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Employer Policies

Employer Policies

EMPLOYER AND POSITION ELIGIBILITY

Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) employer policies provide a framework to determine eligibility of an employing organization or individual to utilize all on-campus and virtual employer services from Career Connections, in accordance with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles for Professional Conduct and PLU campus policy.

Opportunities defined as service or volunteerism are not bound by the policies written in this statement. Please contact the Center for Community Engagement and Service at service@plu.edu if you are interested in promoting volunteerism or post-graduate service opportunities to PLU students.

Eligible Employers

  • Must have current or anticipated job openings that are suitable and appropriate (i.e. matching student interest, industry, geographic region, feedback from current students, alumni, or past employees) for PLU students and alumni.
  • Must have an “employer-employee” relationship in which there are no fees associated with becoming an employee of the organization (other than professional licensure fees) that may be necessary to be paid by employee.
  • Must comply with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations and PLU policies, including, but not limited to those related to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).
  • Must have a legitimate website congruent with the information the employer provides to PLU Career Connections.
  • Must have a physical address (of a commercial or professional space that is somewhere other than their personal residence) and phone number.
  • The business address must be located in the United States.

Third Party Agencies (including but not limited to employment agencies, search firms, contract recruiter, online job posting or resume referral services, temporary agencies or staffing services, outsourcing contractor or leasing agencies) will do the following:

  • Must meet all requirements listed above for “Eligible Employers.”
  • Must only represent clients on campus who meet all requirements listed above for “Eligible Employers.”
  • Adhere to professionally accepted recruiting, interviewing, and selection techniques.
  • Follow EEO standards in recruiting activities.
  • Disclose the name(s) of client, or clients, whom the third-party recruiter is representing and to whom the students’ credentials will be disclosed. Career Connections reserves the right to request contact information for which the third party is providing recruiting services.
  • Maintain confidentiality with student information. Under no circumstances can student information be shared for a reason other than the original recruiting purposes nor can it be sold or provided to other entities.

Ineligible Employers

  • Any employer who does not meet one or more of the “Eligible Employer” criteria.
  • A company or organization that conducts its business inside a personal residence or within personal residence of employer clients.
  • Network Marketing Organizations and Franchise/Business Opportunities. Such organizations are those that engage in one or more of the following practices:
    • Sponsorship of an individual in setting up his/her own business for the purpose of selling products or services and/or recruiting other individuals to set up their own business. (e.g. direct sales organizations)
    • Requirement of an initial investment from individuals, with the organization itself serving as an umbrella or parent corporation. The initial investment may be direct payment of a fixed fee, payment to attend an orientation or training session, and/or purchase of a starter kit.
    • Compensation is often or exclusively in the form of commission, fees from others under their sponsorship in the organization, and/or a percentage of sales generated by others.
  • A company or organization whose business operations contribute to industries that violate local, state, and/or federal law.
  • Career Connections reserves the right to deem any organization ineligible whose policies or goals are determined to be in conflict with the mission of PLU.

Ineligible Jobs

  • Commission-only positions.
  • Positions where the pay rate is less than the established minimum wage (calculated over any time scale such as hourly, weekly, semi-monthly, monthly or annually).
  • Unpaid internships that fail to meet the Fair Labor Standards Act’s six part test for employer-trainee relationships.
  • Jobs and internships which are based outside the U.S.

Internships

  • Internship postings must meet the NACE definition and criteria for internships in order to be approved by PLU Career Connections.
  • If student-intern is completing an internship for academic credit, the sponsoring employer must agree to complete necessary paperwork, including but not limited to a Statement of Understanding, Learning Agreement, and mid-term and final evaluations.
  • Employers should check with their own legal counsel to ensure they are managing unpaid internships appropriately. If offering unpaid internships, please visit the Department of Labor page describing Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act.

Job and internship postings must be electronically uploaded to the Career Connections Opportunities Board. A member of the Career Connections staff will review the posting to ensure it meets the policies outlined in this document.

CAMPUS CONDUCT

The Pacific Lutheran University campus is private property. In compliance with PLU policies and procedures, employers must abide by the following during their time on campus:

  • Must pre-register with a Career Connections staff member and receive confirmation.
  • Must remain in the spaces designated by Career Connections while conducting business on behalf of an employer organization. If the employer would like to visit another portion of campus, they may request an escort from PLU Career Connection’s staff.
  • Employers are not permitted to distribute information to students in spaces not designated by Career Connections.
  • Due to Health Departments regulations and University Policy, food and beverage consumed on premise must be provided by Pacific Lutheran University Catering. Employers may not handout food and/or drink to PLU students.
  • No personal information may be collected from anyone on campus other than common contact information (name, email address, phone number).
  • Employers are not permitted to disrupt regular university operations such as classes, lectures, meetings, and other university events.
  • The university reserves the right to declare a guest unwelcome when the guest has violated a regulation, code, or rule. Guest behavior that violates a PLU campus policy may result in separation from all university grounds, facilities and services.
  • Severe and/or repeated behavior may result in a designation of Restricted From Campus (RFC). Persons who are designated as Restricted From Campus are not allowed to be guests on campus or attend PLU off-campus events.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Employers are expected to maintain the confidentiality of all student and alumni information. Sharing information about a candidate with another organization is not acceptable unless the employer receives prior written consent from the candidate.

DISCRIMINATION

Employers are expected to avoid discrimination in their recruitment process and follow federal, state, and local laws and regulations and PLU’s equal employment opportunity/equal educational opportunity and affirmative action principles.

RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE

PLU Career Connections reserves the right to refuse service to employers for reasons including, but not limited to:

  • Misrepresentation of employer information
  • Complaints by students, alumni, faculty, staff, or PLU community members
  • Positions not likely to be of interest to PLU students and alumni
  • Disclosure of confidential information without consent of the candidate
  • Failure to comply with PLU Career Connection’s Employer Policies

POLICY ON ALCOHOL

PLU is concerned about students and their total physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The university recognizes that a complex cluster of student and social issues surround the use of alcohol in society and that student views concerning its use vary widely. As a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), Career Connections abides by the Principles for Professional Conduct, a document that serves as the framework and foundation for ethical practices within the career planning and employment recruiting processes. The Principles document recommends that serving alcohol should not be part of the recruitment process on or off campus. This includes receptions, dinners, company tours, etc.