SAP Note Changes Benefits and Payroll Integration

  • by Clay Molinari, SAP HR Consultant, C&C Savant, Inc.
  • July 15, 2004
SAP Note 618573 corrects two problems with deductions that occur when you use DATES parameter LAST. Learn how deductions using DATES parameter LAST are now calculated.
Key Concept
The payroll and benefits integration functions (one for each benefits infotype named Pnnnn) use a parameter called DATES to control the selection of deduction evaluation dates. SAP note 618573 makes a subtle adjustment to the manner in which benefit deduction amounts are calculated when DATES parameter value LAST is used. It corrects two problems with deductions that occurred when you used DATES parameter LAST.

The May 2003 issue of HR Expert contained my article, “Payroll and Benefits Integration: Understanding Evaluation Dates.” Shortly after that issue was published, SAP released SAP note 618573. The note included a subtle adjustment to the manner in which benefit deduction amounts are calculated when the DATES parameter LAST is used. The change does not affect processing for the other values of the DATES parameter, BEG, END, CHK, BEGT, FRST and PER. This update explains how benefit deductions using DATES parameter LAST are now being calculated.

SAP note 618573 was created to correct two problems that happened when using DATES parameter LAST. The first problem was that a change of benefit plan caused both plans to calculate a deduction in the same pay period even if the two plans were of the same type. For example, employees who changed from the PPO medical plan to the Indemnity medical plan would have full-period deductions for both plans taken from their paychecks. The note corrected this problem such that only the last infotype record of each plan type valid in a pay period is considered for deductions. This change corrected a flaw in the original design, but it did not change the basic functionality of benefit deductions.

Clay Molinari

Clay Molinari has 20 years of experience in the IT industry and has been working as an SAP HR consultant since 1997. He is currently president of C&C Savant, Inc., an SAP consulting firm that specializes in combining standard SAP configuration and custom ABAP programming to help its clients solve unique or complicated requirements.

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