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Referral Incentive Program

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Recruiting and hiring quality candidates is vital to achieving the mission and goals of the company. Employees understand the unique needs and benefits of the company and are encouraged to refer quality candidates who will successfully contribute to achieving the company’s goals and strategic plans. Candidates sourced from employee referrals are one of the company’s recruitment tools available to hiring departments.

The company may provide employees a $500.00 incentive for each candidate referred who is hired into a benefit-eligible administrative, service, and support position. All candidates will be evaluated for employment consistent with company policies and procedures.

This policy provides guidelines and procedures for the company’s Employee Referral Incentive Program.

If any part of this policy does not reflect the Collected Rules and Regulations (CRR), the provisions of the CRR will govern.

HR Policy Provisions


Employee referral incentives are a recruiting strategy utilized for approved benefit-eligible vacancies, including but not limited to, hard to fill positions, vacancies in high demand, and other positions.


Referring Employee – An active employee of thecompany, including benefit-eligible and non-benefit eligible academic, staff, and student employees.

Referral – An external applicant, or current internal non-benefit eligible employee, who has been referred by a Referring Employee.

Hiring departments are responsible for determining which Eligible Vacancies are approved for the Employee Referral Incentive program prior to posting the vacancy.

Referring Employee must be an active employee of the company at the time the Referral applies and at the time the incentive is paid, regardless of the funding source of their salary.

Referrals must identify the Referring Employee at the time of applying. Only one employee may be identified as the employee who referred them.

The following roles are not eligible to receive an employee referral incentive.

company, campus, and college, school, division leaders such as CHROs, CIOs, CFOs, Deans, Provosts, Chancellors and the President of the company including all levels of these titles.

Hiring supervisors, others involved in the selection process, and individuals serving on the interview committee.

HR Directors and recruiters.

Incentive Payment

A Referring Employee may receive $1000.00 for referring an eligible applicant who is hired into an eligible vacancy.

There is no maximum to how many times an employee may refer applicants or earn a referral incentive payment.

Only one Referring Employee will be eligible for an incentive payment per approved vacancy.

The hiring department is responsible for funding the payment.

Incentive payments are paid after the Referral’s hired date, on the next available regular pay cycle. The payment will not be grossed up to cover taxes.

Other compensation provisions include:

Incentive payments are considered extra compensation and, as such, are not included in base pay for determining benefits. Contact the Human Resource Service Center for questions.

In accordance with Internal Revenue Service regulations, all payments are taxable compensation subject to withholding and other appropriate deductions, and will be reported on the W-2 form as part of the employee's total compensation.

Process overview

Hiring unit submits the vacancy requisition with appropriate approvals.

Applicants complete the Employee Referral information (name, email).

Referring Employee receives an email confirmation to acknowledge the referral.

Each month the company will identify incentive payments to issue.

Approval is requested from the funding department prior to payment.

Payment is processed according to company payroll procedures.


Actions under this policy are subject to review and approval by human resources staff responsible for administering the incentive program.

If an employee reports a policy violation, the employee may appeal the decision by submitting a written appeal within five (5) calendar days to the company, or system Chief Human Resources Officer or designee stating the reason for the differences of interpretation of policy.

The decision issued will be final with no other review permitted.

Plan evaluation

In compliance with CRR 360.150: Principles for the Establishment and Operation of Incentive Compensation Plans, this plan is subject to annual review and may be discontinued, modified, or renewed at the discretion of the company. The plan will expire five years from the effective date without review and re-authorization by the company of CEO. Changes in plan design will require authorization by the company CEO.

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