Out-of-State Domestic (U.S.) Work Arrangement Guidelines

Last Updated: March 18, 2024

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With the changing needs of a diverse workforce, we recognize that units may need to hire and retain employees who will live and work within the U.S., but outside the state of Arizona.

However, the complexities and costs of complying with state and local laws and tax requirements are increasing. To continue to ensure we remain committed to our Arizona community and land-grant mission, requests for out-of-state work arrangements require leadership approval and must meet the institutional guidelines on this page.



Temporary Hiring Freeze in Effect

A temporary hiring freeze is in effect through at least June 30, 2024, while FY 2025 budgets are reassessed. Please review the HR Financial Action Plan guidance for complete information and FAQ.

Request Process

If you receive a request for an out-of-state domestic work arrangement from a current employee or are considering recruiting someone located outside of the state of Arizona, you must follow this process before initiating an arrangement.

  1. Determine if an out-of-state approval request is necessary
  2. Obtain documented approval from your Senior Vice President.
  3. Submit notification to being compliance review.
  4. Update or add the employee's business address in UAccess.

Determine if an out-of-state approval request is necessary

Determine if the potential out-of-state work arrangement requires the process approval defined on this page.

Situations excluded from these guidelines


You do not need to complete the request process on this page if an arrangement is for any of the following scenarios:

  • A student worker or graduate assistants/associate.
  • A University of Arizona Global Campus employee
  • An employee who periodically travels on University-affiliated business but conducts the majority of their work in the state of Arizona. 
  • Travel out of state for:
    • Sabbatical
    • Approved leave
    • Vacation

Arrangement durations

Minimum duration
Arrangements eight weeks or less (consecutive or cumulative within a calendar year) do not need to complete the request process on this page. 

Maximum duration Updated
These guidelines no longer define a maximum duration. The SVP may approve arrangements for as long as defined by the needs of the hiring unit.

Arizona employees on University-sponsored visas must receive additional approval from International Faculty and Scholars regardless of the length of the arrangement.

International arrangements

International arrangements have a different review and approval process. The Human Resources International Employment page provides guidelines. 

University of Arizona Global Campus employees exempt from the domestic work arrangement guidelines remain subject to the international arrangement review and approval process.

Obtain documented approval from your Senior Vice President

Supervisors should first obtain approval from their college or division leadership. Once received, they should submit a request memo to their respective SVP.

The memo request should include as much information as possible to demonstrate the suitability for the arrangement, including the employee's name, title, department, and specific expertise, as well as the business rationale for the proposed arrangement and the expected length of time outside the state.

The SVP will review the request to determine if the arrangement aligns with the University's business needs and mission.

Submit notification form to begin compliance review Updated

Once SVP approval has been obtained, submit the Out-of-State and International Employment Notification Form to initiate a compliance review, which will focus on key compensation, payroll and visa requirements.

Submit notification here

New After submitting your notification form, you may move forward with your out-of-state arrangement prior to receiving the results of the compliance review. However, the arrangement may be subject to necessary changes as a result of the compliance review. HR will follow up once the review is complete to communicate any concerns and next steps regarding the reviewed compliance parameters.

Key Benefits of Awaiting Compliance Review Results

We encourage units to wait until the compliance review is complete before initiating the arrangement to reduce the required changes to the position or work arrangement.

The compliance review may reveal necessary changes, including adjustments to compensation level or exemption status, which could affect time-reporting requirements or budgets. If you move forward with arrangements and issues are identified during the review, you may have to restart the recruitment process to make necessary adjustments and there may be other financial impacts on the department.


Added Update or add the employee's business address in UAccess

For approved out-of-state domestic work arrangements, unit business offices must ensure that the employee’s business address in UAccess reflects the approved out-of-state location. Failure to maintain an accurate business address throughout employment can negatively affect exemption status, compensation, taxation, benefits leave and more.

New Hires

For a new employee working outside of Arizona at the time of hire, the business address should be added during the New Hire Transaction Process.

Current Employees

Employees can update their own business address in UAccess through the following pathway:

UAccess > Employer/Manager Self-Service > UA Employee Main Homepage > Personal Information > Employee Details > Edit Business Address

Designated business managers or unit HR representatives with "MSS Personal Information - HR Department Approval" permission can also submit the business address change through an MSS Personal Information transaction. 

The pathway to process a business address change in UAccess:

UAccess > Employee/Manager Self Service > Request MSS Transactions > People > Personal Info Change Request > Enter the emplid > Create a new request > Edit Address or Add Address Type of BUSN.

Review the Out-of-State Business Address Quick Reference for more information.​​​​​

Job Postings


New job postings for work arrangements outside of Arizona may not be posted until you’ve received approval from your SVP and submitted the Out-of-State Employment Notification Form.  

Although awaiting the compliance review results to begin the recruitment process is not required, we encourage units to wait. You may have to restart the recruitment process if adjustments are necessary to meet state-specific requirements. Common examples of adjustments include changing the position compensation level or exemption status, which could affect time-reporting requirements or budgets.

In addition, all job postings for work arrangements outside of Arizona must include one of these location designations:

Outside Arizona

If the job posting/requisition has a designated location outside of Arizona, units should use the “Outside Arizona” designation and must provide details of the exact location in the address field.


If the job posting/requisition location is yet to be determined but may be outside of Arizona, units should use the “TBD” designation and include the following language in the Position Highlights: “Candidates working anywhere in the U.S. may be considered for a remote assignment." 

Offer Letters


Offer letters should not contain information regarding work location. You should communicate the terms of the out-of-state arrangement separately. Please be clear that arrangements are not guaranteed terms or conditions of employment and are subject to change for reasons such as, but not limited to, employee performance, needs of the team or unit, updated regulations and guideline revisions.

When you create an offer letter in the Talent Offer Letter Builder, you will be asked to include the location associated with the requisition. This location will not populate in your offer letter but will be used for data collection purposes.

Please Note: If a posting with a work location marked as “Arizona” receives an out-of-state candidate, and the hiring department wants to consider offering an out-of-state work arrangement, please follow the steps in the Request Process before moving forward.

Frequently Asked Questions


Arrangements made prior to June 29, 2023 that previously received Division of Human Resources approval may have a defined approval end date of one year or less from the arrangement start date. Units may now disregard this end date in cases where SVP approval did not specify a corresponding end date.

Arrangements remain subject to any end dates as provided by SVPs during approval.

No. The rules for international employment have not been changed at this time. Due to the complexity and cost of complying with country-specific laws and unique tax requirements, individual employees should not work from another country unless necessary for their position and role. However, out-of-state work arrangements related to strategic University partnerships, such as Arizona International microcampuses, are supported.

Recruitment and hiring decisions for student workers and graduate assistants are not managed by the Division of Human Resources. Individuals in these roles are expected to be working from the state of Arizona. In the exceptional cases when a student worker or graduate assistant/associate is working and living outside of Arizona, responsible units need to ensure accurate reporting of work location addresses.

The University does not currently have an Out-of-State Employment Agreement; however, the University's existing Flexible Work Agreement Template is available.