What's New for October '18

Safe Harbor Statement: Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other documents or public statements are not currently GENERALLY available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase Cornerstone OnDemand applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available.

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The following new features and enhancements are available for the October '18 release:

Compensation Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Data Load Wizard (DLW) Salary Load Deprecation in 2019 N/A See Core Features for more information.

Core Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
ADP Workforce Now Single Sign-On (SSO) Enable via Edge See Edge Integrate Features for more information.
Custom Reports - User Fields (Groups) Yes With this enhancement, administrators can report on group data, as it relates to users, in combination with other existing standard and custom fields.
Data Load Wizard (DLW) Salary Load Deprecation in 2019 N/A In 2019, Cornerstone will remove the option to load Compensation data via the Data Load Wizard (DLW). The exact timing of this is yet to be determined but will be announced in advance to give clients time to plan. To load Compensation data, clients will need to use the new Edge Import Employee Salary Load tool which was made available in the August '18 Release to clients with Compensation or Cornerstone HR and Data Load Wizard (DLW).
FTP Folder Access Yes

With this enhancement, the FTP Account Access page now also enables organizations to connect to their FTP account. If there is no FTP mapped to the portal, then a message is displayed to indicate this. In addition, the warning message that appears when resetting the FTP account password is updated to indicate that this does not impact users who connect to the FTP folder from within the portal.

This functionality will be available in a post-release patch.

Portal Security - WYSIWYG HTML Editor Validation Rules Yes

As part of Cornerstone’s ongoing commitment to client portal security and to provide a consistent user experience, we’re continuing to strengthen the security where the WYSIWYG HTML Editor is used. With the August ’18 Release, Cornerstone already strengthened portal security by validating that custom code on Custom and Welcome pages is within our Whitelisted Customized Elements. See Whitelisted Customizable Elements.

Planned for the October '18 Release, Cornerstone will enforce these same validation rules in other parts of your portal where the WYSIWYG HTML Editor is used.

Reporting 2.0 (Early Adopter) Yes, after enabling Reporting 2.0

In addition to smaller enhancements, the following highlighted features are available with the October '18 release:

  • Succession is now supported (support for Learning, Recruiting, Performance, and Extended Enterprise was introduced as part of previous releases).
  • Exception Reporting - Learning (Transcripts)
  • Pre-Built Templates
  • Aliasing
  • Additional Fields (Course Interaction, User Fields [Groups])
  • Usability Enhancements
Retirement of Current Workday Integration in March 2019 N/A

Last year, Workday announced the deprecation of its Cornerstone integration templates on March 9, 2019. Don't worry, we've got you covered.

Our Edge-ready integration, scheduled for Fall 2018, will replace existing functionality, including:

  1. Core Data (Users & Organization Units) Inbound integration from Workday to Cornerstone
  2. Completed Transcripts Outbound Integration from Cornerstone to Workday
RTDW Updates to Reporting API, RDW, and Data Exporter  

Impacting only clients using Reporting API, Replicated Data Warehouse, and Data Exporter, several Real-Time Data Warehouse categories will be deprecated, and the updates made may break applications, scripts, or functionality based on earlier versions of RTDW objects.

Ultimate Software's UltiPro Core Data Inbound Integration Enhancements Enable via Edge See Edge Integrate Features for more information.
Ultimate Software's UltiPro Single Sign-On (SSO) Enable via Edge See Edge Integrate Features for more information.
Welcome Page Preferences - Remove Customization Option Yes With this enhancement, if a Welcome page is customized for an organizational unit (OU), administrators can now remove the custom settings from the OU's Welcome page. This action can be done when editing the settings for that OU. When the custom settings are removed, the OU's Welcome page inherits the settings from the parent OU.
Workday Core Data Inbound Integration   See Edge Integrate Features for more information.

Cornerstone HR Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
e-days Absence Management - View Entitlement Balance and Absence History Enable via Edge

With this release, the e-days Absence Management integration is enhanced. Organizations that use e-days for absence management can now leverage this integration to enable users to quickly view their entitlement balances and absence history via a new My Absence Home dashboard. Users can also easily access their e-days account to request absences from their dashboard. This new dashboard is located within Universal Profile.

The My Absence Home page was released with the August 17, 2018 patch. The Request Absence button and My Requests section were released with the September 28, 2018 patch.

Forms - Before & After Changes for Approvers Yes

With this enhancement, when a form approver is reviewing a form that has updated values, they can see the current value next to the new value.

