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Can an audit client get in trouble for reaching out to an audit employee regarding possible emplpyment opportunities even if the employee is not on the audit team? Even if to inform you that employment discussions have to first be cleared by the firm?

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No it would only matter if you are applying to a role that would make accounting decisions at that company or you are on the engagement team. For example. I'm a Senior at EY. EY audits Apple, which I am not on that engagement team. If apple offered me a senior accountant position I could take it and apple wouldn't have to report it with EY. If given the same facts but they offer me the chief accounting officer position Apple would need to let EY know because the chief accounting officer has the ability to make accounting decisions.


Not correct. If you are not a covered person, no issue.

You need to bring up for independence reasons. They'll just take you off the engagement.


Right, im not on the engagement in the first place actually. I just wanted to make sure there wouldn't be any issue with the fact that they reached out to me for an introduction and possible conversation (only after informing the firm)

In trouble with whom?

The audit firm and or regulators

Usually in engagement letters that they can’t poach employees.

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