Student Employment Updates Fall 2020

Minimum Wage Increase

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s (CDLE) Division of Labor Standards and Statistics (DLSS) will adjust minimum wage for inflation on 1-Jan-2021 to $12.32, as required by the Colorado Constitution. Oracle will update student employees’ wages that are below $12.32 to $12.32 with an effective start date of 19-Dec-2020, as that is the start of the first pay period ending in 2021.

Insert Handshake Job Posting number in the Oracle Action Request

Due to Colorado Equal Pay Act student assignments will need to have the Handshake job posting number in Oracle Actions requests.  Please enter the Handshake job posting number in the Creator Comments field when submitting an action into the Oracle workflow. Effective Monday 14-Dec-2020 student assignments without a job posting number will be rejected.

Graduation Termination

As a reminder, graduated students can continue to work as a student hourly employee until the Graduation Termination Process/Report is completed.


The Graduation Termination Process is completed after the Registrar’s Office confers degrees earned during the semester.  This generally happens approximately one month after graduation. For example, students who graduated in December 2018 had their student assignments terminated effective 20-Jan-2019.


At the time of the Graduation Termination Process/Report, an email will be sent to the HR ListServ with instructions, including the termination effective date.


Important Dates

Fall only awards must end:             18-Dec-2020

Spring awards begin:                       16-Jan-2021

Work-Study employment ends:     14-May-2021

Verify Wages and Winter Break

Please monitor your work-study student earnings by completing the Work-Study Earnings Report. Instructions are located on Central HR’s website. Remember, if a student goes over their fall award before 16-Jan-2021, the dept. will be charged Time Entry Wages (TEW) at 100%. However, if a student has not earned all their fall portion, they may work during winter break.

 Work-Study Increases

If a need-based work-study student has met or is close to meeting their fall semester award the student can request an increase to their award by contacting    Increase of an award is based on student eligibility and fund availability.

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Interactive Career Competencies Activity

This is an activity for students and supervisors to discuss career competencies that the job requires and that they want to develop for future goals, using a reflect, plan and dream model.

Gender Equity Law for Colorado

Please note that starting January 1, 2021, the State of Colorado has implemented the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. This act covers a number of requirements and prohibitions for employers in order to prevent pay disparities. Specifically, we want to draw employers’ attention to several critical components:  

  1. Employers are required to disclose in each job posting the hourly or salary compensation range along with the general description of benefits and other potential compensation  
  1. Employers are prohibited from requesting wage rate history of a perspective employee or requiring it as a condition of employment  
  1. Employers are required to maintain records of job descriptions and wage rate history for each employee while employed and for 2 years after employment ends  

Further information on this act and which employers must abide by these regulations can be found here. If you have additional questions, please connect with your organization’s Human Resources department or legal counsel. 

National Student Employment Week

Each year Colorado State University celebrates National Student Employment Week during the second full week of April. This week enables us to thank Colorado State University students for the contributions they make as employees to the University and the surrounding community.
This year, National Student Employment Week will be held April 12 – April 16, 2021. Student Employment Services has partnered with local businesses to offer a wide variety of prizes to student employees as a way of saying thank you. Students may register on RAMWeb for a chance to win merchandise and gift certificates from local restaurants and businesses.

Student Employment Services encourages campus employers to recognize the work done by their student employees. Employers honor their student employees during this time in many ways: taking the student employee out to lunch or coffee, luncheons or department banquets, certificates, thank you letters, to name a few. The culmination of events this week is marked by the announcement of Colorado State University’s Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY).

2017-2018 Sponsors:
CSU Bookstore, Spoons, Soups & Salads, The Human Bean, Wild Boar, Noodles, James Salon (LSC), Lamar’s Donuts, Subway, CSU Athletics Department, Café Mexicali, Obee’s Soup Salad Subs, Chippers Lanes’ Brake’s Plus, Raising Cane’s, Miramont Lifestyle Fitness, Chocolate Café, Kilwin’s Chocolate & Ice Cream, Walrus Ice Cream, Canino’s Italian Restaurant, Costco, Fort Fun, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Jason’s Deli, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, The Lyric, Mama Roni’s Pizza, Pizza Casbah, RamCard Office, Simply Thai, Smashburger, Smokin Fins, Snooze, Texas Roadhouse, Beau Jo’s Locality Kitchen
– Student Employee Recognition Ideas:

• Treat Day–full-time staff bring in treats for student workers or take students out for an ice cream cone, coffee, or snack.
• Letters of Appreciation or Letters of Reference
• Take photos–post student worker photos on the department bulletin board along with what great things they do for your department
• Coupon booklets–design coupons for a free soda, home-baked goodies, etc.
• Notes home–send a note home to the families of your student workers to tell them how much they are appreciated, what they do, and how terrific they are.
• Certificates–buy or make low-cost certificates and make up serious or silly awards and present them to your student employees.
• Friendship plants–take cuttings from an office plant and give to each student employee as a “live” connection to the office.
• Office decoration–make a banner or signs to hang in the office during National Student Employment Week, or decorate with a fun theme.
• Office pot luck meal-host an office pot luck with the student employees as guests of honor.

Telework Career Competencies Activity

Activity for students and supervisors to discuss career competencies that the job requires and that they want to develop for future goals, using a reflect, plan and dream model.