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NeeleshKamath
Product and Topic Expert
Product and Topic Expert
Dear All,

Hope you are doing fine.

I am excited to share the new features that we are planning to deliver as part of the Best Practices package for Time Management 2H 2023 via the upgrade centre. We have some new features (new country localizations) along with enhancements for existing countries.

Disclaimer: Please note these features are currently available only on preview. The final version will be updated on RTC or production date for 2H 2023.

Sweden localization


 

We now provide localized configuration for Sweden (SWE) Time Off. By applying the country-specific configuration block, you will get sample configuration for various leave types like Vacations, Illness, Child Care, Study, Leave of Absence, Birth of Child, Military Services Leave, Pregnancy allowance etc

 

Sweden has complex vacation laws and lot of quotas which have to be handled via different time account types. In Sweden, it is common practice to use time accounts with Accruals & Entitlements. Leave is accrued in one year (e.g., 2022), In the following year (e.g., 2023), the previous year’s accrual is transferred as an vacation entitlement which can be taken up to some point in the year after which the remaining entitlement would be carry forwarded as ‘saved vacation’ or paid out via “Not Saved Vacation”

 

Here are the different time accounts and their terminologies.


 

Accrual Time Account – The accrual time account is valid from April – March of Next year. The accruals are granted monthly based on the yearly entitlement which is divided proportionately among the months based on number of days in that month. Further the accruals are also prorated based on leave of absence days in that period.

Vacation Time Account Type: The vacation time account is also valid from April – March. This receives the accrual balance from previous period (April- March). This means the accrual period and vacation taking periods are different.

 

The remaining vacation accounts along with posting order are listed in above screenshot which you can refer to

The below is an example on how these accounts and processes work


 

In Year 1 , the accruals are granted monthly and total up to 25 days for period between April 2021 to March 2022

In Year 2, there are two accounts in parallel.

The accrual account which gets a monthly accrual which totals to 25 days for the entire period.

The vacation account which receives the accrual balance from year 1 accrual account (Previous year). This is basically a vacation entitlement transfer. The vacation account can only be used for leave booking and not the accrual account.

Then say in this vacation account 24 days were consumed with 1 day left as unutilized.

In year 3, Similar to year 1 and 2, the accrual and vacation accounts are created and they work as explained in year 1 and 2

You can see that 1 day which was unutilized from year 2 vacation account is then transferred to “Saved vacation” Account. This is an Adhoc account used for carry forward processes and is valid for 5 years

And the cycle continues for subsequent years as shown in above screenshot. With this you could interpret it similarly for year 4 and 5

 

You can apply Sweden Time off Best Practices from Upgrade Center under best practices as shown below.


 

For more details you could refer to the workbooks or our help portal

 

 

Korea localization


It’s similar to other Southeast Asian Countries that we have delivered

Most of these countries come up with two-time profiles mainly because of how accruals are handled. Two variants are:

  • Customers would generally provide direct accruals (say 15 days) based on the seniority difference between hire year and current calendar year. It does not matter if the employee is crossing the seniority mid of year

  • Other customers would like to average out the accruals based on seniority crossing mid of the year. Also, If an employee is promoted to a different pay grade within a year, the accruals have to be recalculated or averaged out.


 

Apart from accrual handling, the other leave types mainly are related to Medical, Marriage, Paternity, Maternity, Compensation, Illness paid and unpaid leave,  Unpaid Leaves, etc.

TIme profile:


Similar to Sweden, we have a upgrade centre Item to apply these changes

Time Tracking South Africa


 

We delivered a new Overtime Recording time profile which caters to both normal shifts and cross midnight shifts for South Africa

South Africa has different overtime premiums for ex OT1.5, OT2.0 based on different time segments and Days(Weekdays, Sundays, Holidays etc)

 

The below are some complex rules covering these overtime time pay

































































































































Scenario Sub-Scenario Overtime on a Time Valuation Calculation
Normal Shifts
1 1 Weekday

12am - 12 pm: 1.5x

12pm - 12am: 1.5x
1 2 Saturday

12am - 12 pm: 1.5x

12pm - 12am: 2x
1 3 Sunday

12am - 12 pm: 2x

12pm - 12am: 2x
1 4 Public Holiday

12am - 12 pm: 2x

12pm - 12am: 2x
1 5 Holiday on Saturday

12am - 12 pm: 2x

12pm - 12am: 2x
1 6 Holiday on Sunday

12am - 12 pm: 2x

12pm - 12am: 2x
Cross Midnight
2 1 Normal day

12am - 12 pm: 1.5x

12pm - 12am: 1.5x

 

