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Configuring Leave & Sickness Types

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In this article: 

What are Leave & Sickness Types? 

Configuring Leave & Sickness Types

Additional Elements

Deleting Leave & Sickness Types

What are Leave & Sickness Types? 

A Leave or Sickness Type is a configuration option which allows employees to choose what types of Leave or Sickness they are requesting or reporting. This may be useful if you want to record or report on types of Leave & Sickness your employees take, it can also aid with showing why employees are out of the office. 

You can also set up allowances related to certain leave types (on top of their Leave allowance). In order to do this, you'll need to use a Leave Type and set it up as 'Deducted'. For more information, see here

Configuring Leave and Sickness Types gives employees the ability to be more specific when booking time off or reporting sickness. The types can be configured to be deductive or non-deductive, so you can choose which Leave Types affect employee's overall Leave Allowance. 

Configuring Leave & Sickness Types

The below outlines the process for configuring Leave Types, follow the same process for Sickness Types, but select Sickness Types from the Leave Configuration menu. 

Go to Process Config > Leave Configuration > Leave Types .

We've provided some default Leave Types, which you can import by clicking the Add Defaults button in the top right. Alternatively, you can create your own by clicking the Create button. 

If you choose to add our defaults, you'll be presented with a dialog box to confirm you want to add the Defaults, click OK and the defaults will import. 

You can edit the defaults or remove any that do not apply to you. If you'd like to delete any, select them using the tick boxes on the left then click Delete. Edit the defaults by clicking on the name.

The process is the same if you Create a new Leave Type or edit a Default Leave Type. 

Enter the name, and optionally add comments or notes and whether the Leave Type deducts from allowance or not.

There's also some additional options for the Leave Types.

Request Details

  • Requires Approval?
    • Choose whether this type of Leave needs to go through the approval process or not
  • Allow Recurring Requests? 
    • Choose whether to enable recurring requests for this type - more information here: Recurring Requests
  • Attachment Mandatory? 
    • Choose whether request attachments for this Leave Type are mandatory or not

Employee Reason

  • Request Reason
    • Choose whether you want employees to provide a reason for their request. If disabled the reason box will not show
  • Request Specific Detail?
    • Choose whether you want the employee to provide specific details for their request

Manager Comments

  • Manager Approve Comments
    • Choose whether you want managers to provide comments for their approval. If disabled the comments box will not show
  • Manager Reject Comments
    • Choose whether you want managers to provide comments for the rejection. If disabled the comments box will not show


  • Show in Google/Microsoft 365 Calendar as
    • Choose whether this Leave Type appears in calendars as Free or Busy
  • Reduced Planned Hours on Timesheet? (Only available with Time module)
    • Choose whether this Leave Type contributes to Timesheet planned hours or not 
  • Auto sync with Employee Location (Only available with Location module)
    • Choose whether this Leave Type appears on Location planner

Additionally, those with the Office 365 integration will be able to set their calendar events to show as Out of Office. 

Calendar Icon

Finally, you can choose a calendar icon to be shown on the Year at a Glance view when this Leave Type is requested.

When you are happy with the Leave Type configuration, click Save. 

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Additional Elements

Deducted or Non-Deducted Leave Types

You can choose whether your Leave Types are set to Deducted or Non-Deducted. If you set a Leave Type as Deducted, when a Leave Request is approved, the employee's Leave Allowance will be deducted the number of days the request spans. This is shown in the Year at a Glance Calendar in Green. 

If you make a Leave Type Non-Deducted, the employee's Leave Allowance will not be affected. This is useful for tracking scenarios such as Working from Home, or Offsite Meetings, to highlight that the employee is away from work, but not on Leave. These requests show in the Year at a Glance Calendar in Light Green. 

To fully take advantage of the different colours, and to reveal the types in the Team Calendar view, go to General Settings > Leave and tick 'reveal request type'. 

Deleting Leave & Sickness Types

You can delete Leave Types which are not associated with Custom Leave Types. If you need to delete a Leave Type, and it is a Custom Type, remove it from the Work Profile first. 

You can delete multiple Leave or Sickness Types from the main page by ticking the boxes on the left hand side and then the delete button in the top right corner. 

You can also delete Leave or Sickness Types from within the type itself by clicking the delete button in the top right corner. 

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