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HR Open Standards

Active Standards Projects

The Consortium is continually updating our specifications and creating new standards to meet industry needs. A significant benefit to our organizational members is that any of their employees may participate in the standards development. This allows the company to help create the standards and gives them early access to the specifications.

Learn more about our standards development process and current projects below.
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How we develop standards

The process

Industry need
Project proposal
Define Use Cases
Develop schema
Consortium vote

Assessments HR-JSON

The Assessments workgroup is responsible for developing and maintaining assessment standards to support the procurement of assessment services and the integration of assessment results.

Contingent Staffing HR-JSON

(Upcoming) The Contingent Staffing workgroup will develop and maintain standards to support the transmission of Staffing Industry information between a staffing supplier and customers, master vendors, vendor management systems, and eProcurement tools.

Employee Benefits HR-JSON

The Employee Benefits workgroup develops and maintains standards which provide employers flexibility and save them time and money when integrating systems with benefits administrators and benefits providers.

Employer and Earning Record HR-JSON

The Employer and Earning Record workgroup provides guidance to address reporting of employee employment and earnings records to government and how these records can be better used by public-private data collaboratives for supporting workforce data analytics.

Payroll HR-JSON

The Payroll workgroup is tasked with developing and maintaining payroll standards which provide employers flexibility and save them time and money when integrating systems with benefits administrators, benefits providers, and payroll processors.

Recruiting HR-JSON

The Recruiting workgroup is responsible for developing and maintaining a variety of standards that fall within the recruiting domain. The trading partners may vary based on the business transaction. For example, the exchange of data may include a recruiter, applicant tracking system (ATS), an HRIS/front office system, job board, staffing supplier, and/or candidate.

Screening HR-JSON

The Screening workgroup is responsible for developing and maintaining standards for the Background Check industry. This group focuses on transactions between Screening Service Requesters, Screening Supplier Providers and Researchers.


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