HR News in Brief: LinkedIn hackers given the flick; $2billion staffing firm goes bankrupt

Plus, North Dakota's campaign to bring workers to the region, and CareerBuilder's move to become a recruiting software company

HR News in Brief: LinkedIn hackers given the flick; $2billion staffing firm goes bankrupt
rong>LinkedIn hackers told to cease and desist
A beta tool being used to hack LinkedIn to find private email addresses has been ordered to cease and desist by the latter company. SellHack is a browser plugin allowing recruiters to find contact details with a click of a button, but on March 31 the makers were formally told the app did not comply with LinkedIn’s terms of service. SellHack has vowed to work on a second, compliant version, announcing “We’re down, not out” on Twitter this week.

One of America’s largest staffing firms goes broke
One of the 10 largest staffing agencies in America has filed for voluntary bankruptcy. The Select Family of Staffing Companies, which is based in Santa Barbara, California, says business will remain unaffected, but the move will significantly reduce its debt, which was reported to be more than half a billion dollars. Founded in 1985, the $2billion company has 312 offices, employing 75,000 staff.

North Dakota’s statewide recruitment campaign
North Dakota is attempting to seduce workers to its oil industry with a advertising campaign tagged “Find the Good Life in North Dakota”. There are 25,000 vacant positions in the state, which has struggled to attract new workers to its oil reserves. The industry and government-funded campaign will target regions with persistently high unemployment, and will cost $800,000.

CareerBuilder’s next step to take over recruiting tech
Job board CareerBuilder is attempting to solidify its place in the market as a software provider in its purchase of recruiting technology company Broadbean. The London-based firm will continue running as a stand-alone company, its new parent announced.

Connecticut minimum wage now highest in nation
Connecticut employers must now pay the highest minimum wages in the nation after governor Dannel Malloy signed a new bill into law. The hourly rate is now $10.10, the same figure President Barack Obama wants to impose nationally.

7million Americans covered by Obamacare deadline
A “remarkable surge” in insurance enrolments before the deadline saw 7.04million Americans covered by the March 31 deadline. White House press secretary Jay Carney said the number surpassed expectations. More enrollees are expected by April 15, an extended deadline offered to those who had technical difficulties in recent weeks.
 

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