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What is HR Open Standards?

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HR Open Standards are developed by HR professionals and technologists and are open to the public community. HR Open Standards members create new standards intended to solve their real-life integration and business needs. HR Open Standards enable data integration across the global HR Community.  Over 16 specifications exist for 9 HR domains; visit the Download Page for more details. 


HR Open Standing Committees 

HR Open has numerous committees and active projects.  If you are a technical expert, business analyst, marketing specialist, or manager there is a place for you. To get involved, contact us at


1. Business Steering Committee


This group is responsible for the consortium’s marketing.

  • Committee meets bi-weekly via conference call.
  • Contributed to the re-design of event booth and member/certification logos.


2. Meeting Planning Committee


This committee is responsible for meeting planning and preparation.

  • Meets weekly or bi-weekly during the planning phase. 
  • Consortium holds one annual meeting each spring.
  • Global community meetings may be hosted by members and community.


3. Technical Steering Committee


This team is responsible for all technical aspects of the consortium.

  • Committee meets weekly via conference call.
  • Currently designing JSON common objects, Name and Design Rules (NDR), deployment process, and technical guidelines.


Standards Development Projects

All workgroups are developing standards in JSON and may include a version of XML. Deliverables include the schema, sample data, use cases and other documentation. Most of the following projects are active. A few projects are in the planning stage. To join one of these projects, contact us at




This data exchange standard supports the procurement of assessment services and the integration of assessment results.

  • Assessments may refer to education, knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes. 
  • Typical transactions occur between the Recruiting System, Assessment Provider, Assessment Subject and 3rd Party Test Centers.
  • The specification includes a catalog, order, and report.


2. Employee Benefits


Employee benefits include various types of alternative compensation, such as medical, dental, vision and life insurance, long and short term disability, retirement plans, and paid time off. This specification:

  • Allows employers, government agencies, third-party administrators and benefits providers to communicate information related to an individual's benefits.
  • Phase one focuses on the enrollment process.


3. Interviewing



The purpose of the first phase for the HR Open Interviewing Standard is to communicate with the candidate asynchronously.  The specification will include instructions on to how to take the interview, questions to ask (without an interviewer) and how to process the results. Users of the systems need to communicate with service providers to initiate an asynchronous interview with one or more job candidates. 


4. Payroll


The Payroll specification will provide guidance on how to structure exchanges of information impacting payroll.  A variety of business, legal, and tax requirements determine the specific information that is included in any given payroll instruction. 


5. Recruiting


The recruiting process supports the posting of job openings and retrieving candidate information between the job seekers, recruiters, ATS, and candidate repositories.

  • Trading partners systems include ATS, job boards, 3rd party system integrators, and HR/ERP software vendors.
  • In addition to position opening and candidate records, the specification includes schema for matching data and application forms.


6. Salary Survey


This specification will support two aspects of the survey process, concentrating on the submission step in phase one:

  • Submission of the match and company demographic information sent from survey participant organizations to survey vendors who analyze the data.
  • Passing of the resulting Survey Analyses from the survey vendors to the participating organizations or the vendors who serve as representatives of the client organizations that present the data to clients.


7. Screening


Many companies in the United States utilize background screening as part of the hiring process as well as re-screening employees on a periodic basis. The background checking standards include:

  • A screening specification for data communications between an ATS and CRA.
  • A screening vendor specifications between CRA’s and the providers (researchers).
  • A drug testing specification between the ATS, MRO, testing site, and the lab.


Potential Development Projects

If you would like to help start one of these projects, contact us at

1.  ACA Employer Compliance


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (formally “PPACA” and more commonly “ACA”) includes a number of communication, measurement and reporting mandates with which employers must comply. This specification will support:

  • Interaction related to ACA-mandated communication.
  • Variable hour employee measurement and eligibility determination.
  • Informational return preparation and filing with the IRS.


2. Recognition & Rewards 


Many organizations recognize and reward employees for extraordinary achievement.  This specification:  

  • Allows for capture of employee and performance data and reporting on the most current information about who is recognizing, who is being recognized, how often, and payroll data.
  • Transactions occur between the external system (CRM, LMS, PMS, etc.) and the recognition system.
  • The process includes creating the account, giving/receiving/displaying the recognition, and if appropriate, the payroll details.
  • Phase one will focus on the process of creating the recognition event. 


3. Employee Wellness


Employee Wellness allows employees to set and reach employee wellness goals within their employment organization. This specification covers:

  • Exchange of information between systems involved in the management of corporate wellness programs. 
  • These systems may include benefits administration, core HR, payroll or incentive payment, activity tracking, and benefits provider.
  • Phase one includes focuses on the communication between an activity tracking system and a corporate wellness program.

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