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2295729 - Name Format: Changing the Name Format Assigned to Legal Entity will not dynamically update Formal Name for Employees


After changing the Name Format assigned to a Legal Entity, it is not propagated to Formal Name field in employee's Personal Information.

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SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central

Reproducing the Issue

After changing the name format assigned to a Legal Entity:

  1. Go to Admin Center > Manage Data;
  2. Search for Legal Entity and select the desired Legal Entity;
  3. Select Take Action > Make Correction;
  4. Change the Name Format assigned:


After changing the Name Format assigned to the Legal Entity, employees in the Legal Entity do not have their Formal Name updated to the new format:

  1. Navigate to the Personal Information of an employee in that Legal Entity;
  2. View that the Formal Name has not updated to the new Name Format:




If the Name Format is updated on the Legal Entity, then it must be manually changed in the Employee’s Personal Information, for existing employees.


  1. Select an impacted employee,
  2. Edit their Personal Information,
  3. Remove the Formal Name maintained, leaving the field empty and save:


  4. After saving or approving workflows if configured, the Formal Name field will be updated automatically with the new selected Name Format:

See Also

  • 2274066 - How to use Name Format functionality in Employee Central
  • 2297189 - Name Format: Where in the UI is Name Format Respected?


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