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Looking to learn something new about wage types? Look no further.

by Margaret Hein

October 12, 2011

Here’s a quick tip from Owen McGivney about configuring flag wage types to accept zero.

by M.S. Hein, HR Expert 

This excerpt (below) is from the HR Expert article Quick Tip: Configure a Payroll Flag Wage Type that Accepts a Zero Value,” by Owen McGivney, published October 2011.

In the newest HR expert article by Owen McGivney of HCMWorks, posted online at HR Expert on October 12, 2011, Owen discusses new methods for how you can configure a wage type that accepts zero values and has a reason code.

In this section of his article, Owen discusses how to figure out if the flag wage type absence is intentional or not.


Typically the flag or trigger wage type is input on the recurring or additional payments infotypes (0014 and 0015) so that an amount “= 1” indicates that the employee is a member of the scheme, and the absence of a wag e type indicates that the employee is not a member of the scheme. The problem with this is that it is difficult to know whether the absence of the wage type really means that the employee is not in the scheme, or whether this has just been an oversight or accidentally deleted.

I show how to overcome this by configuring a wage type that accepts a zero value and adding a specific reason code (e.g., membership expired), to make this a more comprehensive and less error-prone solution. Figures 1 and 2 show how a wage type can be configured to clearly show membership or non-membership of such a scheme, with an associated reason code.

Figure 1 Infotype 0014 screen showing a zero value wage type for an employee excluded from a scheme with the accompanying reason code

Figure 2 Infotype 0014 screen for an employee included in a scheme

Follow these steps to configure a wage type to accept a zero value:


(If you are already a subscriber to HR Expert, you can read the complete article here:Quick Tip: Configure a Payroll Flag Wage Type that Accepts a Zero Value,”

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