ACCPAC International, Inc. announced today the release of ACCPAC HR Series 5.0, providing HR managers and employees with more tools to automate HR processes and enabling them to re-focus efforts on more strategically important activities. The new release includes a Correspondence Wizard to streamline employee communications, additional self-service features, and a new interface that enhances navigation for easier day-to-day use. ACCPAC HR Series is designed for small and mid-size companies with from 25 to 2,500 employees operating in any industry. It enables businesses to effectively collect, manage, calculate and report on employee data and to track critical details such as attendance, benefits, compensation and COBRA compliance.

“Businesses want technology to simplify their processes so managers can spend more time on larger issues that positively impact employees and the business as a whole,” said ACCPAC Vice President, Product Management, Craig Downing. “With ACCPAC HR Series 5.0, HR managers have more tools to streamline their work while providing employees with direct access to the HR information they need.”

Among the new features in ACCPAC HR Series 5.0 are:

Correspondence Wizard – The new Employee Correspondence Wizard enables HR managers to quickly distribute standard communications to employees through the mail or through e-mail.

New Interface – A new interface provides an updated layout with new icons and easy-to-use navigation tools. In addition, a redesigned Employee Finder simplifies and speeds employee record lookups.

Customizable Self-Service Instructions – Management of the comprehensive Employee Self-Service module has been enhanced with the ability to customize text to provide more detailed instructions for employees who use Self-Service functions.

More Self-Service Data – Cell phone numbers, secondary email addresses, hotel numbers and any other form of alpha-numeric contact information can now be recorded in the Employee Self-Service module.

Additional Approval and Security Rules for Self-Service – Managers can now choose to approve or decline changes that their employees make in the HR Series Self-Service module before it takes effect. In addition, new security options have been added for My Self and My Family, including View, Change, and No Access.

“Businesses looking for greater efficiency in their HR processes need to take a serious look at automation software like ACCPAC HR Series and especially its Employee Self-Service module,” said Sandy Needham, President of American European Consulting Company of New York. “The self-service feature gives employees secure access to their personal, benefits and attendance information whenever and wherever they want, just by using a Web browser. That relieves HR staff from elementary tasks and gives employees greater control. Now, with new features like the ability to control approvals, managers have even better tools for monitoring changes and counseling employees.”

ACCPAC HR Series is available in Corporate and Enterprise Editions. It can be operated alone or integrated with other ACCPAC end-to-end business management applications that include accounting, payroll, customer relationship management, and warehouse management, among others. ACCPAC HR Series also integrates with ADP payroll.

Pricing and AvailabilityACCPAC HR Series is available from ACCPAC Solutions Providers starting at $1,000 (USD) for a 25-employee system. For the name of an ACCPAC Solution Provider, please contact ACCPAC at or call 1-800-945-8007.