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Student Employment

COVID-19 Student Employment Updates HERE

Payroll Tax Deferal 

President Trump’s “Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster”.

Two weeks ago the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance on implementation of President Trump’s August 8 executive order to defer collection of employee payroll taxes. The guidance states that employers can defer the withholding and payment of the employee share of social security taxes (OASDI) from September 1 through December 31, 2020 for employees whose compensation for a two-week pay period is less than $4,000.

Note that the social security (OASDI) taxes deferred for the September 2020 through December 2020 time period would have to be repaid by the employee during January through April 2021, in addition to their regular OASDI withholding for wages earned during the repayment period.

The last-minute guidance has left many employers with concerns around implementation, including public universities. After the guidance was released, NACUBO cautioned colleges and universities to "consider the serious questions regarding the statutory and regulatory authority for this action, as well as the many unaddressed specifics related to its implementation and potential legal and employee relations issues that could arise from its implementation”.

After review and consultation, UC has decided not to participate in this optional program at this time.


Welcome to UC Merced's Student Employment Services

As UC Merced's Student Employment Services, we are proud to serve our undergraduate students seeking to work at UC Merced to support educational expenses and/or to gain work experience to assist them with becoming capable, ethical and effective leaders of tomorrow.

Our mission is to provide standardized practices and procedures for hiring managers and undergraduate employees to facilitate a more informed recruitment and onboarding process. We strive to provide meaningful experiences to our campus stakeholders via supportive consultation, learning opportunities, and active engagement.


Student Employee Casual-Restricted Status

The terms and conditions of student assistant positions are governed by Personnel Policies for Staff Members (PPSM) and student employees are designated as Professional and Support Staff (PSS) with Casual/Restricted status.

• Student assistants normally work less than fifty percent, except for semester breaks or during the summer, during which time the student may work up to full-time.

• Student assistant positions are reserved for registered undergraduate and graduate students of the University of California, Merced.

• The appointment is temporary.

• Working hours are irregular.

• Work is secondary to the student's academic and student life.

• Work schedules are flexible enough to support the academic program of the student.

• As distinguished from regular staff positions, student assistant positions have less-complex responsibilities, require fewer skills, less knowledge, experience and training; continuing responsibility and/or on-going accountability for the work performed. Incumbents work less independently and exercise judgment less often and must be directly supervised.



Student Employment Director Michelle Snyder 209-259-8871
Student Employment Coordinator Destinee Baker 209-631-8012
Student Employment Coordinator Sharlin Owdisho 209-631-8012


Please submit all job posting requests and general inquires to