In the popular thread from yesterday regarding candidate ownership Barbara Goldman brought up an important topic. "But for My Efforts" has always been what us old school recruiters have used as the standard by which we feel our fee is earned. It's always been that way for me.
Over the years though, many agencies have been drafting agreements with their clients that state specific terms of "ownership" for candidates introduced. Usually these are 1 year or 6 month time frames.
So what's the story here? Aren't these 2 viewpoints absolutely contradictory? Do you use the "1 year" rule when it suits you? Do you also demand the "But for my efforts" rule be applied when another agency introduced your candidate 9 months prior to your hard work?
For the record I do not set forth any time based parameters in my fee agreements.
We can't have it both ways. Thoughts?