Wednesday Jun 10, 2015

News for Oracle HRMS (Japanese) Users: 'My Number Act’

Are you wondering how Oracle HRMS (Japanese) will address the new 'My Number Act’?  Read on!

As per the new Japanese legislation, a new ID number system is required to be used in administrative procedures in Japan. The so-called ‘My Number Act’ is scheduled to be launched in January 2016. Japan will start assigning numbers to its citizens in October 2015.

This new ID number system will have some impact on Oracle's Japanese Human Resources and/or Payroll products, and we want you to be aware of how Oracle will address this legislative change. 

As such, Oracle Development has released a whitepaper:  E-Business Suite HRMS (Japan) My Number Act 2016 Position Statement (Doc ID 2016828.1).  Please go to My Oracle Support to read the document, so that you can be informed on how Oracle HRMS for Japan delivers these changes.

If you have any questions, please log a new Service Request with the Oracle HRMS (Japanese) team.

Thursday May 28, 2015

Webcast: Oracle Learning Management - Content Server Setup

Oracle HCM Advisor Webcast Program - June 2015

What:   Oracle Learning Management (OLM) Content Sever Setup

When:  Wednesday June 3, 2015 at 08:00 UK / 09:00 CET / 12:30 India / 17:00 Australia

This one-hour advisor webcast is recommended for functional users with a technical background, technical users, system administrators, Database Administrators, etc. who are planning to integrate the OLM Content Server in an E-Business Suite  Environment. 

Topics Included:

    Installation of web server
   Configuration of Content Server
   Setup from Learning Administrator
   Q & A

Details & Registration:  OLM Content Server Setup (DocID 2002215.1)

If you have any question about the schedules or if you have a suggestion for an Advisor Webcast to be planned in future, please send an E-Mail to Ruediger Ziegler

Tuesday Jan 20, 2015

Attention: 2015 Legislative Patches Released for The Netherlands

For Dutch localization we have released three patches for all legislative changes effective as of 1 January 2015.

Legislative updates 2015

Tax Table Updates 2015 for the tax calculations 2015
Legal Minimum Wage Changes effective from January 2015
Effective from 2014 all residents of NL will have BSN

These changes are included in the following patches:

Dutch Payroll Wage Report

Legislative updates on the content of the report. These changes are included in the following patches:
The above patches also include the changes delivered in patch 20119511:R12.

Pension fund ABP & PGGM updates

Based on new legislation 2015 (NL: Witteveen) we have adjusted the pension fund calculations for the seeded ABP and PGGM pension funds. These changes are included in the following patches:

The above patches also include the changes delivered in patch 20172452:R12

For Release 12.2 there is only one patch : Patch 20279973:R12.PAY.C - Legislative Changes - ABP & PGGM Calculation Changes 2015

More details about these legislative patches can be found in Note 1952276.1 - Netherlands : Legislative Updates for 2015 .

Friday Aug 22, 2014

Announcing Oracle Mobile Timecards for Oracle E-Business Suite, Release 12.1 and Release 12.2

Oracle E-Business Suite Development is pleased to announce the availability of Oracle Mobile Timecards for Oracle E-Business Suite iPhone application.  With this new mobile app, users can record time on the go, and quickly submit timecards to ensure that downstream processes like Payroll, Projects Costing and Vendor Settlements are executed on time. Key features include:

  • Enter time day-wise for easy time booking
  • Enter time in Quick Time or Regular Time modes
  • Support Payroll and Projects based time entry
  • Aggregate day-wise entries into timecard periods
  • Submit and view timecards while on the go

Oracle Mobile Timecards for Oracle E-Business Suite is currently available on OS, and Android availability is planned. It is available to Oracle E-Business Suite customers as part of an existing Oracle Time and Labor product license; no new "mobile" license is required.

Download Availability

You can download Oracle E-Business Suite Smartphone Applications directly from the Apple Store and run them on Oracle Business Suite 12.1.3 or 12.2.3 – the same client-side code runs with either release:

iTunes link:

 For each app, an administrator performs a simple, one-time ennoblement using server-side patches. For deployment instructions, see Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Apps, Release 12.1 and 12.2 Documentation (Note 1641772.1).

Demo Availability  

Support for demo-ING in GS environments will be available shortly. A demo preview of Oracle Mobile Timecards for Oracle E-Business Suite is available here.

Configured Layouts on Mobile Timecards

Note.1671889.1 Mobile Timecard Layout Configuration Whitepaper for OTL Mobile Time Entry

Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

HCM: Introducing the 'HCM Person Analyzer' for EBS Human Capital Management

HCM Product Support is introducing the HCM Person Analyzer - an Analyzer/Data Collection tool to assist in displaying information for a specific person or multiple persons.  The information can be used by both customers and Oracle Support to analyze and troubleshoot issues for a person and their related HCM data (including assignments, elements, periods of service, etc). 

