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If you’re using Team Management, Square for Restaurants, Square for Retail, Square Appointments, or Square’s Payroll services, you can keep track of the hours your team members work with Square Shifts. Your team members can clock in/out at the point of sale or by using the Square Team app, as well as view or print their workday summaries directly from the point of sale. You can also create, manage, and publish schedules based on the availability of you and your team. Learn more about Shift Scheduling with Team Management.

With Square Shift reports, you’ll save time calculating team member hours and running payroll with automatic overtime and double-time calculations that are easily exported to Square Payroll or your computer as a .CSV file. Once you’ve set up your team member shifts, you can view your shift reports right from your online Square Dashboard, and your team members can keep track of their time worked on the Square Team app. When using Team Plus, you'll also have the ability to view how your scheduled hours compare to the actual hours your team members worked. In both Workday and Labor Cost, you can view: upcoming scheduled shifts, as well as alerts for early, late, and no show clock-ins.

Navigation Updates

Since its initial launch, Team Management has significantly expanded its functionality beyond time tracking to include features like Shift Scheduling and Tip Pooling. As part of the recent updates with Team Management and Team Plus, we renamed the Timecards section of your online Square Dashboard to Shifts.

You will still have access to timecards. The only change to your current workflows will be to go to the Shifts section of your online Square Dashboard instead of Timecards when you need to take actions related to timecards, shift scheduling, and tip pooling. This update provides more clarity on the full labor management offering of Team Management and will allow for additional features in the future. Read the sections below to learn more about what you can expect from the new Shifts section.

Set Your Work Period

Setting a Work Period enables Square Timecards to report and calculate overtime based on your business’ operations. If your team members are typically clocked in past midnight, set your workday hours to at least an hour past the end of the closing shift. For example, if you’re operating a bar that closes at 2 a.m. and team members leave at 3 a.m., make the workday hours start at 4 a.m. in case of overtime and to ensure their shifts can be viewed in the same work day.

  1. Visit Shifts in your online Square Dashboard > Settings > Schedule.

  2. Set your start of Workweek and Workday.

  3. Click Save.

Review and Set Your Overtime and Breaks

Overtime settings are automatically associated with your state based on your location. You can confirm your location(s) by visiting Account & Settings in your online Square Dashboard.

If your team members are working multiple jobs at different wages, overtime will be calculated using the weighted average of the total normal earnings divided by total hours worked.

Set Overtime Rules

  1. Log into Shifts in your online Square Dashboard > Settings.

  2. Under Overtime, set a daily, weekly, and doubletime limit. Make sure to review your state’s overtime rules.

  3. Save.

Set Up Break Tracking

  1. Log into Shifts in your online Square Dashboard > Settings > Breaks.

  2. Click Add new break to add your first break.

  3. Add a name, duration, and select the compensation setting (paid or unpaid) for the break.

  4. Click Save to confirm the break settings.

  5. Add up to 3 breaks in total for each of your locations.

Break Tracking

Block Ending Breaks Early

To help stay compliant with local labor regulations requiring employee breaks, Team Management’s paid plan, Team Plus allows you to enable settings that prevent team members from ending their breaks early. To get started:

  1. Log into Shifts in your online Square Dashboard > Settings > Breaks.

  2. Toggle on Block Ending Breaks Early.

  3. If applicable, enter a time under Allow Within and toggle on Only This Location or All Locations.

  4. Click Save.

Prevent Early/Unscheduled Clock-Ins

You'll also have the ability to restrict your team members from clocking-in early for their shift or on days when they're not scheduled to work. To get started:

  1. Log into Shifts in your online Square Dashboard > Settings > Clock in/out.

  2. Toggle on Block early and unscheduled clock-ins.

  3. If applicable, enter a time under Allow within and toggle on Only this location or All locations.

  4. Click Save.

Note: If you've enabled the settings to block ending breaks and clocking-in early, your team member(s) will see a notification in the Team app if they attempt to do so.

Convert Paid Break Overages to Unpaid

In addition to preventing early or unscheduled clock-ins, you can also enable the option to convert paid break overages into unpaid breaks. If the setting is toggled on, your team members will automatically switch from a paid break to an unpaid break once they go one minute over their allotted break time. To get started:

  1. Log into Shifts in your online Square Dashboard > Settings > Breaks.

  2. Toggle on Convert excess time from a paid break to an unpaid break.

  3. Select the Apply to option to either Only this location or All locations.

Any break that goes over by a minimum of one minute will be flagged in both your Workday and Labor Cost reports to help make sure you’re aware of the change. By default, the setting is turned off and can only be enabled within Shifts settings by account owners, administrators, or any team member(s) with the Manage Shifts permission enabled.

Timecard Editing

To help maintain the accuracy of your timecards, Team Plus allows your team members to request changes to their timecards for past shifts. Once the appropriate setting is toggled on, team members can request changes directly from the Square Team app, and you can manage the requests through the online Square Dashboard. To get started:

  1. Log in to Shifts in your online Square Dashboard, and select Settings > Clock in/out.

  2. Toggle on Timecard editing.

  3. Click Save.

Note: Account owners and team members with the Respond to timecard requests permission enabled will receive a notification when team members request edits to their timecard(s). These requests can be approved or declined directly from the email notification, Square Team app, or online Square Dashboard. Edit requests will expire after 30 days.

Turn on Time Tracking

Once your permissions, team member profiles, and shift settings are all set up, it’s time to enable break tracking in the Square app.

Log into the Square app and visit Settings > Time Tracking > toggle Time Tracking on.

If you’ve paired a device to a specific location using device codes, you’ll need to make sure your team members have permission to work at that location. To check, go to Team in your online Square Dashboard, select the team member name to make sure the correct locations are selected under Permissions.

Turn on Tip Pooling

With Team Plus, you can use tip pooling to equally divide each credit card tip across all team members clocked in at the time of the transaction. Tip pooling ensures equitable and timely tip payouts for your team and removes any alternate and complicated workflows you currently use to distribute tips manually — giving you more time for other aspects of your business.

To get started:

  1. Go to Team in your online Square Dashboard.

  2. Select the team member you want to edit to open their team member profile.

  3. Click Edit under the “Job and compensation” section.

  4. Toggle on or off Tip eligible for each role.

After confirming that you applied tip pooling eligibility to all of your team team members, you can turn tip pooling. To do so:

  1. Go to Shifts in your online Square Dashboard.

  2. Select Settings > Tip distribution.

  3. For distribution method, select Pool tips per transaction.

  4. Choose whether you want to apply tip pooling to Only this location or All locations.

  5. Click Save.

You also have the option to toggle on or off Distribute unattributed tips equally. If the setting is toggled on, tips received when no one is clocked in will be equally distributed among all tip-eligible team members who clocked in on that workday.

Once you follow the steps above, credit card tips will split equally among all tip-eligible team members clocked in at the time of transaction. Note: Be sure to check your state and local laws regarding tip pooling, notice, and recordkeeping requirements.

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