HRO Today and Alexander Mann Solutions Release Report: Human Resources New Technology for Third Quarter

Philadelphia, PA – December 6, 2018 – SharedXpertise, publisher of HRO Today Magazine, and Alexander Mann Solutions, one of the world’s leading providers of talent acquisition and management services, have partnered to release the Human Resources New Technology Quarterly Summary: Q3 2018.

As the rate of advancement in the human capital management (HCM) technology sector increases, these quarterly reports track and summarize trends, funding initiatives and other activities related product innovation in HR.  The reports provide critical insights into new technology, its applications and the companies leading the HCM technology industry.

During the third quarter of 2018, 49 major announcements in HR technologies were made, down slightly from the 57 documented in the second quarter.  Mobile capabilities, artificial intelligence (AI), and platforms that facilitate communication between employers and employees/candidates continued to have high levels of development.  Interest in AI has remained strong all year, which has many companies exploring how to prepare for the inevitable digital transformation.

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L2 Capital Partners and Lakewood Capital Acquire Orion Talent and Orion Novotus

Devon, PA – December 3, 2018 – L2 Capital Partners, L.P. (“L2” or “L2 Capital”) and Lakewood Capital, LLC (“Lakewood”) announced the acquisition of Orion ICS, LLC (“Orion Talent”) and its wholly owned subsidiary Novotus, LLC (“Orion Novotus” and with Orion Talent, collectively, “Orion” or the “Company”), together, a leading human capital management platform offering a unique combination of military, skilled professional, and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (“RPO”) solutions. The Company is comprised of a core military hiring capability in Orion Talent and award-winning RPO services through Orion Novotus, thereby creating a unique end-to-end talent acquisition and recruitment process solution.

Founded in 1991, Orion Talent (www.oriontalent.com) has found careers for over 43,000 veterans and operates from offices located throughout the nation. In 2016, the Company expanded its service offerings by acquiring Novotus, now Orion Novotus (www.orion-novotus.com), a full-service RPO provider. The acquisition combined one of the largest military talent placement firms in the country with an award-winning RPO capability. In turn, the consolidated enterprise created a platform for evolution into a global full-service enterprise talent management and recruiting firm.

Michael Starich, Chief Executive Officer of Orion, noted, “Our new partnership with L2 and Lakewood is a critical step in Orion’s path as we expand the scope of our operations. We think of Orion as not just a business – but a mission. And with the support of L2 and Lakewood in delivering on that mission, we are well on our way to becoming a global leader in recruiting excellence.”

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CSS Inc. Ranks for the Third Time on HRO Today’s Baker’s Dozen for Pre-Employment Screening

CSS’s service offerings, advanced knowledge base and customer service excellence directly contributed to being rated as one of the best providers in the industry.

November 19, 2018 – Gibbsboro, NJ – For the third consecutive year, CSS Inc. has been recognized as the industry’s elite in employee screening by HRO Today Magazine.  Listed on the 2018 Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction Ratings for Pre-Employment Screening, this ranking supports the hard work and dedication CSS employees put forward to create intelligent solutions catered to the unique needs of their Customers.

According to a survey commissioned by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners, 96% of surveyed organizations conduct background checks, with more and more companies recognizing the benefits of working with an accredited, highly acclaimed provider and realizing the cost and process efficiencies in consolidating all screening services through one provider.  CSS’s commitment to its Customers, innovative processes, and technological advances surpass competitors in the screening industry and are the reasons why many companies are choosing CSS as their sole provider.

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CEO’s Letter: Presumption Versus Investigation and the Role of HR

HRO Today

By Elliot H. Clark

Here I go again writing about the impact of political culture on the life of HR. And I hope the hate mail I get is not too hateful in these overwrought times. But there is an important cultural moment at hand and depending on how social views become ingrained, it may impact the practice of HR.

By the time you read this, the U.S. mid-term elections will be over and the impact of the so-called “Kavanaugh effect” will be clear. The question of whether it galvanized the political right or energized the political left will be answered. But the divisions will remain, and the question of how a process could become so flawed may never be understood.

