As factcheck.org stated:
Darden is reportedly taking the action to avoid the Affordable Care Act, which is scheduled to go into effect in 2014.
In a monumental lapse of judgement, Darden failed to understand that the success of their company is rooted in a customer base that strongly supports the Affordable Care Act. And offending these folks is bad for business: many of these folks will voice their dissent with their wallets -- speaking the language corporate America understands.
In cutting its forecast for the year earlier on Dec. 4, Darden also said that it was hit by a publicity backlash from tests intended to gauge how it could limit costs for workers' health care. 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 and replacing full-time workers who left with part-time workers in select markets to gauge how it could mitigate those costs.