The analyzer provides similar information currently gathered from Diagnosing Oracle HCM Person Issues Using Doc ID 168181.1 but in an HTML format.  

 Additional benefits of the HCM Person Analyzer include:

  • Parameter driven, so can be executed for a single person_id  or multiple person_ids
  • Ability to execute the analyzer at any time 
  • Can be setup as concurrent request


This is the initial delivery of the analyzer.  Over time, we expect to release enhanced versions of the script which identify potential data issues and highlight My Oracle Support (MOS) articles which can be used to resolve an issue.   

The Analyzer is a PL*Sql script which can be run for all supported application versions (11i, 12.0, 12.1, 12.2) and provides the following types of information:

  • Instance, database and installation details
  • Patching status
  • Person complete information
  • Common Information


To obtain the HCM Person Analyzer, go to

EBS Human Capital Management (HCM) Person Analyzer Doc ID 1675487.1

When reviewing the analyzer output, you can immediately see complete person(s) information.

Instructions on how this Analyzer can be set up as a concurrent request so that functional users will have the ability to run the Analyzer as required are available in:

How to run Human Capital Management (HCM) Person Analyzer as a Concurrent Request. Doc ID 1675488.1

Monday Jun 23, 2014

Important Announcement for Oracle EBS HRMS (Netherlands) Users!

The following patches have been released via MyOracleSupport: 

Release 12.0 Patch 18789871:R12.PAY.A
Release 12.1 Patch 18789871:R12.PAY.B
Release 12.2 Patch 18789871:R12.PAY.C

 The following legislative changes for Oracle EBS HRMS (Netherlands) Users are included in the patch: 

1. Discount hiring young employee effective from July 2014
In Dutch localization, as of 1-July-2014, an employer can receive a discount when hiring new young employees from a previous unemployment or disability situation. The discount must be calculated on a periodic basis and reported in the Wage Report. This patch delivers a new element 'Discount for Hiring Young Employees' which can be attached to the employees for the eligible period.

2. Legal Minimum Wage Changes effective from July 2014
To comply with the legislative changes for Legal Minimum Wages effective 01-Jul-2014, this patch modifies the values of the predefined user table NL_LEGAL_MINIMUM_WAGES effective from 01-Jul-2014.

NOTE: There are Post Install Steps which need to be run after patch installation. Doc ID 1603678.1 - Netherlands : Legislative Updates for 2014 has important installation, setup instructions and guidelines.

The following MyOracleSupport notes have been updated: 

Netherlands : Legislative Updates for 2014 (Doc ID 1603678.1)
Netherlands Payroll Mandatory Patches Release 12.0 (Doc ID 552364.1)
Netherlands Payroll Mandatory Patches Release 12.1 (Doc ID 863866.1)
Netherlands Payroll Mandatory Patches Release 12.2 (Doc ID 1626273.1)

If you encounter any issues with these patches, please raise a Service Request via My Oracle Support with Oracle Payroll Support.

Thursday Jun 05, 2014

Oracle HCM User Group (OHUG) 2014

We Have Your Answers at the Oracle Support Central for Oracle E-Business Suite.

Bring your toughest questions to Support Central and meet an Oracle Support expert to get your answers! Don’t miss your opportunity to spend focused time working with a Support Engineer or Manager one-on-one.

Support Engineers: Here to Help You Succeed

Let us help you solve problems without having to log an SR. We can help you streamline and simplify your daily operations or reduce your risks. We can show you how to maximize up-time and lower your organizations costs through preventative maintenance. Learn about Oracle HCM Cloud, or our new tools and processes that get you answers faster, such as analyzers and patch wizards. Check out the Product Information Centers, Newsletters, and My Oracle Support searches tips and tricks.

Stop by and meet a Support Engineer that you may have worked with on a past Service Request. Get an explanation for a product area that you may have more questions on. Oracle Support is ready to help you with the Oracle HCM applications that you rely on to run your business.

Support Central: HCM Support Leadership Here for You

The Oracle Support Central is open Tuesday through Thursday.  We have a Support Leadership team of managers here to discuss your crucial milestones or your intentions to upgrade or configuring Oracle HCM products. We can provide heightened monitoring and engagement for a successful milestone. We are here for any ad-hoc account reviews that you would like to initiate on your OHUG trip.

Location: Las Vegas: Mirage: Montego A

Contact: Gregory Clark or Carole Black   

Tuesday Jun 03, 2014

HRMS Release Update Pack 7 for Release 12.1 - Patch 18004477 Released

We are pleased to announce that Patch 18004477 HRMS Release Update Pack 7 for Release 12.1 was released on May 30, 2014.

