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3287884 - MDF Workflow : Behavior when Multiple business rules Exist on the Object


  • You have 2 Rules to Trigger a Workflow on a MDF Object (Eg. Time off) : Rule 1 that meets a specific criteria and Rule 2 is a catch-all rule.
  • On the Rule trace, you notice both the rules meet the criteria and the Second Rule seems to be superseding the first rule.
  • This is preventing the Workflow in the first rule to be skipped.


  • SAP SuccessFactors HXM Suite
  • SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central


This is an Expected Behavior with the MDF Objects.


  • The workflow rules set a field at an MDF object. If the first rule already set the field, the second rule will overwrite the value of the field, this is the expected behavior.
  • To solve this issue, please try to combine both rules into one rule.
  • Another Workaround would be to add a check in the second rule, if Workflow Configuration is still null and only set the value like in the snapshot below :


SF, EC, Success factors, Employee Central, Multiple Workflows, EmployeeTime , KBA , LOD-SF-EC-TIM-WAN , Workflows - Alerts - Notifications , LOD-SF-MDF-WFL , Custom Object based Workflows , Problem


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