Mann Acquires AI; WTW Launches Skills Analytics Platform

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Alexander Mann Solutions acquired Karen HR, developers of a “cognitive recruiting assistant” that integrates with existing ATS systems to quickly rank resumes against job openings engage with jobseekers via chat or SMS. AMS said the acquisition extends its global engineering capabilities and supports its growth.

Willis Towers Watson launched SkillsVue, an analytics platform that uses WTW’s compensation data and machine learning to analyze real-time skills data and calculate granular valuations of skills and their impact on pay.

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Harassment claims are on the rise, according to HR Acuity’s Third Annual Employee Relations Benchmark Study. Increases in sexual harassment allegations were reported by 53 percent of the organizations surveyed. Fifty-one percent reported a rise in non-sexual harassment issues and 45 percent expected harassment claims to increase again in the next 12 months. In addition to harassment, HR Acuity said the areas with the heaviest growth of incidents were unprofessional conduct/policy violations (56 percent), accommodation requests (49 percent), workplace bullying (47 percent) and discrimination (43 percent).

Background and screening firm First Advantage announced an integration with Oracle Cloud, which is available through the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. The integration allows customers to configure screening solutions for their unique requirements, including custom consents, disclosures and electronic signatures.

Ideal’s AI for Recruiting is available in SAP’s App Center. Integrated with SAP SuccessFactors’ Recruiting solution, Ideal’s AI provides high-volume hiring recommendations and automation improvements.

Digi-Me released a new dashboard feature designed to help its clients record 60-second video job ads or create personalized introductions through their own web cams. To help users, a teleprompter is included in the solution, allowing them to read a script or view notes while talking.

Businessolver expanded its MyChoice Market to offer benefits options to traditionally non-benefits-eligible employee populations. Fully integrated with its Benefitsolver platform, the expansion allows freelancers, independent contractors, gig workers, part-time and seasonal employees to take advantage of benefits they can take with them when changing jobs or ending a contract, the company said.

Appcast, a provider of programmatic job advertising software, announced a strengthened integration with online employment marketplace ZipRecruiter that will allow advertisers to analyze click and apply data when using its Clickcast solution. The company also unveiled an Automatic Bidding feature, which allows advertisers to pace available job-ad budget over a set period of time.  

Namely and business-travel platform TripActions have partnered to help clients connect employee data between their systems to simplify onboarding for business travel. The companies said the integration streamlines travel policy management and approvals.

Symphony Talent launched an analytics tool in its XCLOUD platform to provide users with a complete view of all touchpoints in the candidate journey. The technology stores and analyzes talent marketing data including paid ads, social, conversational messaging, organic search exposure and all aspects of the careers web site experience. The influencers report attributes all of the marketing funnel touchpoints that have impacted each application and hire.  

OpenSesame added Mind Channel to its OpenSesame Plus subscription service. Mind Channel creates short employee training courses localized into English, Spanish, French and Brazilian Portuguese. OpenSesame Plus includes content from more than 6,000 sources.

Recruiting software developer Jobsoid announced new versions of its mobile apps for Android and iOS. The company said the apps help hiring teams post to multiple job boards, communicate with candidates, schedule interviews and collaborate from their mobile phones.

My Ally announced an onboarding solution for enterprise customers that’s intended to reduce new-employee churn and automate tasks for hiring managers. Highly customizable, the tool allows for different onboarding experiences based on seniority, function and industry.

Mentoring software provider MentorcliQ closed $6.3 million in growth funding, bringing the company’s total raised since 2016 to more than $11 million. Leading the round is Plymouth Growth Partners. All previous investors—including Rev1 Ventures, Ohio TechAngels Fund and Pixel Perfect Ventures—participated as well.

The HR Technology Conference & Exposition said it partnered with the Randstad Innovation Fund to offer a $25,000 prize to the winner of its second annual Pitchfest, plus a $5,000 gig economy prize. Pitchfest will take place during the HR Tech Conference during October 1 through 4.

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