A candidate's work location is required for international searches and for all Checkr accounts that have a hierarchy with at least 1 node. Providing the work location helps ensure compliance with the applicable local or state regulations when sending background check authorizations to your candidates.
For domestic searches, the work location is the city-state pairing where your candidate will be performing their work. However, there are a few scenarios that may require consideration:
- My candidate will be relocating upon hire. When choosing a work location, should I select their current or future work location?
- If the candidate works remotely, do I select the business location or the candidate’s home location when choosing the work location?
For the bulleted scenarios listed above, we recommend selecting the location with the strictest reporting requirements. For example, New York typically has more stringent reporting requirements than Connecticut and may report less. If you have a candidate who works remotely in Hartford, Connecticut, but will sometimes travel into an office in New York City, New York, select New York City, New York, as the Work Location. For more information on state-specific reporting requirements, refer to How do background check reporting requirements vary by state?
Checkr will already have the candidate’s home address as part of the candidate flow, either because the candidate completed Checkr’s hosted flow or because you imported the ZIP code using the API. With that information, we can apply the proper compliance filters based on their home address and the organization’s business location.
This information doesn't constitute and isn't intended as legal advice. Consult your legal counsel about your compliance obligations and best practices.
For international searches, the work location is the country where your candidate will be performing their work.