June 12, 2020 - Help is on the way. Oracle assistance for COVID preparation.

On March 27th, 2020 The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. There is over $2 trillion of economic relief targeted to US citizens and business. There are some specific attributes of this act that are targeted to many businesses that are Oracle customers from a HR, Payroll and Benefits perspective. Below, we will review information from My Oracle Support (MOS), in an attempt to uncover support that Oracle has provided to accommodate the CARES act. The primary beneficiaries from these updates are customers that have Absence Management, Leave and Payroll.

Help is on the way

Although the CARES Act is specific to the United States, there are many of countries that have provided legislative support for Oracle customers because of COVID-19. Please review below for detail on how Oracle is supporting other countries with COVID-19 related updates.

Oracle has provided patches, recommendations and support for COVID 19 legislative updates for both Oracle HCM Cloud and EBS HCM. The patches provide updates to the legislative reports that were amended to accommodate COVID reporting requirements. There is configuration (absences, elements, etc.) that cannot be updated by patch. Configuration items, such as elements, absence types and absences, may need to be manually created, modified or replaced to accommodate COVID statutory reporting. The documents from Oracle Support provide recommendations for configuration updates.

The HCM Cloud updates are more comprehensive versus the EBS updates in terms of both functionality and countries supported. The specific functional areas that have patches are Absence Management for both the United Kingdom and the United States, Core Human Resources and Oracle Cloud Payroll. The countries that Oracle Payroll supports have the appropriate updates provided. There is some payroll supported legislations that will receive technical updates at a later, undetermined date.

The EBS COVID patches are limited to EBS Payroll and Absence Management for the United States.

A summary of the updates is provided below. My Oracle Support (MOS) documents for both EBS and HCM Cloud.

  • E-Business Suite (EBS) – COVID-19 (Doc ID 2651979.2)
  • Fusion Human Capital Management – COVID-19 (Doc ID 2650274.2)

HCM Cloud support documents with summaries

Functional Areas for Support

Category: Absence Management including expanded rules FMLA (US)
Audience: Absence administrators

Category: Canada legislative updates
Audience: Payroll managers

Category: China legislative updates
Audience: Payroll managers

Category: India legislative updates
Audience: N/A

  • Updates not currently available. There’s no guidance provided by Oracle regarding this legislation.

Category: Kuwait legislative updates
Audience: Payroll managers

  • Under the new legislation issued on April 18th, 2020, Social Insurance employer contributions payments will be deferred from April 1st – October 1st 2020. This is only applicable to private and oil sectors (not fully state owned).
  • The legislative details are available on the PIFSS website.

Category: Mexico legislative updates
Audience: Payroll managers

  • COVID-19 updates for this localization are not yet available. Please check on a regular basis for new updates.

Category: Qatar legislative updates
Audience: Payroll managers

  • COVID-19 updates for this localization are not yet available. Please check on a regular basis for new updates.

Category: Saudi Arabia legislative updates
Audience: Payroll managers

  • COVID-19 updates for this localization are not yet available. Please check on a regular basis for new updates.

Category: United Arab Emirates legislative updates
Audience: Payroll managers

  • COVID-19 updates for this localization are not yet available. Please check on a regular basis for new updates.

Category: United Kingdom legislative updates
Audience: Human Resources, Leave Administrators and Payroll managers

Category: United States legislative updates
Audience: Payroll managers

EBS Payroll COVID support

Information Center for E-Business Suite (EBS) – COVID-19 (Doc ID 2651979.2)

https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocumentDisplay?_afrLoop=283381704312172&parent=DOCUMENT&sourceId=2650274.2&id=2651979.2&_afrWindowMode=0&_adf.ctrl-state=ql3xm0fig_208

Conclusion

In Conclusion the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was put into place to provide economic relief targeted to US citizens and business. This blog served to make you aware of some specific attributes of this act that are targeted to many businesses that are Oracle customers from a HR, Payroll and Benefits perspective. Please reach out to me or Apps with any questions.

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