Faculty Affairs and Success

Out-of-State Employment

The California State University (CSU) system is a network of twenty-three public universities providing access to a quality education through the support of California taxpayers. Part of CSU’s mission is to prepare educated, responsible individuals to contribute to California’s schools, economy, culture and future. As an agency of the State of California, the CSU’s business operations almost exclusively reside within California.

Effective January 1, 2022, the California State University system’s Out-of-State Employment Policy(opens in new window) prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California. By prohibiting employment outside of California, the CSU also prohibits hiring and retaining employees working permanently from a business location outside of the United States. Current employees are not subject to a residency requirement but must perform their work within California unless they were approved to work out-of-state prior to January 1, 2022.

The CSU acknowledges that there may be justifiable business necessities for exceptions to this prohibition. Permissible exceptions to this policy where an employee may be approved to work outside the state include the following:

  1. Faculty members employed exclusively through extended educations programs.
  2. Employees who were approved to work out-of-state prior to January 1, 2022.
  3. Employees who are granted exceptions by the President of their campus after that President has consulted with and received approval from the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources. Exceptions are limited to approved purposes for conducting CSU business in a region outside of California. A remote working or teaching arrangement outside of California, in and of itself, does not constitute a purpose for conducting business outside of the state. Out-of-state employment creates various legal and tax liabilities that the CSU must seriously consider when extending employment to individuals residing outside the state.

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