What’s New

January 14, 2021

  • Task due dates can now be removed completely
  • Additional information when sending bulk file completion reminders
  • Improved edibility for PTO requests that are eligible to be edited
  • Improved ability to save edits to PTO policies
  • Preview button for Onboarding pages is now consistently available

January 7, 2021

  • Additional information while deleting a PTO policy has been added.
  • Fixed some layout issues around sharing pre-existing files with an employee that does not have any through their Files page.

December 3, 2020

  • We’ve added a new Notes section to the company data exports
  • Fixed an issue with review email links for HR Managers
  • Account Owners will be able to view all responses when they are a participant in a review

November 12, 2020

  • Events that occurred on January 1st now display correctly within the Calendar
  • Some users reported difficulties clicking Intercom

November 5, 2020

  • All pre-existing Job Descriptions should now be available when updating a Profile page

October 29, 2020

  • Some users reported issues regarding a null value being presented under “days since last review” in an in-progress Review.
  • File configuration options while uploading a file directly on an Employee’s File page should now be available.

October 22, 2020


October 15, 2020

  • Better wording to help explain how enable/disable works for template questions
  • Fixed a validation issue that was impacting the ability to sign off on a review

October 8, 2020

  • Better iconography while choosing a Review template while creating Reviews
  • Managers no longer have access to Review templates

October 5, 2020


September 16, 2020

  • Review meetings now show up within the calendar for both the Manager and Employee.
  • HR Managers now have the ability to see an Employee’s SSN from their profile page.
  • Some users who did not have a bio were seeing the word “null” instead of it being blank.
  • Holidays listings for adding and updating custom holidays should now display correctly.
  • Minor UI improvements to Management Information and Compensation within the Employee profile.

August 26, 2020

  • Better display and formatting of Job Description descriptions
  • Choosing to create a digital file from the empty state now pre-selects value on next step
  • Choose policies within Exports now displays correctly while on multiple rows
  • Drag and drop of Onboarding task order now successfully saves

August 25, 2020

  • When an employee is resigned / terminated in Kin they should no longer show on the calendar
  • Review meeting emails now include timezone
  • Better formatting of Employee profile page
  • Employee Objective emails now include Employee’s last initial

July 30, 2020

  • When editing an existing Employee Note and share with a manager, the checkbox to share this with a manager will now remember your past selections.

July 9, 2020

  • New filter to toggle archived employees/policies from Time-off Reports
  • Carry over time has been added to Data Exports
  • You can now edit or delete a comment from an Onboarding page
  • Adding Time-off policies or Files to an employee that does not have them can now be done from their respective pages directly

July 1, 2020

  • Fixed an issue in which configuring a PTO policy carry-over in days was always displaying in hours. This should now reflect the unit of measure chosen during configuration.

June 25, 2020

  • When clicking a “please sign this file” task from an Onboarding page, it is now redirected to the file itself rather than the Tasks page.

June 11, 2020

  • Personal email addresses are now included within Data Exports
  • Employees are now able to be added to a pre-existing e-signature file

June 4, 2020

  • Personal email addresses are now included within Data Exports
  • When editing a Time-off request the original dates of the request are replaced within the Activity Feed. The original request information is now saved.

June 1, 2020

  • When editing a pre-existing Time-off policy, any carry over  time is now displayed on the review screen
  • When filtering the new Calendar by “Only people I manage” should now properly display as such
  • When editing a pre-existing Calendar event in which certain employees were selected, and then changing it to “all employees”, the event will be properly updated

May 21, 2020

  • When selecting new values from a dropdown, the dropdown itself will now open with the pre-selected value in view.

May 14, 2020

  • Instructions attached to Employee Reviews now recognize line breaks within all notification emails.
  • Better messaging when moving a past time-off request into a time-off policy that isn’t active yet.
  • After deleting an employee a manager type will now be redirected back to the employee list rather than their own profile.

April 30, 2020

  • Issue regarding employee selection checkbox list not displaying correctly with Apple Safari.
  • Sharing a pre-existing file through the Manage Company Files now allows you to properly share it with additional employees.
  • When editing a pre-existing file, the toggle for completion requirement now visually represents state.

April 23, 2020

  • Support for line-breaks within redesigned Reviews feedback, instructions, etc.

April 13, 2020

  • Language tweaks to contextual menu within file upload pages.
  • Employee compensation section within Profile now displays better on smaller screens.
  • Updated iconography within Manage PTO.
  • Clicking on a link to view employee files from search results while also viewing a different employee’s files will now properly take you to the requested page.

April 6, 2020

  • Statuses for managers has been updated to provide more context within a review.
  • Files listing page now loads quicker for larger data sets.
  • Fixed an issue with filtering within Tasks. Previously if no results were available with active filters, all filters would display rather than none.
  • Time-off reports will now return accurate historical data when choosing date range and individual policies.
  • Information regarding how much your billing rate will be if on a per-user plan has been adjusted to reflect correct amount.

March 26, 2020

  • Personal phone numbers are now included in Data Exports

March 24, 2020

  • Print styles have been updated on a completed Review for better readability
  • Tasks on overview page no longer include a bug in displaying Employee review language for each task
  • Alignment issues on Login page with Google
  • In-progress Reviews now display an employees correct PTO balance

March 17, 2020


March 9, 2020

  • PTO balance adjustments now display more contextual information within activity feed
  • Time-off reports now include any requests made by a terminated employee
  • Inactivity timeout has been increased to two hours
  • Typo on work schedules time formatting

February 12, 2020

  • Calculations for accrual based PTO policies now display an available value that takes into account any pending or upcoming requests you may have
  • Updated UI for creating and managing e-Signature documents
  • Updated “Welcome to Kin” email

February 6, 2020

  • Support for deep-links into Kin without providing any user information to do so
  • All accordion items should now toggle open/closed properly
  • Fetching timezones globally was causing issues silently

January 31, 2020

  • Fixed an issue surrounding adding tasks to a saved but non-published Onboarding page.
  • If a time-off request is created with notes, and then edited, the notes will no longer be removed.
  • When viewing an individual employee objective, the back button will now properly take you to their objective list.

January 22, 2020

  • Calculations for accrual policies that have work schedules longer than 8 hours in a work day should now properly accrue.

January 9, 2020

  • In-progress and completed objectives should now be properly associated and assigned to a Review.
  • Some users reported issues accepting an invite from a pre-existing company if they themselves already had a pre-existing account.
  • Additional employees can now be successfully added to a pre-existing Calendar event.
  • Sometimes editing and saving a pre-existing Employee Note did not save properly.

December 19, 2019

  • Managers now have the ability to adjust the calculated unit of measure from hours or days within a Time-off policy
  • Users can no longer accept invites using email addresses or usernames that exist in the company they’re attempting to join
  • In some cases users had difficulties viewing custom fields within an Employee’s profile

December 12, 2019

  • We have increased the amount of time allowed for larger file uploads across the entire application
  • When creating a new employee the start date no longer has any restrictions for past dates

December 5, 2019

  • When assigning Tasks to an Employee’s Onboarding page the accordion title now properly displays a count of pre-selected tasks
  • When adding comments to a PTO request, rich-text characters are now properly rendered
  • The helper callout for an account that does not currently have any Holidays now displays a single call to action to get started

November 21, 2019

  • Logos provided on any associated Tool listed in Employee Onboarding or Tools view are now a bit larger in size.
  • Adjustments to upload timestamps provided while uploading files.
  • Issue regarding managing Employee PTO and utilizing links within sidebar

November 7, 2019

  • Job Descriptions within the dropdown on the Employee Profile page are now alphabetized.
  • All dates within an Activity Feed are no longer displayed in relative terms but rather the date of the activity itself.
  • Fixed an issue where saving users to a specific sub-group was not properly saving.
  • Similar issue while saving users to a Calendar event.
  • Time-off reports now properly export based on filters selected.

October 31, 2019

  • When approving or denying an employee’s time-off request the alert text now has better formatting.
  • Added “Time-off” as filter category within the Calendar view.
  • Employee review empty state now has proper adverbs in language.
  • Manage Reviews empty state now has a better link to the Kin help center.
  • Tools that do not have an image now receive a default icon.
  • Removed all haunted bits of code.
  • Sharing pre-existing files with a brand new employee that does not have files now works properly.
  • Links for removing a pre-existing user from the HR Support role should now properly display.
  • When editing a pre-existing company event from the Calendar, pre-existing employee selections are now displayed by default.

October 24, 2019

  • Tools on an employee onboarding page now has better vertical spacing and alignment.
  • Data exports time-off policies listings now come with a Select all button for easier management.
  • Editing a time-off request on behalf of an employee and then hitting the Cancel button now routes you to the proper location.
  • Time-off reports now display the correct unit of measurement for a corresponding time-off item based on what’s set within the policy.
  • When adding multiple Reviews from multiple reviewers, you’re now properly able to select employees for each additional Reviewer.
  • In-progress employee reviews now display proper empty language regarding a review section with no feedback.

October 18, 2019

  • When editing a time-off policy that included decimal points in the time allowed it now allows you to properly save your edits.
  • Time-off carry over values now properly display in their specified unit of measure (days or hours).

October 9, 2019

  • Previously added birthdays can now be removed from your Profile.
  • While setting up an Employee’s Onboarding tasks, each group can now be selected all/none independently.
  • Viewing Employee PTO requests will no longer produce an error rendering the page.
  • Additional instructions attached to an Employee’s Onboarding page will now properly display.
  • Updating a pro-rated amount for an individual Employee’s PTO policy balance now properly saves.

October 3, 2019

  • Better handling of users attempting to sign up using a previously cancelled account.
  • You can now specify any category while creating a document that requires signatures.
  • Better layout of some sections within an Employee Profile on screens with a smaller width.
  • Review accruals now display correctly within the Time-off setup review page.
  • Archived PTO requests are now viewable within the past time-off table on an Employees PTO page.
  • Custom holiday creation now allows for selection of an individual policy.

September 26, 2019

  • All login pages include tooltip with information about our background photos.
  • Support for pre-defined 2020 Company Holidays.
  • Most employee selections now only include employees with an Employment Status of “active”.
  • Data Exports employee selection includes a Group by option for Employment Status.
  • All preview onboarding buttons now display correctly within Safari.
  • Onboarding tasks include the appropriate page title information.

September 19, 2019

  • Managing categories for Files, Reviews, and Employee Notes can be done from each respective listing view.
  • Categories can now be created while creating or editing an Employee note.
  • Future Time-off requests for Time-off policies with an effective date within the future now display on an Employee Time-off page.
  • Employee Onboarding pages now also highlight an Employee’s Manager.
  • Time-off requests now show consistent timing within an Employee’s Time-off page.
  • Editing a Time-off request that includes beak time will now properly save.
  • Editing a Time-off request that includes carry over will now properly save.
  • Filtering a Manage Review listing by Reviewer or Employee now properly toggles based on filtering.
  • When editing a Calendar event the time associated to the saved event will now properly display.
  • Employee’s can no longer see a link to edit an Active Task.
  • HR Managers are now able to remove certain Employees’ from the Manage Roles page.
  • While configuring a PTO policy, leaving a carry over amount value blank will now register as an unlimited amount.

September 12, 2019

  • Employee Bio has been updated to display start date rather than relative language around when they started in the past.
  • A past Time-off request on the Time-off overview page will now link to the appropriate edit or view page.
  • Global search should now ignore a wide range of additional function keys

September 9, 2019

  • Upcoming Events within the Today view has been updated to include all types of events as well as the ability to view events within Today, 7 days, and 30 days.
  • Time-off page has been updated to include all upcoming as well as all past Time-off requests that a user has ever made.
  • Employee Review default filters have been updated to no longer contain “Not Started” filtering.
  • Any in-progress Objectives present during an Employee Review will remain listed regardless of status once the Review has been signed off by both parties.
  • Time-off Reports now includes a “total” per each segmented grouping of data.
  • API signups now include better error messaging.
  • Managing Company Holidays has now been condensed into a single cohesive layout for both Common Holidays and Custom Holidays.
  • Employee Milestones and Birthdays were incorrectly displaying one day off within the Calendar.
  • Search results now return additional Employee listing options for Managers.
  • Date of Birth is no longer required to add an Employee.
  • If a user does not have an avatar, it will now properly display their initials within the sidebar.
  • Clicking the files link to an individual employee result within Search will now take you to their Files listing page.
  • Time-off policies can no longer be created without providing a work schedule.
  • A user can now request Time-off on a policy that is still within a waiting period.
  • A recently added Employee’s information now remains editable until the invite has been accepted and account has been setup by the Employee.

August 15, 2019

  • Better field validation for first and last name within a users Profile.
  • Employee PTO requests that are currently denied will no longer automatically approve upon edit.
  • Groups of information on an Employee’s profile now display an indication of optional if all associated fields within the group are not required.
  • When sorting the Share pre-existing files listing by category, they now properly sort by category.
  • Calendar events with longer titles and start times that started in double digits had difficulties displaying on a single line.
  • When creating a PTO policy and adding an effective date, the calendar had previously partially displayed off-screen.
  • All errors regarding submission of Billing information now properly notify the user of any issues regarding their info.

August 8, 2019

  • Added new notifications when form validation errors are present within an accordion item.
  • Validation rules on Profile have been relaxed to allow for more flexible info.
  • Bank account info within a Profile now allow for commas.
  • Employee notes now have an option to be shared with the Employee’s manager or be kept private.
  • You can now edit the time-off waiting period on a pre-existing policy.
  • Employees can now see their rate of accrual for a PTO policy that has a waiting period.
  • Time-off reports now include a “total” tally for some report tables.
  • When a manager-type is viewing an Employee’s review page, they no longer have the option to filter by “Not Started”.
  • When sorting shared employees from a File detail page, if no employees are present for a certain sort, the options to continue sorting will remain visible.
  • When signing off on a Review as a reviewer, if you provide Final thoughts, they will now properly save.
  • While updating or creating onboarding tasks, they now have proper optional due date fields.
  • Manager types can now properly replace a pre-existing File.
  • You can now filter the Calendar to only show employees you are a manager of.
  • Move and Remove links for an Employee’s PTO policy are now only visible for HR Managers and Account Owners.
  • Time-off events spanning longer than a calendar month will now properly display the entire range of time within the Calendar.

August 1, 2019

  • Quick-tip within search results about being able to search without typing into the search field itself.
  • Color contrast of UI elements has been updated site wide
  • When saving data within Custom data types within a user’s profile, the order in which the data was provided will save as well
  • Manager-types can now deselect a manager from a Employee’s profile
  • Social media links can now be successfully removed from a Employee’s profile
  • Avatar can now be successfully deleted
  • Only certain types of users now have the ability to remove a compensation item from an Employee’s profile
  • Employee notes and note categories can now be successfully created and updated without errors
  • Reviews can now be signed on a mobile device
  • When manager-types are viewing an Employee’s Review’s listing page, they’ll no longer be presented with the ability to sort by “Not Started” as a status

July 24, 2019

  • New Kin is finally live!
  • This What’s New page. #Kinception
  • HR Managers can now view both Account Owners as well as other HR Managers from the Manage Roles page
  • Review categories now display for all employee Reviews listing pages
  • Better redirection when editing employee objectives
  • Task detail pages properly display longer titles on multiple lines
  • Minor inconsistencies when running certain types of reports from the Time-off reports page
  • Profile address fields now accept a wider range of character inputs
  • Employee Time-off requests will now properly display the unit in which their associated PTO policy is configured as
  • Manager-types can now have Reviews created for them regarding any employee
  • Updated categories saved to notes will now properly save

July 18, 2019

  • Page titles no longer overlap primary content. When visiting a page with a title once you are no longer at the top of the page, the title will auto hide
  • While saving an onboarding page you can now preview it instantly
  • Creating an Active Task now has support for an optional due date
  • Manager types are no longer required to have an HR Manager assigned to them within their Profile
  • An HR Manager can now sign off on their own Review
  • Files listing pages now include a new sortable Category column
  • When searching for employees while viewing another employee, the page should now properly navigate you to the search result
  • Generating a time-off balances report now functions without the need for a start date
  • Inital comments or questions on an Onboarding page are now properly saved and can be accessed by an Onboarding page itself
  • Various minor UI improvements

July 11, 2019

  • Any unsaved info added to a Review is remembered if a user is logged out due to inactivity or navigates away from the page
  • Employee anniversary date is now visible in their Profile
  • Employees can now access their Onboarding page at that time from the sidebar
  • A new user’s email address can be updated prior to sending an invite to Kin
  • Sorting by category within the Files directory will also sort based on numeric values
  • Special characters can now be used within address files in a Profile
  • Making edits now properly save on a PTO request that is pending
  • Onboarding tasks prior to a new employee’s start date display the correct dates in the past
  • When sharing a file with an employee, you can now properly choose a new category before sharing

June 27, 2019

  • Filtering of list-type layouts is now remembered across sessions. No longer will these reset once you log out.
  • Searching Kin can now be done by typing anywhere within the application.
  • Our global action menu now includes both management and personal actions within one menu for all manager-type user accounts.
  • Added clarifications regarding Custom Data Types and their visibility.
  • Manager-types can now edit an employees email address prior to sending them an invite.
  • When configuring a PTO policy we now properly denote “max number of days/hours allowed” based on the unit in which your policy is configured to use.
  • Time-off Reports now proplerly filters based on a date range.
  • Calendar subscriptions for iCal, Google, etc. now properly filter based on your search.
  • Fixed an issue when selecting employees to share a pre-existing file.
  • When a manager is entering Time-off on behalf of an employee, it will not longer display a pop-up for manager approval.

June 20, 2019

  • Objectives now have a new cohesive page to manage directly as well as provide any updates within the same page
  • Objectives listing page includes a status column
  • Active Tasks listing page contains new Status filter menu rather than a tabbed navigation
  • Employee Reviews listing page contains new Status filter menu rather than a tabbed navigation
  • All page filter menus now have a visual indication of applied default filters
  • Page filter menus will also auto-hide once a user is no longer hovering over them with their mouse
  • All user-selected filters will persist within the following pages: Employee Directory, Employee Reviews, Active Tasks, and Files
  • Calendar actions for subscribing, adding events, etc. have been rearranged to be more consistent with other top level actions within Kin
  • All Calendar items now display full name of employee as well as new alignment for partial day events
  • Employee Reviews listing page has a default sort based on Review status
  • Files listing page has a default sort based on File last updated
  • When providing bank account information within an Employee profile, it now supports alpha-numeric characters
  • Employee profiles had previously been displaying duplicate custom data types
  • Reviews had previously been able to be edited if a party had signed off previously
  • Employees can no longer make a PTO request to a policy they were previously associated with
  • A pre-existing employee first and last name can now be edited from their Profile page
  • Fixed errors with validation preventing the exporting of PTO policies
  • Fixed updating break time in a pre-existing PTO policy schedule
  • Fixed issue of past invoices rendering within Billing & Payments

June 6, 2019

  • Added the ability to change a category on a pre-existing file
  • Time-off policy name now displays on Calendar if the policy itself has that option selected
  • Updated the default selection of “Include break time” checkbox when requesting Time-off
  • Updated validation ruleset on adding Compensation to an employee’s profile or when adding an employee
  • Fixed the ability to choose a pre-existing file to share with an employee by clicking the checkbox to select a file
  • Added the ability to specify a last day of employment when choosing Resigned or Leave of Absence from an employee’s Profile employment status select box
  • Updated the label on creating a new employee note to be “Save changes”
  • All large filter dropdown menus are now able to be scrolled vertically within their container that has a max-height assigned to them
  • Employee end date now showing for Resigned, Terminated, and Leave of Absence
  • A Reviewers final thoughts are now visible at all times regardless if an employee has signed off on the Review itself
  • When saving edits made to an employees, you are now redirected to that employee’s objectives listing page
  • Fixed back button link destination when backing out of editing an Employee’s bio
  • When sorting by Due Date on the Active Tasks page, it should now display in the appropriate order
  • Fixed default value for username on Employee profile if no username has been provided

May 30, 2019

  • Updated how a time off requests interact with work schedules. When a user selects a policy from the drop-down it will set the start and end times for the selected date based on the policy’s work schedule by default
  • Added the ability to add an employee to an existing PTO policy from their time off page
  • Added the ability to remove or move an employee from a policy they are assigned to from their time off page
  • Fixed the display of the time off reporting date filter drop-down
  • Fixed calculation display when editing time off policy available balances
  • Updated employee profile validation to support special language characters in names
  • Added missing create task button to the onboarding tasks page
  • Fixed the display of PTO messaging when a user requests time off to include break time and use the selected policy’s work schedule
  • Fixed the display of PTO messaging for when a user requests less than 1 day off
  • Fixed validation for PTO requests regarding start and end times
  • Fixed an error which would appear when switching between countries on the common holidays page
  • Fixed the display of the policies drop-down component for unlimited policy types when making a time off request
  • Fixed the onboarding tasks assigned to drop-down component
  • Fixed an error which would occur when displaying an employee’s profile

May 23, 2019

  • Added the ability to cancel a pre-existing Time-off request.
  • Added the ability for a HR Manager or Manager to notify an Employee of any changes they make to their profile, Time-off requests, Biography, and Objectives.
  • Added the ability to toggle pending PTO requests and management on the Calendar.
  • Fixed issue where users were having difficulties viewing the details of a PTO request.
  • Fixed the display of Add Review from an employees Review page if they don’t have any pre-existing Reviews assigned to them.
  • Fixed an issue when viewing an accrual chart on a PTO policy, it now correctly displays the appropriate “Days” or “Hours” unit amount within the tooltip.

May 20, 2019

  • Employee list filtering for status, locations, work groups, management, etc.
  • Employees no longer see Sign or Complete file after the file has been completed.