Please refer to the following notes for more details about 12.1 HRMS RUP7:

Doc ID 1645859.1 Oracle Human Resources Management Systems Readme, HRMS Release Update Pack 7 for Release 12.1

Doc ID 1636758.1 Known Issues on Top of Patch 18004477 - R12.HR_PF.B.DELTA.7

Please review the following extremely important patching notes:

Doc ID 135266.1 Oracle HRMS Productive Family - Release 11i and Release 12
Doc ID 145837.1 Latest HRMS (HR Global) Legislative Data Patch Available
Doc ID 140511.1 How to Install Legislative Data Using Data Installer and hrglobal.drv
Doc ID 158275.1 Troubleshooting Guide for HRMS Post Install Steps
Doc ID 300097.1 HRGLOBAL Basics
Doc ID 276928.1 Requirements for Address Validation with HR Only Installation
Doc ID 161818.1 Oracle Database (RDBMS) Releases Support Status Summary

INDIA Legislation: New State 'Telangana' Added in IN_STATES System Lookup

With effect from June 02, 2014 the new state of Telangana will be operational in the Indian Union.
Details of the new state are explained in the official gazette released on 1 March, 2014 by the Ministry of Home Affairs:

This new State has been added in the IN_STATES System Lookup: a new lookup code 'TG' with meaning 'Telangana' has been added.

For available patches on different R12 patch levels check out: Doc ID 1676224.1 New State Telangana Be Added In IN_STATES System Lookup.

Friday Mar 28, 2014

Australia: Workplace Gender Equality Reporting

From the 2013-14 reporting period, the requirements of the 'Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012' (Act) will be fully operational. Employers will be required to complete and submit online:

  • A workplace profile showing the composition of their workforce by gender; employment status; standardized occupational categories for managers and non–managers; for managers, their reporting level to the CEO; and remuneration data for managers and non-managers
  • The reporting questionnaire covering standardized reporting matters under the six gender equality indicator

Reporting period

The reporting period is the 12 month period from 1 April to 31 March annually and reports are due between 1 April and 31 May.

Who needs to report?

All non-public sector employers with 100 or more employees (relevant employers) are required to report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) annually.
If a relevant employer’s number of employees falls below 100, it must continue to report until its number of employees’ falls below 80.

For more information on reporting requirements and how to submit online please refer to the following website;


Oracle has released the following patch, which includes functionality for meeting the Workplace Gender Reporting requirement for Australia:

A whitepaper has also been released and is available on My Oracle Support outlining the setup and use of this feature.

Tuesday Jan 07, 2014

Mark Your Calendars for January HCM Webcasts


The various HCM Support teams have announced six upcoming webcasts for January 2104.  Join us for these webcasts on the following topics:

        • HCM Technical Analyzer Script (New) - EMEA Timezone
        • HCM Technical Analyzer Script (New) - US Timezone
        • HCM Global Deployments
        • UK Tax Year End 2013/2014 Seminar
        • OTL Technical Analyzer Script (New) - EMEA Timezone
        • OTL Technical Analyzer Script (New) - US Timezone

See below for more details and how to register.

Webcast: HCM Technical Analyzer Script (New)
EMEA Timezone: January 15, 2014 at 9 am GMT, 10 am Europe, 2:30 pm India

Date: US Timezone: January 15, 2014 at 1 pm Eastern, 11 am Mountain, 10 am Pacific

HCM Proactive Support is announcing a new Intelligent and proactive diagnostics script: "HCM technical Analyzer". The Analyzer / Health Check / Data Collections tool is a PL*Sql script which checks the E-Business Suite environment and, depending on the results, the tool will display diagnostic advice and proactive recommendations. This script will be helpful for both customers and support.


  • Overview of HCM Technical Analyzer
  • Setup and documentation
  • Demo (run from SQL & Concurrent Process)
  • Review the output
  • Exadata and how it relates to SuperCluster
  • Known issues and how to stay up to date on them

Webcast: HCM Global Deployments 
 January 21, 2014 at 8 am Eastern, 1 pm GMT, 2 pm Europe, 6:30 pm India

This session is recommended for technical and functional users who would like to learn more about the Global Deployments functionality in Oracle HCM.


  • Transferring an employee to another Business group
  • Checking the data in both Business groups
  • Returning the employee to his original Business Group

Webcast:  UK Tax Year End 2013/2014 Seminar
 January 22, 2014 at 10:30 am GMT, 11:30 am Europe

This session will highlight the technical and legislative changes affecting the forthcoming tax year end (2013/14) and payroll processing for 2013/14. It will detail new legislation effective from 6th April 2014, including changes to PAYE & NI. This session will also set out the RTI processes for completing the 2013/14 tax year and moving into 2014/15.

