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A number of high-profile tech companies, ranging from Google and Apple to IBM and Intel, are being probed by federal investigators for their hiring practices, according to the Wall Street Journal. At issue is whether those companies’ alleged agreements to not poach each other’s employees constitute a breach of antitrust laws.

The April 9 article in The Wall Street Journal suggests that the investigation by the Department of Justice has been under way for more than a year, with the agency’s microscope trained on those tech companies that have supposedly reached understandings to not hire away prized workers. Such agreements, depending on the particulars, have the potential to breach labor laws. Those tech companies have denied any wrongdoing.

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