“Six companies led by Google Inc. and Apple Inc. are negotiating an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to end practices that limit hiring of each other’s employees, according to people familiar with the emerging accord,” Sara Forden and Jeff Bliss report for Bloomberg.
“Intel Corp., Adobe Systems Inc., Walt Disney Co.’s Pixar animation unit and Intuit Inc. also are in the talks that would halt agreements under which companies refrained from placing “cold calls” to lure workers, said the people who asked not to be identified discussing the proposal,” Forden and Bliss report. “Such unsolicited calls had proved to be successful recruiting tools, one of the people said.”
Forden and Bliss report, “The agreement, which may be completed and announced as early as today, would conclude an antitrust investigation into recruiting and hiring practices that involved some of the biggest U.S. technology companies. Spokesmen for Microsoft Corp. and International Business Machines Corp. said last week that they were no longer part of the investigation.”
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