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Ann Israel is the legal profession’s Dear Abby. A New York legal recruiter since 1979, Ann is a past president of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants. Advice for the Lawlorn is updated every week.


Q: Recruiters are contacting employees at my company. Is this legal? Is there an effective way to deal with these people?

Dear Readers: I have chosen this question this week as a segue into another issue involving recruiters. But first, an answer to the question at hand … .

No, it is not illegal for recruiters to contact your employees, and I am assuming the contact is by telephone or e-mail, not by physically walking into your facility and handing out business cards (which probably wouldn’t be illegal either).

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