Submit Time Card

(Existing Time Cards)

Learn how to submit time in the HRMS for any Time Card Period (week).

A Guided Learning (GL) flow exists for this lesson. To learn this lesson within the system, follow the steps below:

1. Log into HRMS and click on the GL widget.

2. From the GL widget, use the search box to find “Submit Time (Existing Time Cards) (Employee)” flow.

Do you have multiple assignments (contracts)?

If you are an employee with multiple assignments (contracts), it is imperative that you ensure you are entering time for the correct assignment when submitting your time cards.

Before you enter your hours in the HRMS, please refer to the Employment info section, to view your assignment details. The assignment details will help you determine which assignment you must enter time for. Note – time submitted against an incorrect assignment, may result in delayed or incorrect pay.

Managers & Delegates must also ensure that they are approving hours for the correct assignment number for their employees.

REMINDER: Appendix D, NFT Professors, Partial Load Professors, Clinical Instructors, Sessional Professors and CE Instructors are automatically paid for regular hours, please do not submit regular hours, as indicated in your contract, on the time cards.


Please be advised – there is a Known Issue when executing this process.

Please click here to learn how-to get around this issue.

1. Sign in to the HRMS using your single sign-on ID and password.

2. Click on  ‘Time & Absences’. 

3. Click on ‘Existing Time Cards’

4. Click on ‘+ Add’.

Note: From this page, you can only submit a Time Card for the any Time Card Period.

Note – the ‘Status’ section shows you the current status of your Time Card. Note:

– A ‘New’ status means that you have not yet submitted a Time Card for this week.

– A ‘Saved’ status means you had previously entered your time but your Time Card is in Draft mode and is not available for your Manager to review/approve. You must click on ‘Submit’ to complete your time entry submission.

– A ‘Submitted’ status means your Time Card has been submitted and it’s awaiting your Manager’s review/approval.

– An ‘Approved’ status means your Time Card has been sent for Payroll processing.

5. Click on the calendar icon under ‘Date’ heading to select the appropriate Time Card Period (week) for the time card you wish to submit.

6. To enter your hours,click ‘+ Add’.

Important: If you have multiple assignments (contracts), then please refer to the ‘Multiple Assignments’ note before proceeding to next steps.

7. Select ‘Assignment Number’ from the drop-down menu.

Note: After selecting the assignment number, the associated Job title, Department, and Manager will auto-populate. If you have multiple assignments, verify that you are submitting time against the correct assignment.

8. Select ‘Payroll Time Type’.

Note: This page allows employees to enter more than one different time type based on employee eligibility. For example, you can enter the regular hours as the first entry, and any applicable exceptions as the next entry.

Note: Please ensure to use the ‘Stat Holiday’ Payroll Time Type if you worked during a public holiday. 

9. Click on the calendar icon below ‘Select Dates’ to select one or more worked days. A range of dates can be selected, but the start and end times must be the same for all dates. If your start and end times differ from day to day, then click on ‘add another date’ for each day worked.

10. Select ‘Start and End time’ either enter by typing or via the scroll method option.

Important: Enter the time in the same format as this example: 3:45 PM

11.When you are finished, click ‘OK’.

Note: If you have multiple assignment and/or would like to submit time for another Assignment or Payroll Time Type, then repeat steps 4-10 before proceeding to next steps.

12. Reported Hours appear at the top of the page. To view Calculated Hours, click on ‘Show Details’.

13. Click ‘Calculate’.

Note: There is a difference between ‘Reported’ and ‘Calculated’ hours.

– ‘Reported’ hours reflects number of hours you had entered in previous steps. – ‘Calculated’ hours reflects automatic deduction of meal breaks from the previously entered ‘Reported’ hours. For example, after 5 hours of continuous work ‘Reported’, 30 minutes will be deducted, and after 7 hours of continuous work ‘Reported’, 1 hour will be deducted.

– ‘Calculated’ hours are used for Payroll processing and determine your Pay.

13. Click ‘Submit’.

Resources and Notes


Click here to download the Time & Labour Calendar (iCalendar File).

Click here to view the Payroll Calendar which indicates the Time Submission and Time Approval deadlines.

Important reminder for Employees and Managers/Delegates who submit and approve time, for the next pay period:

  • Employees who submit their time* for approval need to submit their time cards within the HRMS every Friday by 5 p.m.
  • Managers and delegates who approve employees’ time within the HRMS, need to approve time every Tuesday by 5 p.m.

*Note – you must submit your time card in order for your Manager to approve them. Any time card left in a Saved or Entered status will not be available to managers for approval.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a time card?

A time card is used to record an employee’s hours worked.

Can I enter hours ahead of time within HRMS?

Although the system will allow time to be entered ahead of time, we do not encourage that practice as it may affect your time card approval and/or cause a payroll delay. Your manager will not approve time before the hours have been worked.

Will employees receive notifications to enter their time within HRMS?

No. Employees will not receive notifications to remind them to enter time. This functionality currently does not exist within the system. Employees who typically enter hours in order to be paid will be required to log-in to the HRMS and enter their time.

When are employees expected to enter time? On a daily or weekly basis?

Employees can enter time on a daily basis or on a weekly basis. They would be encouraged to only submit their time on a weekly basis which will provide the managers with a weekly notification for approvals.  Managers will need to inform employees not to click submit until end of the week.

What do start and stop times actually mean with reference to time entry? Does it account for meal breaks?

The start time is the time that an employee’s shift starts and the stop time is the time that the employee’s shift ends. Meal periods will be automatically deducted. According to ESA, a half hour is allotted after 5 hours of work and as common practice an hour after 7 hours of work. The system will show the deducted hours as calculated hours (it will show in the calculated time).

Will the managers/employees be able to enter hours remotely?

Yes, HRMS allows for time to be entered remotely.

Why are my Absence submissions showing up on my Time Card?

For Non-Full Time Employees, your paid and unpaid absence subsmissions are shown on your time card to inform you that you have an absence logged for a given day, in order to create awareness that you should not accidentally submit your time for that date, when submitting your time card.

On the time card, saved absence entries now display the in read-only mode. You can make changes to these entries by deleting them and reentering them on your time card or using the Existing Absences task.

Paid leaves are visible as an un-editable entries on your time card, you can make changes to these entries by deleting them and reentering using the existing Absence task.

Whereas, Unpaid leaves can be edited through the time card screen. Note – any changes to the unpaid absence submission from the time card screen will reflect the update in the HRMS Absence work area.