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Release Highlights April 2019 – SAP Best Practices for SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central

Dear SAP SuccessFactors Community,

It’s time again to share the latest scope enhancements and updates on SAP Best Practices for SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central. The first release of the year was a very big one and I’m excited to share with you the enhancements of our pre-defined business configuration, hope you like them as much as I do ?

Let’s look at our localized country versions first. You may know that each localized country version comes with the enabled language, currency, date format, further country-specific fields, picklists, validations, and with a sample organizational, employee and pay structures, etc. Depending on the requirements of the countries, we add further country-specific configuration.

To serve our customers in Japan and South Africa, I am happy to announce that we built SAP Best Practices for them. The localized content is packaged as configuration items and can be deployed via SAP Upgrade Center.

The country version for Japan includes localized configuration for EC Core, Dependents Management and the Integration with EC Payroll. Time Off configuration is not yet available, but the team is working hard to make it available with the next release in 1905.

The country version for South Africa includes EC Core, Time Off, Dependents Management and the Integration with EC Payroll. Worth mentioning is certainly that the indirect valuation of pay components is configured as part of EC Core. For Time Off we deliver the configuration for the 3 years sick leave requirement.

Besides those two new localized country versions, we have enhanced the existing ones as well.

Here in brief:

Brazil: Enhanced pre-configurations for EC Core where we added a Business rule where changes of the employee need to be done on the first day of the month. This is relevant for Comp Job Info and Payroll Information.

Canada: EC Core: added country specific pay components, for Time Off: country specific Time Types, added scope items for Dependents Management and Integration with EC Payroll.

Spain: Added Indirect Valuation as part of EC Core, as part of Time Off we enhanced country specific sickness time types, annual leave for working and natural days.

Switzerland: For Switzerland (CH) we enhanced EC Core. In the coming release we plan to deliver Time Off as well as the Integration to ECP.

United States: as pat of EC Benefits for US, we enabled Flexible Spending Account (FSA), FSA Limited, Health Saving Plan, Dependent Care for open enrollment.

With that the scope looks as follows:

You may have recognized that we slightly changed some scope item names and adapted the scope item grouping a little bit. I’m sure it is now even more comprehensive.

One other big major enhancement, I’d like to share is the following. We enabled Document Generation! As part of that we provide the following templates preconfigured:

    • End of Probation Period (available for customers with and without position management)
    • Extension of Fixed Term Contract
    • Extension of Fixed Term Employment (available for customers with and without position management)
    • Employment Verification Letter
    • Statement of Service

Customer can deploy this SAP Best Practices Document Generation on top of EC Core as a separate Configuration Block via SAP Upgrade Center. Once deployed, an HR Administrator can generate these templates either via Actions in Employee File or via Admin Center.

In our Workbooks you can get a more detailed overview of the configuration which we provide. Workbooks can be found on SAP Best Practices Explorer ( To be safe and to not miss any document updates, we started publishing a new document where we note down all document changes. The document is called Latest Document Updates and can be found on package level:

Should you have any feedback, please reach out via e-mail:






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      Author's profile photo Neil de Villiers
      Neil de Villiers

      Hi Julia


      Thank you for the article.

      You mention that you 'provide the following templates preconfigured'

      Where can we find these templates? I cannot find it on rapid.


      Thank you!


      Author's profile photo Julia Quintel
      Julia Quintel
      Blog Post Author

      Dear Neil @neildevilliers,

      the templates are provided as automated configuration block via SAP Upgrade Center.

      If you are deploying SAP Best Practices for EC Core, the pre-defiend templates will be deployed as part of the configuration block "Best Practices Employee Central Core Content". In case EC core is already configured and Document Generation shall be enabled on top you can apply the configuration block "Best Practices for Employee Central Document Generation".

      Please take a look at the Configuration Sequence Document on SAP Best Practices Explorer and make sure to apply the configuration blocks in the right sequence.


      Thanks & best regards,


      Author's profile photo Dorianne Pegram
      Dorianne Pegram

      Hi Julia,

      You mention that the country version for South Africa includes Dependents Management, however, when I open the workbook (BP_SFSF_EC_SFHCM1908_17_Wbook_EC_DepMan_EN_ZA), it states "Currently, no South Africa-specific fields are enabled in SAP Best Practices Dependents Management". Please advise.

      Thanks & Regards, Dorianne



      Author's profile photo Julia Quintel
      Julia Quintel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Dorianne,


      thanks for reaching out. You can still use the Dependents Management Configuration Block for South Africa. What the statement means is that there are no specific fields (only standard) delivered, so in this case you should be fine with the standard configuration provided.

      Best Regards,