This enhancement will be released with the November 30, 2018 patch.

Org Chart - Hide Email and Phone Number Yes See View Features for more information.

Edge Develop Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Assessment Connector Enhancements Yes With this enhancement, organizations can select which fields are sent to their assessment provider during the integration setup in Edge. In addition, organizations can send additional fields to the assessment vendor during the initial request, eliminating the need for manual entry.

Edge Integrate Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
ADP Workforce Now Single Sign-On (SSO) Enable via Edge

With this enhancement, a new ADP Workforce Now Single Sign-On integration is now available from the Edge Marketplace. This enables organizations to quickly purchase, configure, and enable the integration.

Note: Organizations that have already implemented SSO from ADP to Cornerstone do not need to purchase and enable this integration.

This functionality will be available in a post-release patch.

e-days Absence Management - View Entitlement Balance and Absence History Enable via Edge See Cornerstone HR Features for more information.
First Advantage (FADV) Background Check Enhancements Enable via Edge See Recruiting Features for more information.
LinkedIn Recruiter System Connect Enable via Edge See Recruiting Features for more information.
Ultimate Software's UltiPro Core Data Inbound Integration Enhancements Enable via Edge

With this enhancement, organizations that are using the Ultimate UltiPro Core Data Inbound Integration can now specify the Tenant URL, which enables the organization to specify the correct UltiPro environment for the data sync, such as Production or Pilot. In addition, the default language preference that is set in UltiPro is now passed to Cornerstone, which is used when a user is created in Cornerstone; if the user's language is later updated in Cornerstone, the default language does not overwrite the user's new language setting. If the UltiPro default language preference is not available or enabled in Cornerstone, then the Cornerstone portal default language is used for the user. Lastly, when Cornerstone sends a summary email to the UltiPro integration contact, the email now specifies the environment in the email subject and attaches an audit log of all successes and failures; previously, only failures were included in the audit log.

This functionality will be available in a post-release patch.

Ultimate Software's UltiPro Signle Sign-On (SSO) Enable via Edge

The UltiPro Single Sign-On integration allows organizations to provide a seamless experience to their employees via Single Sign-On (SSO). Simply set up an outbound data feed from UltiPro to Kronos or the UltiPro Core Data Inbound Integration and enable this integration to allow your employees to log in to Cornerstone from UltiPro.

This functionality will be available in a post-release patch.

Workday Core Data Inbound Integration Enable via Edge

The new Workday Core Data Sync integration is for organizations using Workday as the source for their HCM data. This integration enables organizations to manage organizational units (OUs) and users in Workday, and have those changes flow into the Cornerstone system automatically. The inbound integration runs nightly (US-Pacific) and can be triggered on demand.

This functionality is not available during UAT. On October 26, this integration will be available for Production, Stage, and Pilot portals via the Edge Marketplace.

Workday Transcript Outbound Integration Enable via Edge

The new Workday Transcript Outbound integration is for organizations that are using the Learning module and using Workday as the source for their HCM data. This integration is a one-way sync of completed transcripts from Cornerstone to Workday. The outbound integration runs nightly (US-Pacific) and can be triggered on demand.

This functionality is not available during UAT. On October 26, this integration will be available for Production, Stage, and Pilot portals via the Edge Marketplace.

Engage Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Campaign Random Sampling Yes With this enhancement, Engage administrators can configure their campaign surveys so that they are sent a random subset of users within the selected campaign availability. This enables them to constantly monitor employee opinions at their organization through frequent recurring campaigns without overwhelming users with too many surveys.
Enhancements to Engage View-only Reporting Constraints Yes With this enhancement, the Engage permission for viewing Engage reporting supports a full range of permission constraints, allowing administrators to grant managers, HRBPs, indirect managers, and other users the appropriate level of access to view confidential Engage results for their teams and organizations.
Survey and Campaign Configurability Yes

With this enhancement, Engage administrators can do the following using new Engage campaign configuration options:

  • Configure a custom survey title for participants
  • Translate the Survey Title and Survey Name fields into other languages
  • Configure the header to feature your organization's corporate logo for Engage campaigns

Learning Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Auto Upgrade to Content Publishing Redesign with Online Course Versioning in 2019  

In 2019, Cornerstone will retire the Course Publisher, and all portals will be automatically upgraded to the Content Uploader with Online Course Versioning, which was made generally available during the October '17 release. The exact date of the automatic upgrade is yet to be determined, but is being announced far in advance to provide administrators with sufficient time to plan for the change.

