- Employers are required by federal and state law to report information about newly hired and rehired employees in order to aid in the collection of child support and the detection of fraud in other government programs.
- All 50 states and the District of Columbia require new hire reporting. Many states require more information to be reported in addition to the federal requirements. Some states require reporting of independent contractors as well. States impose penalties for noncompliance.
- New hire reports may be transmitted in a variety of ways and must be transmitted within a certain number of days of the date of hire or rehire. Different time requirements apply in some states, to multistate employers, and to reports transmitted electronically.