So much has happened this year in the world of JD Edwards releases and updates. It’s encouraging to see Oracle’s commitment to regularly enhancing JD Edwards, and right now, the promise is to continue doing so through 2030 and beyond. But today we’re going to focus on the latest and greatest in JD Edwards Human Capital Management (HCM). 

JD Edwards HCM in a Nutshell

JD Edwards HCM helps organizations hire the right talent, retain key employees, and drive efficiency and operating performance throughout the business. These are the key features of the solution:

  • Reduces time and errors
  • Automates administrative tasks and reporting
  • Empowers employees to take an active role in their data administration and career advancement
  • Helps managers and human resource professionals align employee recruitment, compensation, training, and promotion with the needs and requirements of the organization

New Features and Enhancements 

As part of Oracle’s continuous improvement to JDE, they’re dedicated to making regular enhancements and sustaining development (bug fixes). Here are some of the latest enhancements to help improve the user experience: 

Allow Employee Level Tax Exemption

Employee Tax Overrides accommodates an employee-level exemption to support scenarios where an employee may be exempt until an existing plan expires. This override will prevent the tax from being calculated and will reduce taxable gross to zero for the tax type.

Benefits Enrollment Selections

The user experience for benefits enrollment has been simplified and now allows employees to see each benefit they select as well as its associated cost.

Improved Daily Time Entry Manager Review & Approval UX

Before, managers and supervisors had to select each row individually in the Daily Time Entry application to approve an employee with multiple timecards, but now they can select or clear all records at once.

Lock-in-Letter Compliance

Monitoring lock-in letter compliance just became easy. When a lock-in letter for an employee is received from the IRS, employers are obligated to ignore any W-4 information requested by the employee if doing so would put them in a lower federal tax withholding. A new orchestration now evaluates the filing status and the number of exemptions for employees flagged as having a lock-in letter and sends notifications for any non-compliance.

PDBA Filter and Search

The new PDBA Setup and Visual Assist forms simplify finding and accessing active Pay Types, Deductions, Benefits, and Accruals (PDBAs). You can switch between viewing all PDBAs or only active PDBAs with a single click.

Remove Audit Trail Loophole

It used to be that the Scissors capability in Manage Employees would allow employers to move employees with cut and paste in the system, but this bypasses the apps audit trail (which is not good). To remove this loophole, Oracle has removed the tools-level Scissors capability.

Visibility of Dependents & Beneficiaries in Open Enrollment

The process for making identification and selection of dependents versus beneficiaries is now easier. You’ll notice a new column that indicates dependent or beneficiary type.

Enhancements on the Horizon

There are even more features coming soon to JD Edwards HCM, including Limit Sick Pay Taken (hard or soft error in time entry) and Quick Hire DST EFTO Required (giving you more control over the use of these two data items in Employee Quick Hire P060116Q). 

Continuous Innovation Means Continuous Education

If you’d like to learn more about all the latest and greatest updates to JD Edwards, head to to research what the latest release will do for you and your organization. Of course, if you more in-depth questions or need help with your continuous improvement strategy, our senior-level JD Edwards consultants can get your HCM setup (or any other part of your JDE system) where you’d like it to be. Contact us today to get started.