July 16, 2020 – Universal Background Screening (“Universal”), headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Ohio-based OPENonline, a leading provider of employment background checks and investigative services. The combined company, which will operate under the Universal brand, will leverage deep industry expertise and award-winning scaled operations centers and advance Universal’s position as the nation’s leader in background screening.
“We are excited to have OPENonline join Universal. The synergy was compelling: both companies are members of the select 6% of background screening providers that are accredited by the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA), and both companies are deeply committed to providing an outstanding experience for our customers,” said Dan Filby, CEO of Universal.
Having now closed on its fourth acquisition in the background screening industry, this merger represents the next phase of Universal’s development as a market leader. The integration furthers Universal’s commitment to producing a better candidate experience and helps recruiters move candidates through the hiring process more quickly.
May 20, 2020 – The Board of Harrier Group today announce the appointment of Zain Wadee as acting Group Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Wadee joined Harrier Talent Solutions in August 2019 as Executive General Manager, leading strategy and operations for a broad portfolio of recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) solutions and talent consulting engagements across Australia.
Prior to joining Harrier, Mr. Wadee spent more than 20 years’ working in the global talent solutions market, including 10 years with the Adecco Group, where he led the Hyphen RPO brand to achieve growth of over GBP700m before successfully rebranding and relaunching in the EMEA market as Pontoon Solutions.
May 6, 2020 – LevelUP HCS, a New York-based talent solution and HR advisory company, will support the recruitment of contact tracers, community support specialists, and team supervisors that will make up New York State’s contact tracing pilot program. The nation-leading program was announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Mike Bloomberg on April 22. These contact tracing teams will be a critical part of the effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. LevelUP has launched a comprehensive effort to identify and vet qualified candidates who will be trained and deployed in accordance with the NY state program supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies.
New York’s contact tracing program is expected to have 6,400 to 17,000 tracers statewide, depending on projected number of cases, and will operate through the next flu season. Contact tracing teams will work remotely with state-of-the-art software to develop New York state’s secure database of information on the spread of the infection.
As part of this effort, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health — the top-rated public health school in the country – in consultation with DOH, is developing a world-class online curriculum for the State’s contact tracers that includes a training program and an online exam that must be passed to complete the program. Vital Strategies’ initiative Resolve to Save Lives will provide technical and operational advising to New York State Health Department staff.
CLEVELAND – May 6, 2020 – Global talent acquisition and management specialistAlexander Mann Solutions (AMS) has announced the appointment of Julie Marks as senior vice president and Head of Growth in the Americas. Marks is a business leader with extensive Fortune 500 experience, with a strong track record of driving high performance in all facets of business.
For over 20 years, Marks held several executive leadership roles for the global business, ADP, including leading the sales, service, and talent organizations. There, her people-focused leadership approach drove double-digit growth metrics in ROI, gross profit, implementation, and client satisfaction while also ranking her number one in the company for the Gallup Associate Satisfaction Survey. Earlier in her career, she served as Chief Talent Officer of Harrison College in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she created a Human Resource and Talent Development division that was named to Indiana’s Best Places to work.
Among her credentials are B.S. degree in Organizational Communication and Development from Ball State University and certifications in Myers Briggs Type Indicator, DISC Assessment, Synchronous Facilitation, Crucial Conversations, Speed Reading People, Leadership Coaching, The Gallup Survey, and Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Evaluation.
Companies furloughing workers or downsizing can utilize the QuantumWork technology as part of off-boarding solution
Charlotte, N.C. (May 5, 2020) — QuantumWork, found online at Quantum.Work, is employing its Platform as a Service (“PaaS“) technology to help displaced workers during the current Covid-19 crisis and global economic shutdown. With global unemployment claims reaching staggering numbers, including millions per week in the United States alone, the total talent solution offered by QuantumWork allows recruitment, procurement and HR leaders to match and stack rank talent fast. Within a single platform, candidates are run against all of their open positions, including traditional employment, contingent and on-demand work.
