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2080833 - Runtime Error when Terminating a Manager - Employee Central


  • Receiving a Runtime Exception Error when Terminating a manager. 
  • When the final approver tries to approve the termination request, they get a Runtime Exception error:

Remote Exception: RuntimeException; nested exception is: Remote Exception: Remote Exception: null; nested exception is: java.lang.NullPointerException

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  • SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite
  • Employee Central


  • Validation occurs when updating the employee records, similar to change the employee record directly.
  • If an error occurs while updating the direct report records, it will likely prevent the manager termination.


  • The cause of this type of an issue may be due to the missing Personal Information of one of the Direct Reports or more.
  • Once the missing Personal Information for the Direct report is completed, then it is possible to Terminate the manager. 
  • During Termination of the manager, the Direct Reports name is not displayed, as shown below.
  • This means the Direct Report is missing required Personal Information.


  1. First fill in the Personal Information for the direct Report:


  1. The Direct report’s name will be displayed:


  1.  Then if try to terminate the manager. It will be successful:



Manager Termination, SF, success factors, run time error , KBA , LOD-SF-EC-TER , Termination Details , Problem


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