Cornerstone Learn Curriculum Support   With a post-release patch, users of the Cornerstone Learn app will be able to launch curricula and view training items inside curricula from their transcripts via the Cornerstone Learn app. Users will also be able to launch and manage the training contained inside curricula on their transcripts.
Custom Banner Links in Cornerstone Learn Yes With this enhancement, when a user taps on a custom banner on the Learner Home page in the Cornerstone Learn app, the user is directed to the associated URL.
Custom Reports - Learning Fields Yes With this enhancement, updates and additions have been made to Custom Reporting to allow administrators to report on data related to Express Class.
Certification Usability Enhancements Yes

With this enhancement, the following updates have been made to Certification functionality:

  • Certification processes have been optimized on the backend to improve system performance and reduce errors
  • Any changes made to the validity period of a certification will trigger the creation of a new version

  • Several fields on the Certification Details page have been updated
  • A footer has been added to the Certification Details page
Deep Linking: Access to Current Version - Curriculum Yes

With this enhancement, when a user receives an email containing a deep link for an outdated version of a curriculum, clicking that deep link redirects the user to the Training Details page of that training. Then, at the top of the page, the user sees a notification message stating that the training is out of date, and the user can click a link to access the latest version.

Express Class (Early Adopter) Yes

With this Early Adopter enhancement, new Express Class functionality allows facilitators and administrators to quickly and easily document gathered learning after the learning takes place and give credit to the learners, from either a mobile or a desktop device. Express Class will undergo additional enhancement over the next several releases to support additional features and accommodate user feedback.

Learning Compliance Enhancements Yes

With the October 2018 release, the following Learning Compliance enhancements are available:

  • Online courses, materials, and videos in a Completed Equivalent status can be launched, so users can always access the latest documents
  • Additional custom field types can be audited
  • Inactive curricula are excluded from material and online course versioning
  • When reversioning a material using Versioning with Append, the Start Date time of the new version matches the End Date time of the previous version
  • The latest version of a curriculum, material, or online course is automatically assigned when a user is reassigned a previously-removed curriculum, material, or online course.
  • A new option is available which allows the learning assignment to override all prior due dates for training contained in the assignment.

The following feature was released in the Sept 7 2018 patch:

  • Curricula versioning can be applied to dynamic and dynamic recurring learning assignments, and a new filter and column have been added to the Dynamic Assignment Details table to identify the assignment type.

Additional compliance enhancements will also be released in post-release patches.

PayPal Payment Gateway (Early Adopter) - Refund & Session Support No

With this enhancement, the PayPal Payment Gateway integration supports transaction management features, eliminating the need to perform additional bookkeeping for refunds. This functionality includes automatic refunds for users who withdraw from sessions.

In addition, in a post-release patch, a Tax Calculator integration will be made available for use with PayPal Payment Gateway, allowing organizations to calculate taxes dynamically using Cybersource and accept payments using PayPal.

Workday Transcript Outbound Integration   See Edge Integrate Features for more information.

Mobile Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Cornerstone Learn Curriculum Support   With a post-release patch, users of the Cornerstone Learn app will be able to launch curricula and view training items inside curricula from their transcripts via the Cornerstone Learn app. Users will also be able to launch and manage the training contained inside curricula on their transcripts.

Onboarding Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Forms - Before & After Changes for Approvers Yes See Cornerstone HR Features for more information.

Performance Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Custom Reports - Performance Fields Yes With this enhancement, a new Reopened field is now available when creating a Performance Review custom report. This field returns a Yes or No value that indicates whether the performance review step was reopened. This field is available in the Performance Review section of the Performance Review custom report.
Development Plan Redesign Enhancements Yes, when redesigned Development Plans are enabled. This functionality was released with the August 17, 2018 patch.

With this enhancement, the following features have been added:

  • Redesigned development plans are displayed in the Actions tab of Universal Profile and the corresponding "Your Action Items" Welcome Page widget, if configured in the widget settings.
  • Administrators can use the relative system role "approver" as the approver for redesigned development plans. This is configured in Development Plan Preferences.
Performance Review Task Administrator Visibility Enhancement Yes With this enhancement, administrators can now control which administrators can view and administer each performance review task. This access is managed with a new Performance Review Task - Manage permission and a new Admin Visibility section within the task settings.

Recruiting Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Assessment Connector Enhancements Enable via Edge See Edge Develop Features for more information.
Candidate Password Reset Yes

This enhancement was released as part of the 7 September 2018 Patch Release.

