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2264518 - Time Off Error - Start Date Of The Leave Should Be Working Day, Please Change The Start Date Of Leave


When user is trying to apply leave on non working day system is giving an error message ( i.e Start date of the leave should be working day , Please change the start date of leave).

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Success factors - Employee central Time off


  • The System will always check the workschedule when user is trying to apply a leave.

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  • If you have configured saturday and sunday ( Not only saturday & Sunday ,it is applicable to to any non-working day, i.e., Holidays) as non-working days in workschedule, the system will throw an error message while trying to apply leave on non-working day(s).


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For Example: 

  • In the work schedule the days Saturday and Sunday are defined as non-working days.
  • The calculation based on calendar days, influences only the deduction of the balance not on applying leave.
  • If you select a complete week, the deduction with calculation type='calculation based on calendar days, will be 7 days.
  • With calculation type 'calculation cased on "work-schedule " the deduction will be 5 days. 


  • This is expected system behaviour because, the system will look at work schedule when user requests leave, not the calendar days.
  • Calendar days will only influence calculation of the absence request days.
  • In order to have leave applied on non-working days, set the field "Requesting on Non-Working Days Allowed" in the Time Type to 'Yes'.


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