There is always lots of discussion about the means in which sourcers and recruiters gather information on potential candidates. How do you find the right people to call? If you find a name on LinkedIn but need their direct reports, how do you find them? Often this entails picking up the phone and calling into a specific company in order to find the information you or your client needs.

“Rusing” has been around since recruiting has existed. Stretching the truth about who you are to get information closely held by a company on their employees is as common today as it was 20 years ago when many of us got into the business. What are the ramifications of gathering information through “rusing”? Although the laws can be relatively ambiguous, they are also specific enough to sourcers, recruiters, and potentially their clients in hot water.

After having my legal team do a little research, we developed a short summary of what the laws says and does not say on this topic and you can download it HERE. The conclusion?  Beware of certain practices – they can bring costly litigation and ruined reputations!

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