Darden Restaurants, the $7.9 billion operator of such chains asOlive Garden and Red Lobster, is cutting workers' hours in a fewmarkets in the United States to test a move that could limit theimpact of healthcare reform, according to CNBC.

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The reforms enacted in 2010 require companies to providehealthcare coverage to full-time employees starting in 2014 or paya penalty. Darden, 75% of whose workers are already part-time, islimiting employees to 28 hours a week in the test areas, which isless than the 30 hours a week the government has set as thedefinition for full-time employment.

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See the full CNBC story here and coverage fromthe Orlando Sentinel here.

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