[WEEKLY WRAP] World’s first cannabis job fair; Falling worker deaths on the rise

Plus, a Monster acquisition of recruiting startups, and the new LinkedIn function that will help stop spammy recruiters

[WEEKLY WRAP] World’s first cannabis job fair; Falling worker deaths on the rise
World’s first cannabis recruiting fair
Denver will play host to a groundbreaking recruiting event on March 13 when the world’s first legal job fair is held for the cannabis industry. About 15 significant local businesses will gather to hire professionals across all positions in the industry, from horticulture to accounting.

It’s raining…workers
In the first two months of 2014, there have been four cell tower worker fatalities. Throughout 2013, there were 13 deaths of falling workers, causing the Occupational Safety & Health Administration to establish a No More Falling Workers initiative. However, the initiative was not enough to save two workers and a firefighter killed by collapsing towers in West Virginia, or a sole proprietor who fell to his death while working on a tower in Texas.

Monster acquisition
Job board Monster has purchased recruiting startups TalentBin and GoZaik in a bid to broaden its offerings. TalentBin is a sourcing tool that compiles public data from social profiles, and leans toward talent in technology and the sciences. Meanwhile, Gozaik aggregates job posts from Twitter to increase visibility for job seekers.

You can now block anyone on LinkedIn
LinkedIn users can now block any other user on the platform, a tactic introduced likely to cut down on recruiters using shady techniques. In its blog announcing the change, the company noted it was a response to demand from users, describing it as “the right thing to do”.

Court checks up on bag checks
Employees at Urban Outfitters and Apple have filed class actions against the companies, saying they should have been paid for the time it took them to wait for their bags to be checked after their shifts. The plaintiffs in the Apple case claim the checks took upwards of 90 minutes per week.

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