Export your timesheet information in one easy file for direct import into Chris21

Integration format: DAT file

The Chris21 integration allows you to speed up and increase the accuracy of payroll processing by enabling the export of staff hours (as set up in your Ento awards) in a file format that can be directly read and imported by Chris21.


Initial setup

The Chris21 integration can be added to your account by navigating to Add-Ons > Chris21.

Export options are set within the add-on edit screen:

Name: The name of the integration that will appear in your list of export options when exporting pay cycle data.

Hours per day: The number of hours that Ento will advise Chris21 is in a working day.

Cost account code: This option allows the area/location/store ID’s set up in Ento to be exported to the ‘cost account’ field in the Chris21 export file. This can be included for all staff timesheets, or only those hours that were worked outside of the staff primary cost account.

Account number: Allows the use of the Ento area/location/role in the ‘Account’ field rather than the ‘Cost Centre’ field if necessary.


Configuring Ento to communicate with Chris21

To ensure that the export file created by Ento can be imported and read by your Chris21 system successfully and without errors, you’ll need to ensure that:

  • All staff IDs in Ento all match those of your Chris21 setup
  • Each earning rate in your Ento Awards have a earning rate ID that matches a corresponding pay element in Chris21
  • Each earning rate has a ‘Chris21 Shift Type’ field under ‘Custom Data’ that is set to either ‘Automatic’, ‘Shift’, or ‘Leave’, depending on it’s use.
  • Each leave type in Ento has an ID that matches a corresponding pay element in Chris21

This should all be set up during your Ento implementation, so for any future changes or additions, it’s advised to chat to Ento Support for assistance.


Exporting timesheets as part of a pay run

Once you’re ready to send timesheet data to Chris21, simply navigate to Payroll & Leave > Pay cycles and click ‘Export’ next to the pay cycle in question.

Choose the ‘Chris21’ export type and it’ll display information relating to the processing of data, before allowing you to download the file that you can use for importing.


Help using Chris21

For assistance with your Chris21 system, including importing timesheet files, please contact the Chris21 support team or your Chris21 account manager.


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