Webcast: OTL Technical Analyzer Script (New)
EMEA Timezone: January 22, 2014 at 9 am GMT, 10 am Europe, 2:30 pm India

Date: US Timezone: January 22, 2014 at 1 pm Eastern, 11 am Mountain, 10 am Pacific

This session is recommended for OTL technical/functional implementers and end users who have administrative/setup role on OTL and work service requests with Oracle OTL Support. OTL Product Support is announcing the new Proactive Diagnostics Script: "OTL Analyzer". This script will include many helpful sections including what current OTL_Diag.sql script has been providing in addition to new sections. The script fully scans your OTL Setup, and proactively provides reminders/comments/warnings/errors about areas that might cause potential problems in your environment.


  • Introduction and Benefits of OTL Analyzer
  • Setup Steps
  • Demo (SQL & Concurrent)
  • Exploring the Output
  • References

Further details and links to register for all of these sessions are in Doc ID 1455851.1

Wednesday Dec 11, 2013

Oracle Compensation Workbench: Customizing the Default Download Definition for a Compensation Plan

Many Compensation Workbench administrators require the ability to customize the default download definition at the compensation plan level when downloading the compensation allocation worksheet to an Excel spreadsheet.

Currently, each worksheet manager is required to create their own custom download definition which can lead to inconsistencies and other issues when downloading their allocations data to spreadsheet.

An excellent whitepaper provides a workaround to this issue by documenting the necessary steps to customizing the default download definition for a group compensation plan.  The white paper contains detailed steps, including screenshots.

Check it out!

Doc ID 1589496.1 Oracle Compensation Workbench: Customizing the Default Download Definition for a Compensation Plan

Wednesday Aug 28, 2013

HCM: North America Year End is Just Around the Corner!

Are you ready for Year End? As we all know, Year End is a very busy time of patching, processing, sending out employee tax reports, and governmental filings. Oracle Support and Oracle Development want to help ensure a successful year end for your business.

Timing - The legislative deadlines are still a few months away, but here is a quick reminder of the timing:

 United States

Year End forms are due to all employees by January 31, 2014, followed by Federal and State Filings

 Canada Employee Year End forms and the government Year End Magnetic filings are due at the end of February
 Mexico Various employee reports and government filings are due between January 31st and May 31

Patching Information  - Refer to the following notes for important patching information that you’ll need for Year End.  As a reminder, the current Roll up Patch (RUP) is a mandatory requirement for Year End processing in the Oracle Payroll localizations delivered by Product Development legislations and US Federal HR products.  So you want to be prepared by having the latest RUP patch already tested & applied.

 United States & Canada Doc ID 111499.1 - Oracle North American Payroll - 11.5.x Mandatory Patches
Doc ID 386434.1 - Oracle North American Payroll - 12.0.x Mandatory Patches
Doc ID 858794.1 - Oracle North American Payroll - 12.1.x Mandatory Patches
 Mexico Doc ID 941742.1 - Oracle Mexican Payroll - 12.0.x Mandatory Patches
Doc ID 941673.1 - Oracle Mexican Payroll - 11i.x Mandatory Patches
Doc ID 941743.1 - Oracle Mexican Payroll - 12.1.x Mandatory Patches

Note for R11i users: Please be aware of year end support for each legislation.  As announced in the NA Payroll World:  R11i US and Canadian Payroll customers who are on (and who purchased Extended Support) will be supported through Year End 2014. R11i Mexico Payroll customers are only supported through Year End 2012.

Patching Schedule - Stay tuned for the release of the Year End patches.  Here are the targeted release dates:

US & Canada:

Year End Phase 1 – End of September
Year End Phase 2 – December 15th
Year End Phase 3 – January 15th 

Reference Doc ID 216109.1 Oracle Human Resources (HRMS) Payroll North America Annual Patching Schedule

Mexico (no specific target dates, but here’s the typical schedule we’ve seen over the last few years):

Year End Phase 1 – Mid December
Year Begin – End of December
Year End Phase 2 – End of January

Reference Doc ID 975677.1 Mexico HRMS 2012 Year End Patch Release Schedule

Also refer to the following note from time to time, as it will be updated as new information becomes available:  Doc ID 1577601.1 North American Year End 2013 / 2014 Year Begin Patch Information and Useful Links.

Advisor Webcasts - Again this year, the North America Payroll Team will be hosting the Year End Advisor Webcasts to deliver information to assist you for year end processing.  Once the schedule & topics are finalized, the webcasts will be announced.  In addition, you can view past webcasts that have been archived.   For the current schedule and links to the archives, refer to the following note: 

Doc ID 740966.1 Advisor Webcasts: Current Schedule and Archived Recordings.  

Be sure to check the note frequently for details of upcoming webcasts...don’t miss out!


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