The Safe Hiring Dream Team

Sometimes when I have a minute to sit and think about the people that I’ve met since we started Newton, I am humbled, really kind of amazed. If I were still in an HR or recruiting role, I would have any problem or question covered with a quick email or phone call.

So, today, as I was starting to put together some collateral  for our customers on resources for safe hiring, I sat back and looked at the experts that our clients have access to. It’s a safe hiring dream team.

Here is the starting forward line (it’s a hockey reference).

Starting Center

This week, Newton Software partnered with Employment Screening Resources  (ESR) to provide our customers with integrated background checks. ESR’s CEO is Les Rosen, a recognized expert in background screen. He, quite literally wrote the book on safe hiring. Les is also a frequent contributor to the ESRNEWS, the de facto news source for the background check industry

Catch Les on Newton’s upcoming webinar: Getting Started with Integrated Background Checks. Newton customers can register here.

Starting Wing

Another great partner of Newton and a wonderful resource for the HR community at large is Dr. Stephanie Thomas, is the Founder and CEO of Thomas Econometrics Inc., a firm specializing in quantitative solutions to complex, unstructured problems. She has provided economic and statistical consulting services to Fortune 500 companies, privately held businesses, and government agencies such as the Department of Justice and the FBI.

Stephanie is also the host of the popular podcast, The Proactive Employer, a resource for the latest news and commentary on workplace issues, HR best practices, employment litigation risk management and EEO and OFCCP compliance. The Proactive Employer focuses on issues of interest to HR professionals, compliance officers, corporate counsel, employment attorneys, expert consultants and others interested in workplace issues in the United States and around the world.

On a side note, The Proactive Employer will be hosting the Director of the OFCCP, Patricia Shiu on May 17th, 2012 to discuss the Department of Labor’s goal of “Good Jobs For Everyone” and how her Agency—OFCCP—is working to achieve that goal.  More to come on this.

Starting Wing

This week we’re also adding Carla Irwin to our cadre of partner experts. Carla is the founder and managing partner of Carla Irwin and Associates,  a firm that specializes in developing and implementing Affirmative Action Programs (AAP) for Federal Contractors. With clients ranging from small business to Fortune 100 corporations, Carla and her team supplement their  clients’ human resources functions with in-depth AAP knowledge and expert systems.

The team at Newton Software is obsessed with improving the areas of hiring that have been the hardest for employers to optimize. And, like fixing the problems that always seem to be overlooked or just accepted, we’re also always promoting the concepts of safe hiring. That is, we’re always looking for ways that our popular applicant tracking software can create and reinforce processes to help reduce the risks faced by our HR constituents.

Webinar: Getting Started with Integrated Background Checks

With Newton’s most recent release, we’ve created the most modern, easy-to-use integrated background check feature to date in the applicant tracking software world. Our customers now have  a sophisticated, real-time, audit and exception management tool inside of Newton to promote safe hiring. Simply put, we developed this feature to keep you safe and to help you be more efficient.

Newton customers and prospect are invited to join us for a Webinar to learn more about the Newton’s newest feature and meet Les Rosen, the most recognized expert in background screening and the CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a preferred partner of Newton’s

Here is the agenda for this session:
  • Steve Hazelton, Newton’s Head of Products, will start the Webinar by providing a brief demo of our integrated background check feature.
  • Les Rosen will discuss the basics of Safe Hiring and pre-employment screening and take your questions.
  • We’ll close with how Newton customers can get started.

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Register Here

Newton Software Seamlessly Integrates Background Checks Into Popular Applicant Tracking Software

Today we announced our newest feature, seamlessly integrated background checks.

Newton Applicant Tracking Software Press Release

Solving a real problem for employers

The research we conducted as part of this release confirmed what we had experienced as recruiting leaders for the past decade, the current pre-employment screening process is  inefficient and the service as a standalone is highly commoditized. Having been recruiters, our team understands that applicant tracking software marks the beginning of the talent chain and there are important processes that should be integrated seamlessly to improve efficiency, create transparency and track spend.  To date,  the majority of applicant tracking software vendors have treated integrations as an afterthought, forcing users to clunky integration pages and even insisting on batch data dumps. Today, the inefficiencies surrounding background checks has been solved.

Making background checks easier and safer

With this release, we’ve productized and systematized background checks. As such, we built a sophisticated, real-time update, audit and exception management tool inside of Newton. And, for the fulfillment end, we carefully selected vendors (our preferred partners) that have the technology today to connect with Newton seamlessly and are willing and able to provide our customers with significant additional value such as capturing release forms and PII (DOB, SSN#, etc) from applicants. This not only makes background checks simple to initiate, it also makes the entire process safer for employers by shifting the requests for sensitive data to background check providers, not employers’ HR departments. We then audit the entire process to provide real-time status for every background check requested, started and completed (or not completed) taking one of Newton’s key differentiators, transparency creation, to the next level.

Our team is obsessed with building technology that makes hiring easier

The team at Newton Software continues to be obsessed with improving the areas of hiring that have been the hardest for employers to optimize like hiring manager collaboration and decision making, easy job approvals, at-a-glance recruiting performance indicators, automated applicant notifications and now, pre-employment screens. This year we’ve got an aggressive release schedule aimed at more of the same – to solve the problems that make hiring difficult. We may not be reinventing the wheel. We’re just giving hiring an easier ride one thoughtful feature at a time.

Read the full press release here

Introducing Integrated Background Checks – Done Right.

Integrations come in many forms. Unfortunately, many applicant tracking software vendors treat integrations as an afterthought. Not at Newton. We understand that applicant tracking software marks the beginning of the talent chain and there are important processes that should be integrated seamlessly to improve efficiency, create transparency and track spend.

We’ve coined our integration strategy “S4″ (simple, smart, safe and stable) and all of the integrations that we design, build and support follow this methodology. Today, we’re excited to announce our latest integration category – background checks. Here’s a preview of our S4 approach to integrating pre-employment screening into the hiring process with Newton.

Simple: Any user can request a background check with one click but, only select people on your staffing or HR team can submit the information to a provider (no more wasted spend on unnecessary checks). Think better control.

Smart: Every background check is on one easy-to-read, real-time dashboard and the dashboard is updated automatically by our providers. Think mission control for background checks.

Safe: With Newton integrated background checks, you don’t need to capture any scary information like social security numbers, date of birth or even release forms. Our partners do it all for you and store it in a secure password protected environment.  Think less risk.

Stable: By working with a select group of pre-employment screening providers, we’ve gone beyond the industry standard integration. And, Newton monitors and maintains integrations so they work every time.  Think integrations you can rely on and trust.

At Newton Software, we’re always thinking of ways to help companies hire more efficiently and to improve those steps of the hiring process that used to seem like a big pain.  We’re thinking BIG.

To learn more about Newton’s  integrated, real-time background checks and our “preferred partners” please contact us at

Green is Go. Red is No.®

Hiring is, at its simplest, a linear process, characterized by discrete stages that are driven by yes and no decisions.  The easiest way to hire people faster is to eliminate wasted steps in your recruiting process and reduce periods of inactivity i.e. waiting. We design Newton to standardize the process of hiring by removing inefficient activities (i.e., friction) from the hiring process, reducing periods of inactivity (wasted time) and promoting decision making. Green is Go. Red is No.®

Here’s how it works:

Organizations that choose Newton get more than an easy-to-use applicant tracking system. They get a platform that’s designed around a proven, fully optimized workflow that promotes collaboration, captures critical data for compliance, and provides game-changing analytics. It’s not just a tool … it’s an infrastructure for recruiting.