California Labor Compliance

To remain compliant with the regional labor requirements for restaurants, employers in California must take certain measures to ensure they are scheduling in a compliant manner.

Enabling Labor Compliance
Types of Exceptions
Missed Break Waivers
Exception Warnings
Dismissing Exceptions
Employee Attestation
Custom Attestation
Exception Report
⚠️ Access to certain features may require an upgrade from your current plan.
⚠️ The Labor Exceptions report is only available with 7punches or a POS labor integration.

To enable Labor Compliance

1. Head to Company Settings > Labor & Compliance.

2. Under the 'Jurisdiction' dropdown choose 'California.'

3. California labor compliance settings will automatically populate. You can choose to manually adjust the settings at the bottom of the page and remember to click 'Save.'

4. By default, overtime calculations in 7shifts are set to 'Hours Worked', so California clients will need to ensure they switch this setting to 'Regular Rate of Pay' to be compliant.

⚠️On July 15, 2021, the California Supreme Court ruled that overtime must be paid at the regular rate of pay—a weighted pay rate versus solely the hours worked.

Click here to learn more about enabling 'Regular Rate of Pay' in your Overtime settings.

5. To re-sync your settings to California defaults (including the Overtime rules) click the 'Re-sync labor & compliance settings' button.

Types of Exceptions

Missed Meal Breaks: 

Meal breaks are breaks of 30 minutes or more.  Depending on the length of shift, 1 or 2 meal breaks may be required. An exception occurs when the required number of meal breaks are not taken and/or if Meal Break #1 is not started before the end of the 5th hour (4:59) of the shift. For each exception, an employee should be rewarded with 1 hour of pay at the wage rate for that shift. 7shifts checks the time punch records to determine if the required breaks were taken on each shift. For more details please review the State of California website.

Missed Rest Breaks:

Rest Breaks are breaks of at least 10 consecutive minutes and must be paid breaks.  Depending on the length of shift, 1-4 rest breaks may be required. A break that was counted as a Meal Break, CANNOT also be counted as a Rest Break. An exception occurs when the required number of Rest Breaks are not taken. For each exception, an employee should be rewarded with 1 hour of pay at the wage rate for that shift. For more details please review the State of California website.

Split Shift:

An exception occurs if an employee has two punches, in the same day, separated by 60 minutes or more. For each exception, an employee is entitled to one hour of premium pay at the rate of the minimum wage. This premium pay can be offset if the employee's wage is higher than the minimum wage.  For more details please review the State of California website

Missed Break Waivers

If an Employee has a missed Meal Break wavier on file, this will be shown in the punch modal. You can indicate in an Employee's profile whether they have signed a waiver for ' 6hrs & out' and '10hrs & out'

Dismissing a Rest Break can not be done using a waiver, and must use Employee Attestation each time a break is missed. 

1. To enable this feature, go to Company Settings > Labor & Compliance > enable 'Meal Breaks' > enable waivers.

2. Then, navigate to the  Employee profile > Employment tab to indicate whether that Employee has signed their waiver:

These indications are then shown in the punch edit modal for that Employee:

Skip to here for more information on dismissing exception warnings for missed breaks.

Exception Warnings while scheduling

To avoid / reduce labor exceptions you will be warned about potential exceptions as you make changes to your schedule. Each time you make a change to a shift that may cause one or more exceptions, a warning will appear indicating the type of exception and the associated cost. 

Before publishing a schedule, you will see a warning summary showing the number of exceptions, the total cost, and details of each exception. 

You will also see a warning when assigning shifts through the Shift Pool that may cause an exception. 

Exception Warnings within the Punch Edit Screen (when using 7punches)

Exceptions for missed breaks and split shifts will show on the left side of the punch. 

If an Employee misses a Meal Break or a Rest Break, these exceptions can be dismissed from within the punch modal.

To dismiss the missed break exceptions based on Employee waivers, click on the break and then 'Dismiss Exception'.

⚠️ Dismissing a Rest Break can not be done using a waiver, and must use Employee Attestation each time a break is missed.

The exception warning will then be faded /ignored. You can restore the exception by clicking on it again, then 'Restore Exception'.

Click here to view all 7punches settings. 

Employee Attestation

⚠️ Employee Attestation is only for those using the 7punches mobile app, and may require an upgrade from your current plan.

Through 7punches, Employee Attestation will require Employees to confirm whether they:

  • Took their breaks in accordance with the policy
  • Had the opportunity to take all of their breaks, but freely chose not to
  • Were prevented from taking their breaks

Attestation occurs on employee punch out. This data will be available in the Labor Exceptions report, accessible to Managers and Admins.

To enable Employee Attestation: 

1. Go to Company Settings > Labor & Compliance > select Jurisdiction (California) 

2. Scroll further down, select 'Attestation', and click 'Save'.

In the 'Policy Link' field, there is the option to directly link your company's break policy so your employees can access it on the Attestation modal when they punch out.

On Employee Punch-out

Once an Employee punches out, they will be prompted to attest to their breaks. 

They can toggle between languages (English and Spanish) from the dropdown in the top right corner.

Attestation Customization:

⚠️ The Custom Attestation feature is only available on the Gourmet plan.

Admins and Managers will have the option to Customize Attestation fields:

  • Choosing the Attestation question
  • Choosing the answers to the Attestation question
  • Number of Attestation answers (2 or 3)
  • Language
To enable Custom Attestation:

1. Go to Company Settings > Labor & Compliance 

2. Select 'Jurisdiction (California)' and check the option 'Attestation' further down.

3. Click on 'Customize Attestation.'

4. Under each tab, enter the applicable details for your custom question and responses. 

❗️The Negative Response field must be filled out, as well as at least one Affirmative Response (positive), for Employees to select when they punch out.

5. Remember to click 'Save.'

Exceptions Report

⚠️ Missed Breaks Exceptions will only show on the Labor Exceptions report for those using 7punches or select POS labor integrations, including: 
  • Toast
  • Micros 3700
  • Aloha
  • Squirrel
  • Heartland Restaurant
  • Brink

1. Go to Reports > Labor Exceptions

2. Select the 'Date Range' and 'Location' and click 'Get Report.'

Included in the report

  • Employee who incurred the exception
  • Location where the exception took place
  • Date of the exception
  • Shift length
  • Exception type 
  • Attestation response
  • Exception cost
  • Waivers on file

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