In some countries, legal requirement mandates to have additional gender values in addition to male and female. With 2020 H2 release, standard Gender Field (gender-country-specific) is available in Employee Central Global Information HRIS element specific to a country or region as an opt-in feature .
Pre-defined picklist for country specific values are available along with validation rules and messages for Germany and India in SAP Help portal.
This release covers Germany and India.
Similar solution can be implemented for other countries by including the standard field in the respective country’s global information and by creating a custom picklist with specific values valid for the country. Delivered validation rules can also be adapted for other countries.
Replication is also supported for downstream SAP HCM ERP system. While replicating the data from Employee Central to the SAP ERP HCM system or Employee Central Payroll system, the value is picked up from Global Information. If the value is not present in Global Information, then it is taken from Personal Information.
SAP HCM ERP system needs to be adapted so that replication works as desired. Before 2020 H2 release, a person’s gender was saved in their personal data (infotype 0002) automatically depending on the entry in the Form of Address field. The enhancement to the gender attributes means that this automated process is no longer possible. The form of address that was previously defined as a required entry field becomes an optional field and an entry is therefore no longer mandatory.
Previously, the form of address and gender assignment were defined using the view T522G (Title Keys). Two new Customizing tables(views) V_T77PAD_FRMADDR (Form of Address) and V_T77PAD_522GM (Default Value for Gender) are now available for these settings. These replace the previous table.
The complete solution approach is available in the Implementation Design Principle document Employee Central Recognizing Gender Diversity (sap.com)
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