Human Resources: Main Developments in Release 4.0A Overview of New Developments in Payroll Accounting

Overview of New Developments in Payroll Accounting

The Payroll Accounting application component includes numerous developments applicable to all country versions.

Restructuring of the Application Component Hierarchy

The Application Component Hierarchy (ACH) and the Implementation Guide (IMG) for Payroll Accounting were restructured to simplify procedures and process flows.

European Monetary Union

Currencies in the Payroll Accounting application component are no longer determined using the company code table (T001). Instead, currencies are defined by a new, HR-specific currency table (T500C) that is time-dependent. The introduction of this function guarantees flexible payroll accounting in line with the requirements of the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).

Payroll Log

The payroll driver features a newly developed log. Complex calculations process large quantities of data during a payroll run. Logging the program flow assists in testing Customizing settings during the introductory phase, and in analyzing and troubleshooting during regular payroll runs. The new design of the log interface affords a clear presentation of payroll procedures, and simplifies analysis.

Cluster Directory for Payroll Results

Cluster directory enhancements previously only available to the USA, Canada and Japan, are now available in all country versions. Conversion takes place through XPRA RPU40ACD.


Archiving of HR payroll data is a new function introduced with this release. The HR Archiving transaction (PU22) files archiving objects from payroll results (PA_CALC) and time evaluation results (PA_TIME). HR Archiving ensures consistent datasets in HR Personnel Time Management and Payroll Accounting through user guidance and plausibility checks. The system automatically considers retroactive accounting limits, component integration and legal provisions for Switzerland, Spain and Germany. Customizing settings are not required.

Absence Valuation

Customizing for Absence Valuation was simplified with the introduction of day rules and clear table maintenance.

Incentive Wages

Incentive Wages features the following developments:

In the standard system, actual costs are debited from the sender cost center, and at the same time credited to the employee's master cost center.
In the event of retroactive accounting, it is now possible to print subsequent time tickets with retroactive accounting differences using the Remuneration Statements report (RPCEDTx0).
Wage types for incentive wages are now maintained in logical views.


The HR form editor is located in Customizing. It is a tool used to structure forms for diverse applications. Compared to the old procedure for maintaining views (still supported by the system), the HR form editor affords numerous advantages for implementation. For example, all HR forms are now stored in a form directory. Each form in this directory is assigned a form class as well as technical characteristics.

Payroll Accounting forms can now also be displayed in alternative currencies.

Posting to Accounting

The interface for posting payroll results to accounting was redesigned. Data selection and the selection of posting documents now takes place in a separate report that creates a posting run and reporting document for posting. The transaction Edit run (PCPO) streamlines further processing of posting runs and posting documents. The changes support accurate posting as well as simplify procedures.

Country-Specific Changes in Payroll Accounting

In addition to the aforementioned developments, Release 4.0A includes numerous country-specific developments.


Functional enhancements to the net part:

Changes in payroll accounting for authorities and institutions:


The following changes were made to Customizing:


The following changes and enhancements were incorporated into Payroll Accounting for Switzerland:


The following functions were added to Payroll Accounting for Germany:


The following enhancements were incorporated into Payroll Accounting for Spain:


Payroll Accounting for France was extended by the following functions:

Great Britain

The following new functions were included in Payroll Accounting for Great Britain:

Changes were made to the following functions:


Enhancements were made to the following functions:


Payroll Accounting for Japan includes the following functional developments:

The following functions were enhanced:


Payroll Accounting for Malaysia supports the following functions:

New Zealand

New Zealand has a new country version comprising the following payroll functions:


Payroll Accounting for Singapore supports the following functions:


Payroll Accounting for the USA includes the following developments:

South Africa

Payroll Accounting for South Africa supports the following developments: