All of our forum members are our employees whom we're not worried about spamming our forum. Is there a way to set all our current users to "verified" to by pass spam filters, and to have new members automatically verified when they join?
You can use ranks for this. You can create one rank that would apply to all members and set "Verified" to "Bypass". You can read a little more about them here: http://blog.vanillaforums.com/features/using-vanilla-ranks/, and you can turn on the plugin on your addon page in the dashboard.
Let me know if you need anything else!