Now I should point out that I'm not really bothered* by this situation, and neither are the people involved cos we're all nice and friendly and grown up. But I thought I'd post it up as a bit of moral maze discussion.
I started a contract back in 2005, and shortly after I started working with a specialist piece of software. I worked with some of their consultants (who became mates) and discussed a job offer with their boss and a manager. That boss later gave me a contract at one of their clients, and at the end of that we discussed employment more seriously but I still didn't take it up. In October I finally did, and turns out that the new owners of that company have a recruitment bonus. So my new manager (not the old boss) suggests that my mate fill in the bonus forms, see what happens.
So he gets the bonus and it's almost a month's salary for either of us. Now he didn't actually do any referring, so should he keep the money?
Several people might be able to stake a claim to the money:
1) The mate, because he filled in the forms and has worked with me the most
2) The other mate, because he's known me as long and also sold me the job a bit
3) The original boss, because he did the 'recruitment'
4) The new boss, because he suggested applying for the bonus
5) Me, cos I actually took the job
So what do you think should be done with the money?
*although I will be a bit peeved if he pockets the lot