Next Day:

12am - 12 pm: 1.5x

12pm - 12am: 1.5x
2 2 Friday - Saturday AM

12am - 12 pm: 1.5x

12pm - 12am: 1.5x

 

Next Day (Sat):

12am - 12 pm: 1.5x

 
2 3 Friday - Saturday PM

12am - 12 pm: 1.5x

12pm - 12am: 1.5x

 

Next Day (Sat):

12am - 12 pm: 1.5x

12pm- 12 am: 2x

 
2 4 Saturday - Sunday

12am - 12 pm: 1.5x

12pm - 12am: 2x

Next Day whole day (Sun): 2x

 
2 5 Sunday - Monday

Sun whole day: 2x

Next Day (Mon):

12am - 12 pm: 1.5x

12pm - 12am: 1.5x

 

 
2 6 Holiday - non-Holiday

Holiday Day whole day: 2X

Next Day (non holiday)
12am - 12 pm: 1.5x

12pm - 12am: 1.5x

 
2 7 Normal day - Holiday

12am - 12 pm: 1.5x

12pm - 12am: 1.5x

 

Next Day Holiday whole day : 2x
2 8 Holiday - Holiday 2x for current and next day (Whole Day)
2 9 Holiday - Holiday on a Saturday 2x for current and next day (Whole Day)
2 10 Normal day - Holiday on a Saturday

12am - 12 pm: 1.5x

12pm - 12am: 1.5x

 

Next Day Holiday whole day : 2x
2 11 Saturday - Holiday on a Sunday

12am - 12 pm: 1.5x

12pm - 12am: 2x

Next Day whole day (Holiday): 2x

 
2 12 Sunday - Holiday on a Monday

2X whole day

2x Next day (whole day for Holiday)

 

 

This feature is also available as a new upgrade item.

General enhancements



 

Custom Project based recording in time sheet.


Support time records with project assignment for users via custom MDFs. This is the idea presented in the blog by Volker . We are automating this in best practices so that you don’t have to set that up from scratch.

This is part of Best Practices for Time Sheet Core Setup

 

Workflow email notifications


 

Currently the standard workflow email notifications  does not contain any time related tokens/tags which sometimes makes it confusing for end users to understand the context of the leave.

Upon a workflow action, such as initiation, approval, and rejection, workflow participants receive email notifications. To define these notifications, standard templates can be used or custom templates can be defined with Document Generation. Document Generation allows you to tailor-make templates with additional tokens for different roles and various workflow actions. As part of 2H 2023 and if you activate this feature,  you will get workflow email templates for time off/time sheet requests, which you can then assign to the relevant Time Off/Time Sheet workflows in your instance.

 

An example of such a notification would be


 

This is also available for upgrade centre for both Time Off and Time Sheet.  This would improve the Usability or the UX part of solution immensely.



 

Rest Rules in Time Tracking


Rest rules were already patched as part of 1H 2023. In case you did not see it, its also available now in 2H 2023. This is part of TIme tracking core upgrade

 

Effective Dated Time Profile adaption


 

All time profiles delivered as part of best practices will be adapted as effective dated profiles from 2H 2023 as the effective dated platform for time profiles would be GA to all customers

 

Clock In Clock Out Automation


 

With 2H 2023, we built new best practices APIs or services to automate the much-needed Clock In Clock out solutions (CICO)

Before 2H 2023, everything on CICO like roles, CICO Time event Types, CICO groups, Time Type Derivations, CICO settings etc had to be setup manually which was a bit time consuming

But the good news is that we have automated all of the above configurations and you would basically get them in a matter of minutes via upgrade centre

Example the following are some of the configurations from CICO which  are now fully automated



 

You can activate these sample values using Upgrade centre.


 

This is it for 2H 2023. We also have interesting features and localizations lined up for 1H 2024. So stay tuned for my blogs

For any feedback/questions on this, please leave a comment on the blog below

I wish you good luck with your implementations

Thanks

Neelesh

 

 
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