With this enhancement, recruiters can now reset a candidate's password. This provides an alternative workflow for recovering candidate accounts by allowing users who have the appropriate permission to change the password.

Compliance Update to Flattened Application Yes

This functionality will be available as part of the 9 November 2018 post-release patch.

With this enhancement, the employer's name, logo (from Corporate Preferences), and address (from the requisition) will be added to all flattened applications (i.e., the PDF version of the application) to support Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compliance requirements.

Custom Fields on Mobile-Friendly Career Site Yes, after self-enabling Mobile-Friendly Candidate Experience (Early Adopter) on Career Site Management

This functionality will not be available in Stage portals at the start of user acceptance testing (UAT) but will be available during the third week of UAT.

With this enhancement, portals that have enabled Mobile-Friendly Candidate Experience (Early Adopter) can now add Custom Requisition Fields as filters on their mobile-friendly career sites. This lets you have a number of custom filters on your career sites so that candidates can search for jobs based on all of those different types of custom filters, for example, compensation type, salary, experience level, or job function.

First Advantage (FADV) Background Check Enhancements Enable via Edge With this enhancement, additional job requisition data will be passed automatically to First Advantage (FADV) so that the data does not need to be entered manually in FADV by the recruiter.
LinkedIn Recruiter System Connect Enable via Edge

LinkedIn Recruiter System Connect bridges the information gap between Cornerstone Recruiting and LinkedIn Recruiter by making candidate communication, notes, and application information available in both places. With this integration, a recruiter will no longer need to look up a candidate in both systems to get a complete picture of the candidate.

Manage Candidates (Early Adopter) – Configurable Columns Yes, after self-enabling Manage Candidates via Feature Activation Preferences With this enhancement, recruiters can now configure the columns on the Manage Candidates page to best suit their needs. This lets individual recruiters customize which columns display and the order in which they display.
Mobile-Friendly Career Sites - Support Google Analytics Yes, after self-enabling Mobile-Friendly Candidate Experience (Early Adopter) on Career Site Management

This enhancement improves the usability of mobile-friendly career sites by allowing support for Google Analytics in advanced headers and footers.

As part of this project, Javascript is also supported in advanced headers and footers and will properly reflected in mobile-friendly career sites for portals that are configured to allow Javascript.

Offer Letter Emails: Update to Next Approver and Next Notification Only Approver Recipients Yes This enhancement eliminates the duplicate emails that were being sent to certain recipient types of the Offer Pending Approval email.
Optimizing Mobile-Friendly Career Sites for Indexing by Search Engines Yes, after self-enabling Mobile-Friendly Candidate Experience (Early Adopter) on Career Site Management With this enhancement, jobs posted to mobile-friendly career sites can now show on Google Jobs and Indeed search engines. Options are added to the Career Site Settings page for mobile-friendly career sites so that administrators can enable the site to be indexed by search engines.
Retirement of Apply with LinkedIn 1.0   LinkedIn is sun-setting their current version of Apply with LinkedIn by the end of 2018. Clients who have a LinkedIn Recruiter contract, or a LinkedIn corporate account with active LinkedIn job slots, can leverage the new Apply with LinkedIn (With Apply Starters). The new Apply with LinkedIn (With Apply Starters) will only be supported on mobile friendly workflows.
Retirement of Mobile Optimized Career Site Support   Following the October ’18 Release, Cornerstone will remove the option “Enable Mobile Site” from the Standard Career Site. To create a mobile supported career site after the October ’18 Release, clients will need to create a Mobile-Friendly Career Site on the Career Site Management page. Mobile optimized career sites created prior to the October ’18 Release will be able to continue to be used, but Cornerstone will no longer support fixing defects for mobile optimized career sites and when copied, “Enable Mobile Site” will no longer be an option.
Updates to Veteran's Preference Questions Yes

This enhancement was released as part of the 28 September 2018 Patch Release.

A new Veteran Status question is added to Compliance Enablement Preferences. In addition, this enhancement updates the text in the Veteran Status (Part 60-250) question.

Succession Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Org Chart - Hide Email and Phone Number Yes See View Features for more information.

View Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Org Chart - Hide Email and Phone Number Yes

This enhancement was released as part of the 7 September 2018 Patch Release.

With this enhancement, administrators can hide a user's email and phone number on the user card flyout on the org chart. This feature can be enabled or disabled in Org Chart Preferences.