Intended Audience: Time and Labor Self-Service Managers
Topic: Time Administration
Have you ever wondered why you can't immediately approve time after an employee enters it in HR Direct?
If so, the answer is called Time Administration.
Before a manager can approve any reported time, a process called Time Administration needs to run. Time Administration takes the "reported time" and processes it through a rules engine and turns it into "payable time". If there are any errors, they will be stored as exceptions -- those need to be fixed before the employee can be paid for those hours in error.
Example (Student Hourly Employee) - if person reported 9 hours worked in a day, the time administration would convert that to 8 hours at straight time & 1 hour of overtime
Example (Salaried Professional) - if a person reported 4.0 hours Vacation and nothing else, then time administration would move the day into error (exception) as there needs to be an off-setting 3.5 hours of Regular time to make the employee day whole.
UMass managers are only approving time that has been successfully processed by Time Administration and turned into "Payable Time". This process is usually run a couple times per day (See below).
When should I approve time?
The suggested best time to approve is on "Approval Monday". Employees should have reported time by the Sunday following the close of the pay period. Then time administration would have run and is available for the managers to approve all day Monday.
When does Time Administration run?
We run the Time Administration process at Noon and 5:00PM on most days. The process takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. So for example if employee reports time in HR Direct prior to Noon, then it should be available for a manager to approve after 1:30PM.
On the "Approval Monday", the Time Administration Process runs a bit more frequently
- 9:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
- 3:30 PM
- 12:00 AM (Midnight)