Formulas which reference multi-select picklists do not work correctly when referenced from Process Builder on a related object.

Process Builder

Last updated 2018-06-09 ·Reference W-3456078 ·Reported By 2 users

Fixed - Summer '18

Formulas on a parent object which reference multi-select picklist fields may return incorrect results when referenced from Process Builder on a child object.

Symptoms of this behavior include (but may not be limited to):

- The INCLUDES function in a parent object Formula Field always returns false when that Formula Field is referenced from Process Builder on a child object.

1. Create a Multi-Select Picklist ('theMultiPicklist__c') on Account with values 'a', 'b', and 'c'

2. Create a formula field ('theFormula__c') on Accounts, with return type checkbox, and syntax: INCLUDES (theMultiPicklist__c,'a')

3. Create a Process as follows:
- Object: Contact, when a record is created or edited
- Criteria: [Contact].Account.theFormula__c equals boolean true
- Action: Any
- Activate the process

4. Create (or edit) an Account and set 'theMultiPicklist__c' with values that include 'a'.
- Confirm 'theFormula' is returning true on Account detail page.

5. Create (or edit) a Contact on that Account, and save.

Actual Result: Process criteria evaluates false, even though 'theFormula' is actually true on the Account.

Avoid referencing formulas on a parent object which refer to multi-picklists from Processes on a child object.

Possible alternatives are:

A) Create a formula field on the child object. Refer to the formula field on the parent object from this new formula field. Then set the Process to use this new formula field.

--- For instance in the example repro above we could create a formula on Contact with syntax like Account.theFormula__c, then refer to this Contact field instead of the Account field in the process criteria.

B) Build the process criteria with the necessary logic to run directly off the multi-picklist on the parent (without referencing the formula field on the parent).

--- For instance in the example repro scenario above, the same logic and net result would be achievable by changing the Process Criteria to " [Contact].Account.theMultiPicklist__c Contains Mulitpicklist a"

Is it Fixed?

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