Zane Tankel, the CEO of Applebee’s New York Franchise, Apple-Metro, is so dedicated to not spending money on his employees that he’s refusing to hire anyone new. Why? Because he might have to provide them health care. Under the Affordable Care Act, a business of 50 people or more must provide a health care option for its employees by 2014. The 40 Applebee’s restaurants in New York employ hundreds of people, and Tankel believes providing them with health insurance plans will be too costly. In an appearance on Fox Business News, the CEO said he won’t be able to hire new people because of the law, and even floated the idea of layoffs.
In case you’re tempted to eat at an Applebee’s soon, you might want to consider a different restaurant that cares more about its employees and is a better corporate citizen. Olive Garden and Red Lobster were already on my personal boycott list. Now, Applebee’s is on the list, too. The good news? I’ll probably be eating healthier by avoiding these places.