| Thomas Embrescia, CEO|
Ray Fassett, Executive Vice President
Employ Media LLC is the registry in charge of .jobs; a gTLD marketed toward the international Human Resource Management community. Employ Media was created through the collaboration of The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and Verisign in 2005.
According to regulations set forth by ICANN, .jobs was originally intended to be designed as a resource for the HR departments of established corporations. In June of 2010, Employ Media petitioned ICANN to practically re-open .jobs as an entirely redefined TLD, which would be open to individuals interested in creating sites based off geographic location or other defining terms; such as, Chicago.jobs, or Marketing.jobs. This move was undertaken with positive interest from both Employ Media and SHRM.
By August, Employ Media was asking for proposals that would cater to its planned expansion. They drew criticism for the highly controlling, and unorthodox role they planned on taking when accepting and distributing new .jobs domains. ICANN revealed at its December, 2010, conference in Colombia that it would not allow Employ Media to expand beyond its original charter.
Employ Media Arbitration Against ICANN
In 2009, Employ Media registered thousands of domain names to its business partner, the Direct Employers Association and jointly launched the the universe.jobs website, a jobs board that aims to help job seekers to easily find a job. However, the website became controversial and strong criticized by different organizations particularly the .JOBS Charter Compliance Coalition alleging that the service is a violation of the .jobs TLD charter. Despite the complaints and criticisms, Employ media officially launched the universe.jobs on January 2011 with more than 40,000 .jobs domain names operated by more than 500 leading companies in the United States advertising jobs.
On February 27, 2011, ICANN issued a notice of breach on the .jobs registry agreement to Employ Media and to SHRM, its sponsor organization in connection with the universe.jobs website. According to ICANN, the registry operators action is allowing the Direct Employers Association to register 40 thousand domain names is violation of its charter and the universe.jobs website appeared to be a jobs board competing with other companies that offer the same service. ICANN directed the Employ Media and SHRM to resolve the issue and comply with its charter, if not the internet governing body threatened that it will terminate the .jobs registry contract.
Employ Media responded to ICANN's notice of breach with disappointment and argued that its new registry service-the universe.jobs website is in compliance with Phase Allocation Program, which was approved by ICANN. Employ media agreed to resolve the issue through the cooperative engagement provision of the .jobs registry agreement. However, the company emphasized that it is not waving its rights or remedies against ICANN regarding any issue and reserves its right to resolve the problem in any appropriate forum. Brian Johnson, Employ Media's vice president and general counsel was named as the company's representative to ICANN. On April 2011, the company agreed to amend its charter and to stop registering .jobs domain names that are non-company names until May 6.
On May 2011, Employ Media filed an arbitration request with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration to the notice of breach issued by ICANN on the .jobs registry agreement. The company abandoned its cooperative agreement proceedings with ICANN after accusing the internet governing body of "bad faith action" when ICANN posted the terms of their negotiation on its website. ICANN's legal counsel Eric Enson explained that the internet governing is just performing its duty to maintain accountability and transparency when it published their correspondences related to the issue. Enso accused Employ Media that it “has no intention to work with ICANN cooperatively to resolve the problem” and its lawyer Arif Ali of “legal posturing,” which was “seemingly geared solely towards use in future litigation.” 
On July 11, 2011, ICANN filed its response to the arbitration request of Employ Media. The internet governing body strongly defended its notice of breach against the company and remained firm that its decision was appropriate. ICANN also asked the arbitration court to deny Employ Media's request for relief.
Currently, ICANN and Employ Media are still waiting for the schedule of their arbitration proceedings, which will be issued by the ICC International Court of Arbitration.
Criticisms Against Employ Media
Employ Media was highly criticized by different organizations particularly by the .JOBS Charter Compliance Coalition for registering thousands of .jobs domain names to its partner-the Direct Employers Association and for launching the universe.jobs website, a jobs portable featuring domain names advertising job opportunities from more than 5,000 leading companies in the United States. Its critics alleged that the universe.jobs is a violation of the .jobs TLD charter.  
New gTLD Program Disqualification Request Against Employ Media
On January 11, 2012, .JOBS Charter Coalition chairman John Bell asked the ICANN Board through its chairman Steve Crocker to block Employ Media and Direct Employers Association from participating in the new gTLD expansion program. Bell cited Employ Media's should be automatically disqualified from the program because of its "history of abuse" for violating its charter. Bell also criticized ICANN's failure to resolve the complaints against the .jobs registry operator.According to Bell, "ICANN frequently proclaims its dedication to contractual compliance and asserts that the new gTLD program contains multiple stakeholder protection mechanisms, but based on ICANN's mismanagement of the current dot-jobs TLD dispute, the Internet community is rightly concerned that ICANN's public statements will once again prove to be empty words." Bell stated that ICANN can only regain a measure of regulatory authority by publicly excluding Employ Media and Direct Employers Association from participating in the new gTLD program. 
- ↑ .Jobs About
- ↑ Google Timeline
- ↑ Domain Incite
- ↑ SHRM
- ↑ CollegeRecruiter Blog
- ↑ Internet Inc Blog
- ↑ College Recruiter
- ↑ “Tens of Thousands” of New Dot-Jobs Boards Coming
- ↑ Over Half a Million Americans Have Visited .Jobs Universe Within Weeks of its Launch
- ↑ ICANN threatens to shut down .jobs
- ↑ Employ Media Responce to ICANN'S Notice of Breach
- ↑ Registry avoids .jobs shut-down
- ↑ .Jobs Manager Seeks Arbitration by International Court
- ↑ War of Words Over Jobs Breach Claims
- ↑ ICANN’s Response to Employ Media’s Request for Arbitration
- ↑ Arbitration: Employ Media vs. ICANN
- ↑ A MASSIVE NETWORK OF EMPLOYEMENT WEB SITES LAUNCHED BY DIRECTEMPLOYERS ASSOCIATION THIS WEEK
- ↑ Dot Jobs “Universe” Growing Again; So Is Controversy
- ↑ Boards Launch Another Attack on .Jobs Registry
- ↑ The case study that could kill ICANN
- ↑ Disqualification of Employ Media and its Principals from Applying for New gTLDs