Whether a team member regularly works 9-5 Monday to Friday, does early starts alternate weekends, or only works a 15 hour day each week, a work schedule can suggest how many hours to use when creating leave.

Creating a work schedule

To create or edit a staff's work schedule, go to Core HR > People > Staff. Edit the staff record, and go to the Employment details tab.

Under Work schedule, enter the number of hours usually worked each day across a two weekly period, nominate a usual start time for each day, then click Done.


For casuals (who probably have zero ‘ordinary hours’), there is no need to set a work schedule. For full or part time staff who haven never had a custom work schedule created for them, the default work schedule will automatically split their ‘Weekly ordinary hours’ evenly across Monday to Friday, starting at 9am.

Creating and updating work schedules

As well as being created on individual staff records, new work schedules can also be created via file import, using the .CSV template available at Core HR > Account data > Import data > Create new. Select Work schedules as the import Type, download the template from the ‘Click here’ link in the purple bar, update and import.

The Import work schedules article provides information on each field format, and tips on running successful imports.

Changing work schedules

Staff work schedules can be changed on an individual staff profile,  by simply manually creating a new one, or they can be updated using the Staff import template, set to use Update mode only.

To update via import first identify the Work schedule ID, which be viewed on the Rostering > Work schedules page. To find a specific Work schedule ID when you have many, filter for one of the staff currently using it.

To get the .CSV template to update staff details, go to Core HR > Account data > Import data > Create new. Select Staff as the import Type, and download the template from the ‘Click here’ link in the purple bar.

Required fields for the Staff import are Staff ID, and Staff First name. Any other field that has data in it will be updated , so ensure you enter a valid Work Schedule ID in that column.

As with all other payroll data (base rate, award, weekly ordinary hours, and pay schedule), updating a Work schedule via update import will be effective from the next pay cycle forwards.

More on Adding or updating Staff in the linked article.


Leave requests

Work schedules indicate how many hours staff usually work on any given day in a week or fortnight, and what time that shift starts.

Leave Costing

Some industries require any weekend or evening loadings that would normally be paid when an staff takes annual leave, for example.

When leave is requested or created, a work schedule can suggest the number of leave hours to use, and what time the leave should start. When configured in award configurations, this can help payroll save time by automatically calculating time based penalties for specified leave types, removing manual calculations, making compliance easier.

Award configuration changes may be required to setup paying time based penalties for one or more paid leave type. Ento’s Award Interpreter Fact Sheet & Pricing Guide covers the various award levels and costs for Awards as a Service.


Where to now?

Import work schedules

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Ento’s Award Interpreter Fact Sheet & Pricing Guide

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