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ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, has announced its formal withdrawal of the February 2011 Notice of Breach against Employ Media, the registry operator of .JOBS. Employ Media has dismissed arbitration proceedings with ICANN as well.

his settlement brings to a close the dispute between the two parties regarding how non-company names (such as geographic, occupation, and dictionary terms) in .JOBS are registered and used. In 2011, Employ Media accepted proposals from various parties to launch web sites using geographic and occupation names in the intuitive .JOBS suffix.

One such party is the DirectEmployers Association, a nonprofit HR consortium of  employers including over 600 Global 5000 companies. DirectEmployers launched the .JOBS Universe, in which over 120,000 employers list, free of charge, over 1.2 million jobs daily. Sites in the .JOBS Universe take the form of geographic and occupational names such aswww.atlanta.jobs, www.nursing.jobs and www.atlantanursing.jobs.

At www.US.jobs, each of the 50 US state governments, along with Guam and Puerto Rico, list jobs local to their region providing for the first time a method for medium and small employers to publish and mass distribute their job listings on the Internet at no charge.

Some from the job board industry complained to ICANN that non-company names, such as the .JOBS Universe, should not be allowed to function on the Internet as job boards which led to the formal dispute. The terms of the settlement agreement dismiss this complaint.

There are two classes of domain name registration in .JOBS: Company names  and non-company names. Companies are able to apply for their company name directly through their .JOBS registrar. Non-company names have been periodically allocated by Request for Proposal (RFP), such as the process in 2011 that produced the .jobs Universe by DirectEmployers Association.

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the .JOBS TLD is one of 22 generic TLD’s under agreement with ICANN. Launched in 2006, the .JOBS TLD is established to serve the needs of the International Human Resource Management Community and sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).