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


  • When user is trying to apply leave on non working day system is giving an error message:

Start date of the leave should be working day, Please change the start date of leave.

  • Applying leave to a non-working day in the work schedule causes an error to be thrown.

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  • SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central
  • Time Off


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

Time off request on sunday .PNG

  • If Saturday and Sunday are configured ( 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 when trying to apply leave on those non-working day(s).


Time Type configuration with calendar days .PNG


  • 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 user selects a complete week, the deduction with calculation type='calculation based on calendar days, will be 7 days.
  • With calculation type 'calculation based on "work-schedule " the deduction will be 5 days. 


  • This is expected system behaviour because, the system will look at work schedule when an 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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