I’m a little surprised that it’s now hit the restaurant business, but chains are big business, too. That’s standard operating procedure for corporations, particularly in uncertain economic times. They can hire people without having any obligations such as benefits, workers comp, and unemployment insurance and there are no questions about letting people go on a moment’s notice.
It’s the same reason the big technology companies lobby every year for special visas for overseas engineers. There are tons of unemployed engineers in the U.S. that are as capable as those from India and Sri Lanka. Problem is many of them are pushing, or over, 50 and once you hire them you’d better have an actual reason to fire them. Even the younger ones expect vacations, retirement plans and stock option bonuses. With the visa program, about the time an employee might be getting to the point they might ask for more, their time is up and they’re shipped out of the country.
I wonder when restaurants and retailers will figure out a way to deport senior employees?