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Employee Benefits Workgroup

The HR Open Standards Consortium's Employee Benefits workgroup is tasked with developing and maintaining standards which provide employers flexibility and save them time and money when integrating systems with benefits administrators and benefits providers.

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Existing Specifications

  • US Enrollment - supports "tier-based” coverage (Medical, Dental, Vision), rate based coverage, and flexible spending accounts.
  • Savings Plan Enrollment - supports the communication of enrollment and election information for savings and defined contribution plans, such a 401(k) plans within the U.S. market.
  • Indicative Data - describes the relationship between employer and employee relevant to provisioning benefit management systems .

Current Projects 

  • Employee Benefits
    • Develop new XSD and JSON specification to manage current industry needs, including global usage and US Affordable Care Act.
  • Employee Wellness
    • The purpose of this working group is to develop a standard for the exchange of information between systems involved in the management of corporate wellness programs.  Such systems include, but are not limited to: the benefits administration system, the core HR system, the payroll system or incentive payment system, activity tracking system, and benefits provider system.

      The scope of work for the first version of the standard is the communication between an activity tracking system and a corporate wellness program. An example would be communicating steps or active time from wearable tracking devices to the corporate wellness program. The standard will not include communication of protected health information, such as blood pressure or heart rate, subject to HIPAA compliance standards.

Other Projects to Consider

  • Revisit existing specification to determine additional use cases for current industry needs.
  • Enhance deliverables to ease implementation and increase interoperability.


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