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Editor’s Note: Up, Up, and Away

HRO Today

By Debbie Bolla

The pre-employment screening services market has been on a growth trajectory for the last few years with no signs of stopping. In fact, according to research from The Insight Partners, the industry is poised to grow to $5.46 billion by 2025, an uptick from $3.74 billion in 2016. In response, HRO Today has expanded our annual Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction ratings to include two lists: enterprise and midsize programs. Comprising of 24 HR service partners, these rankings take into account size of deal. Those providers that deliver programs above the market average in terms of size are on the enterprise list while those that deliver below the market average are on midsize program list. To see this year’s leaders, click here.

According to the 2018 HireRight Employment Screening Benchmark Report, 53 percent of organizations leverage background checks to achieve better quality of hire. Clean Harbors’ Vice President of Human Resources Doug Harris agrees: “It’s important for us to conduct background checks because we cannot make mistakes.”

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HRO Today Announces 2018 Talent Acquisition Leader of the Year Awards Winners in EMEA

Philadelphia, PA – November 13, 2018 – HRO Today has announced the winners of its 2018 Talent Acquisition Leader of the Year Awards in EMEA.

The individual award winners and leaders of distinction were selected for demonstrating excellence in the talent acquisition function, including employer branding, diversity, technology, and financial analysis. The winners were announced at an awards luncheon hosted by Cielo on November 6, 2018 at the HRO Today Forum EMEA in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The 2018 Talent Acquisition Leader of the Year Awards in EMEA winners are:

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HRO Today Announces Winners of the 2018 CHRO of the Year Awards in EMEA

Philadelphia, PA – November 13, 2018 – HRO Today has announced the winners of its 2018 CHRO of the Year Awards in EMEA.

The leaders of distinction and individual award winners were announced at an awards gala on November 5, 2018 at the HRO Today Forum EMEA in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  Individual awards were presented in the following categories: innovation, for-profit, and sustainable workforce.

The 2018 CHRO of the Year Awards in EMEA winners are:

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AVANGRID, Inc. Appoints Peter Church Chief Human Resources Officer

Orange, CT – November 12, 2018 – AVANGRID Inc. (NYSE: AGR), a leading sustainable energy company, today announced the appointment of Peter Church as Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role, Church will oversee Human Resources, Information Technology and General Services.

Reporting to AVANGRID CEO James Torgerson, Church will be responsible for developing and executing human resource strategies in support of the overall company business plan and strategic direction of the organization.

“Peter is a great addition to the AVANGRID management team as we think about the AVANGRID culture and employer brand reputation,” said James Torgerson, CEO of AVANGRID. “He brings a great balance of practical HR process experience and big picture thinking around workplace culture and employer brand.”

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CSS Inc. Launches New Service Compliance Plus

A new service intended to provide “360 degree” attention to the various background check related legal issues that employers face.

November 6, 2018, Gibbsboro, NJ — As the background screening industry for employers continually evolves based on new legislation and regulation, CSS is now offering its clients access to legal advice from one of the largest labor and employment law firms in the United States via its new service, CSS Compliance Plus. Littler Mendelson, P.C., with more than 1,500 attorneys, provides clients with representation and daily advice on virtually all areas of labor and employment law.

With states and locales establishing new legislation such as “ban the box”, “salary history ban” and other regulations geared towards the type of information that hiring employers can and cannot ask on applications, it has become critical that organizations have the resources to be regularly updated on these changes.

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Alight Solutions names Colon McLean CHRO

Lincolnshire, IL – October 25, 2018 Alight Solutions, a leader in technology-enabled health, wealth, and human capital management solutions, today announced that Colon McLean has joined the company as CHRO, reporting to CEO Chris Michalak.

“Our colleagues are at the core of what makes Alight a Great Place to Work and are fundamental to our ability to serve our clients and their people with excellence,” said Chris Michalak, CEO of Alight. “Colon’s expertise as a strategic HR leader will help Alight build on the incredible culture we’ve already established that enables our people to thrive while growing our organization.”

Colon brings more than 30 years of human resources experience to Alight including experience leading and integrating acquisitions, major system implementations, global engagement and talent strategies. Most recently, Colon served as CHRO at The Warranty Group. In addition, he held a variety of HR leadership roles at Career Education Corporation and Duke Energy.

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