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The rules for Chris21 leave accruals must be configured for each of your accruing leave types. The most common of these are annual, long service and sick leave but there could be others depending on your organisation’s requirements. If we look at the common three you will be aware that the leave accrues in a different manner for each, usually due to legislation or other workplace agreements.

You configure Chris21 leave accruals using the Accrual Rules (LVR) form. Fortunately LVR offers many options for configuring accruing leave so you should be able to set yours up to meet your requirements.

If you’re not entirely satisfied with the way your Chris21 leave accruals have been setup it may be that you need to review LVR to determine if there is a better way of configuring your accruing leave. Since leave rules are setup when your Chris21 system is initially implemented, it’s not surprising that this type of review is necessary given that your organisation’s requirements for accruing leave may change over the years.

You also know it’s time to review your leave accruals if you are spending time manually adjusting leave to make sure it is calculated correctly. LVR, when set up correctly, will be able to accurately calculate each of your accruing leave types.

Before you make any changes to your accrual rules you need to have a good understanding of all of the functionality and how to use it.

An important note: be careful when changing your accrual rules setup because it will recalculate employee leave balances. It’s always advisable to make changes in your test system and check that the results are what you want before making any changes in your production system.

Below is a screenshot of the Chris21 Leave Accruals (LVR) form:

Chris21 leave accruals

This is the typical setup for Sick leave accrual. In this example, Sick leave will accrue at 12 days per year. This will accrue in advance on 1st July and happen once per year. You define this using the following fields:

Chris21 leave accruals

Type is Advance, Days is the number of days of leave that is accrued, Period and Units is the period to elapse before the next entitlement is due. So from the example above you can see that Sick leave will accrue at 12 days once per year. Also that this accrual will be in advance, in other words, the 12 days accrued will be for the following 12 months. The other important setting here is the Entitlement Time. This is where you define the particular day that the entitlement is to be granted. If you leave this blank then the entitlement will be granted on the Service Start date for each employee.

The previous example was a very straightforward configuration. But what about a more complicated scenario such as long service leave? This is a good example of leave that will accrue differently depending on years of service.

For instance, a requirement for long service leave might be to accrue seven days per year for the first seven years. However, the entitlement is not granted until seven years service has been completed. After this time, leave will accrue at 15 days per year and the entitlement will be granted at the end of each completed year’s service. In this case, we need two LVR records to configure Chris21 to correctly calculate the accrual:

Chris21 leave accruals

This is the first LVR record where the Period Length is set to seven years.  After an employee has completed seven years service the entitlement of 63 days will be granted. Type is Service, meaning the entitlement will be granted on the employee’s Service Start anniversary. Period and Unit is 7 years. Therefore the 63 days will become an entitlement after seven years service has been completed.

A second LVR record must be created to continue accruing long service leave after the first seven years:

Chris21 leave accruals

The second LVR record will continue accruing long service leave at 15 days per year and this will be added to the entitlement at the end of each completed year of service.

You can add more LVR records to a leave type if the accrual rules are more complicated.

In my next blog I will describe the other important part of Chris21 leave accruals configuration. Namely, how an accrual will be displayed in employee leave balances. For instance, do you want the accrual to be displayed daily, weekly, monthly or on the anniversary of the Service Start date?

I mentioned earlier in this article that care must be taken when changing established accrual rules. This is because a change will cause Chris21 to recalculate the accrued leave for affected employees from their service start date. Therefore, a change could cause an increase or a decrease in the associated leave balances for employees. If this is the case, leave adjustments using the Adjustments (LVA) form may be required. You can contact me if you need more advice about this. Or leave a comment so that I can share the answer with other readers.