The technology has specific benefits for both employees and employers during this time of economic shutdown and rapidly increasing global unemployment. For companies facing downsizing, adding displaced workers to the QuantumWork technology will make them more visible to potential employers, and more easily searchable for rehire in the near future based upon their unique skills and qualifications. And for employees furloughed or displaced, the technology will improve their ability to be rehired by increasing their visibility specific to matching positions.
“Despite the unprecedented effects of Covid-19 and the surrounding global economic shutdown, organizations are still hiring, and companies continue to search for talented workers,” said Randy Gulian, General manager for QuantumWork. “Our QuantumWork technology can help expedite the process and place workers in positions fast — whether it is full-time employment, part-time, contract or on-demand.”
Intelligent Automation Enables Organizations to Adapt Amidst a Changing World of Work
Cleveland – April 21, 2020 – Alexander Mann Solutions, the global leader in recruitment process outsourcing and talent acquisition consulting services, has announced the release of their first self-developed technology platform. Hourly by Alexander Mann Solutions enables organizations to hire hourly workers faster and with greater precision through a completely conversational experience from explore-to-offer, in a single built-for-mobile solution.
“Today, we recognize organizations are operating with a high level of uncertainty about the future of business and their people,” said David Leigh, CEO of Alexander Mann Solutions. “We designed Hourly with an eye towards radically improving the candidate experience for hourly job seekers, and now we’re seeing just how essential this part of the paid workforce is to the economy. Innovation has always been core to our business, and we take immense pride in launching Hourly as an enabling technology for organizations beginning on a path to transform processes and rebuild their workforce rapidly as we emerge into a new way of work in the coming months.”
While marijuana is illegal under federal law, many states have followed cultural shifts and recent legislation by legalizing it for medicinal use, recreational use, or both. This has left employer drug tests harder to administer than before in these states. Yet even in some states where it is legal, the law can compel certain types of employers to take action to ensure their workplaces are drug-free.
With employer drug tests have become even harder to administer than in the past, due to virtually full employment. A total of 33 states now have comprehensive medical marijuana programs. 11 states plus the District of Columbia, have legalized the stuff for recreational usage. Employers have every reason to expect more marijuana legislation to pass in the near future.
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The rate of new technologies being developed and companies providing them continues to grow dramatically. In order to track the innovation being introduced, Alexander Mann Solutions, a global provider of talent acquisition and management services, has partnered with HRO Today Magazine to produce quarterly reports that summarize activity in HR technology advancements and funding initiatives.
In the fourth quarter of 2019, we saw an increase in the number of announcements and funding for advancing technologies to support human resources. In total, there were 91 major announcements, up from 56 announced in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Further, this report contains an enlightening Q&A discussion with Jane Clark, Head of Emerging Talent Consulting. Alexander Mann Solutions. Topics covered include questions about the biggest challenges in TA, how technology addresses those challenges and what digital options there are to keep the graduate cycle moving as organizations face the impact of COVID-19.
The global economy has continued to decelerate, stemming from global trade and weak investment growth, which impacted nearly every region of the world.
However, the global labor market remains tight with around half (27 of the 49) countries analyzed in this report showing levels of 5.0 percent or less, which is considered by many economists as at or near full employment.
In the United States, stocks had a remarkable year in 2019, recording the largest yearly gain since 2013. Both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrials increased by 28.9 percent and 22.3 percent, respectively.
Brookfield, Wis. – March 5, 2020 – Cielo, the world’s leading strategic Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) partner, announced the acquisition of AsiaNet China, an RPO, executive search, recruitment, and payroll (HRO) business based in Shanghai.
“There’s major demand for RPO in the China market,” said Sue Marks, Cielo Founder and CEO. “This acquisition builds on our existing capability in China to better serve our regional and global customers. We’re also excited about the skills and capabilities of our new team members. We’ve worked closely with AsiaNet China since 2018, and we have great respect for their business, their leadership and their reputation for delivering positive results for their clients.”
AsiaNet China was founded by Daniel Liu in early 2000 and has offices in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Hong Kong. They serve customers across a range of industries including engineering, advanced manufacturing, life sciences, supply chain, infrastructure, construction and properties, automotive and technology. AsiaNet China and Cielo currently partner to provide in-country support to various Cielo clients.
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