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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.

The following versions of HR Open Standards are available for free public download. Click on a specific version to learn more about and download the components and key features.

Note that the consortium has 2 standards available for download:  HR-XML and HR-JSON. Please ensure you are downloading the appropriate version.


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Candidate Release

The 4.0 candidate release has not yet been approved by the HR Open Standards Consortium membership. Please note that the specifications may change before the official approval and release.

   JSON Timecard & Wellness 


Approved Releases Downloads

   Assessment Specification 
 Benefits Specification

 Contingent Staffing Specification 
   Employee Performance Management Specification
   Payroll Specification
   Provisioning Specification
   Recruiting Specification
   Screening Specification
   Time Management Specification 


Previous HR-XML Libraries

  3.1 Release (2010-09-21) 
  3.0 Release (2009-09-23) 
  2.6 Staffing Release (2015-05-01) 
  2.5 Release (2007-04-15) 


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