About four months ago, I left one employer for another. While there were several reasons that made me happy to leave, I left on good terms and have reason to believe I would be welcomed back readily.
I have a former co-worker and good friend who would be well suited for an open position on my new team. That individual would likely be inclined to leave for the same reasons I did. I am unsure about how to properly handle the situation.
Policy: The old employer does not have a non-compete or no-poaching rule that I am aware of. I did extensive searching through HR documents before I left as I expected this possibility. The new employer only has a rule against cold-calling someone who works for a "strategic partner". These companies are "strategic partners".
Is it bad form to actively recruit my friend?