time employees. The tests were aimed at keeping down costs tied to new rules that will require large companies to provide health insurance to full-time workers starting in 2014.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than $1 a week