Human Resources

Watch this page! Information will be updated with the launch of Workday and the Integrated Service Center (ISC) on June 27, 2017.

As of June 19, 2017, the current UW payroll system (HEPPS; OPUS) and other legacy systems, including Employee Self Service (ESS) and OWLS, will no longer accept edits and will be converted to read-only in preparation for Workday go-live. Learn more about how you can get ready for Workday by visiting the HR/Payroll Modernization Program website.

Administrator guide

In the Online Work/Leave System (OWLS), the role of the administrator is to oversee all employee leave records for a department.

As an administrator, you are authorized with inquiry-only access to all records in your department’s Payroll Unit Code (PUC). If you have questions or concerns about an employee’s OWLS record, you will need to contact your unit’s timekeeper.

To log in to OWLS, you will need your UW NetID, password, and SecurID. Both the UW NetID and the SecurID are obtained from UW Technology.

OWLS is intended for use by authorized employees only, and authorization for use is solely at the discretion of department management. In order to protect the privacy and integrity of the records in OWLS, you must log out or password-protect your computer screen whenever leaving your desk.

To view a list of all employees under your department’s PUC, you will need to log in to OWLS as follows:

1. Navigate to the OWLS home page and click on the “OWLS Login” button.

2. Click on the "Log in as Administrator/Inquiry-only" button

3. On the UW NetID log in page, type in your UW NetID, password, and SecurID code number, 4. Click the "log in" button

5. The OWLS disclaimer regarding appropriate use of the system will appear. Once you read and understand it, click the “I agree” button to enter the OWLS main page.

In order to obtain OWLS administrator access, you will need to submit a request through the online OWLS access form.

Problems logging in? Your SecurID may not be synchronized with OWLS. Please contact UW Technology to synchronize your SecurID.


After logging in to the Online Work/Leave System (OWLS) and selecting an employee record, the calendar screen will appear. Clicking on the various tabs across the top of this screen allows you to view other informational screens for this employee.

View of employee record with tabs highlighted.


Clicking on the OWLS Home tab will take you back to the Home page where you can choose an employee record or run a report.

Work List

The Work List tab displays a list of all active employee records in your PUC. The Work List is created when you log into OWLS, highlight your PUC, and click “Next” without entering an employee name or EID. Clicking on the Work List tab from within a record will return you to the list of records to choose another employee’s record.


The daily work and leave hours are entered by your unit’s timekeeper in the calendar view of OWLS.

There are various codes used for work and leave entry. If you are unsure what a code stands for, please review the chart in the Making Calendar Entries section in the Time Keeper’s guide.

Schedule/FTE/Service Period

An employee’s work schedule, FTE, and service period are displayed through this tab.


The employee’s monthly leave accruals, use, and balances of paid leave are displayed through the Balances tab. Clicking on a month allows you to view the calendar entries for that month.

From this screen you are able to create a printable yearly summary (see below for more information).


An employee’s anniversary date, UW hire date, annual leave accrual month, months of leave without pay, probationary or trial period dates, months of prior service credit, and name of supervisor(s) are displayed through this tab.

Because administrator access is read-only, any errors, discrepancies, or questions about an employee’s OWLS record should be directed to your unit’s timekeeper.

Administrators have the ability to view employee records and perform the following actions:

  • Run an OWLS report
  • Create a Yearly Summary


The Online Work/Leave System (OWLS) allows you to run a simple report for active records in your unit.

  • Timekeepers and Administrators can run an OWLS report for their Payroll Unit Code(s) (PUCs) that shows the leave balances of every active employee.
  • Supervisors can run an OWLS report that shows the leave balances of every active employee for whom they are designated as supervisor.

An OWLS report will allow you to do the following:

  • View leave balances as of a particular month’s end
  • Export the report to HTML or MS Excel
  • Sort the results by Employee Last Name or EID

Currently, the report feature reflects completed and submitted calendar months. When selecting a particular month, the list of names will reflect only those active employee records that have been submitted through that month.

For example, if you are running a report for June, and an employee’s record is updated only through April, that employee’s name will not appear in the report.

All report data is generated on a nightly basis. Any changes made to an OWLS record will not be reflected in the report until the next day.

To run a report, take the following steps:

1. From the OWLS log in page, click on "OWLS Report."

2. Select a PUC. 3. Select the month as of which you want the report generated. 4. Determine how you want the results ordered. 5. Indicate what format the report should be in. 6. Click "run report."

If you choose to create the report in HTML, the report will open in a browser window.

If you choose to create the report in EXCEL, a “File Download – Security Warning” should appear that asks, “Do you want to open or save this file?” Clicking “Open” will open an EXCEL file. Clicking “Save” will allow you to save the report to your computer.

An employee may have prior Online Work/Leave System (OWLS) records if the employee has worked for another UW department, held another position in your department, or if the employee’s position has been reclassified. These prior OWLS records are not deleted and can be accessed.

To access an employee’s prior OWLS record(s), open the OWLS home page and take the following steps:

1. Enter an employee's ID number or name. 2. Click the box to the left of "Include Prior Records" in the "Choose and Action" section. 3. Click "Next."

You will see the record(s) for the employee.

Lines highlighted in gray are prior records that are now read-only

You can also access an employee’s prior OWLS record(s) from the employee’s current OWLS record. In order to do this, take the following steps:

1. Click on the "balances" tab at the top of the screen. 2. Click on the link associated with the time period you wish to view.


OWLS can provide an at-a-glance yearly summary of an employee’s leave record. In order to show a summary, at least one month must be completed in the summary selected.

This is helpful for a variety of reasons, particularly for determining if an employee has worked the required hours for FMLA eligibility, and for producing a document that can be signed.

In order to generate the yearly summary, open the employee’s OWLS record, and take the following steps:

1. Click on the "balances" tab at the top of the screen. 2. Scroll down and click on the "Show Yearly Summary" button.

This will generate a PDF. Click here to see an example of what this document will look like.

Print copies as desired. Only the months that have been submitted will be displayed. Months in progress will not show up in the yearly summary.