Labor laws in California are complex, with strict rest and meal break policies state-wide, and Fair Workweek ordinances being implemented in several Californian cities. Labor law compliance in California is critical for restaurants, as each labor exception must be paid out to employees—often titled as “premium pay events.” Here are the California labor laws your restaurant must adhere to.
June 2017 · 56+ global employees or 20+ Emeryville employees
Emeryville’s Fair Workweek ordinance, enacted in June of 2017, is another set of California labor laws that apply to retail and fast food establishments. Any restaurants in Emeryville must pay attention to both state and city laws when scheduling their staff.
March 2016 · 20+ locations · 20+ employees in San Francisco
Labor compliance laws in San Francisco, include the Predictable Scheduling and Fair Treatment for Formula Retail Employees Ordinance (or FREROs) and covers employees in a subset of companies that have 20+ locations worldwide and employ over 20 people in the city of San Francisco.
Here are the labor compliance requirements of these ordinances. Employers must:
7shifts provides the tools restaurants need to ensure labor law compliance in California—from San Fran to Emeryville—with flexible scheduling tools, transparent communication, and robust reporting tools.
7shifts’ drag-and-drop schedule builder makes it simple to schedule shifts in accordance with the law. Get ultimate visibility into each employee’s shifts and use sales and weather forecasts to build the most efficient schedules.
While scheduling, managers will receive alerts of any overtime they’ve built into the schedule. Additionally, managers receive a notification when an on-duty employee is about to go into overtime.
Electronic schedule publishing
Easily publish new schedules to employees via SMS text, push notification, or email with 2 weeks’ notice. Employees can view their shifts directly on their mobile device.
Employees can voluntarily offer up shifts or accept extra shifts from coworkers with managerial approval.
Time-off and availability requests
Schedules are infinitely flexible for your staff with time-off and availability requests submitted directly through the app. Managers can approve, deny, and manage requests on-the-go.
Scheduled break management
Schedule custom and mandatory breaks in any shift and get notifications to remind employees to take them.
Split shift detection
Split shift punches are detected automatically when an employee punches in with 7shifts, and the associated “split shift premium” is fed directly into the labor exception report.
When an employee clocks out using 7punches, they’ll be asked if they took their required meal and rest breaks or waived them, so you can accurately track your labor law compliance.
Maintain compliance records
Keep records of all scheduled shifts, punch data, and account activity for three years and beyond.
Generate labor exception reports
Easily access automated labor exception reports with type and fee amount of each exception. With the added visibility, you’ll stay more compliant with local laws.
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Employee scheduling for restaurants is simple with our drag-and-drop tool that factors in overtime, availability, and regional labor laws. Once the employee schedule is built, it can be published directly to your staff’s email or mobile device so they always know when they’re working.
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Group chats · Direct messaging · Announcements · Shift feedback · Manager log book
Keep your team informed with built-in chat, announcements, and shift feedback. Share photos, GIFs, emojis, and text through one-on-one or group messages, or update the whole team with company Announcements.
Be proactive with employee engagement with store-specific stats like lates and no shows, a real-time leaderboard of most and least-engaged employees, and automated feedback surveys to keep a pulse on employee satisfaction.
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POS integrations · Weekly labor budget tool · Reports · Engage dashboard
Integrate your POS to track variances in sales and labor to make smarter business decisions that lower labor costs. Guide your scheduling with the weekly labor budget tool, eliminate unbudgeted labor hours with schedule enforcement, and access detailed reports to identify trends and optimize your restaurant.
Use engagement insights and automated feedback from staff to improve workplace satisfaction and productivity.Explore labor compliance
Multi-location support · On-demand support · Knowledge base
With your labor costs in check, staff engaged, and restaurant schedule managed, you can focus on the things that matter—serving your guests and growing your restaurant.
Devote more time to expanding your team and adding new locations to your operations. With unlimited employee and location support, 7shifts is here to scale with you all the way.
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7shifts integrates with dozens of the leading restaurant POS and payroll systems to create labor-perfect schedules.
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