Reporting Fundamentals

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Multistate Reporting: Doing business with employees in more than one state? Learn about important options and how to meet your reporting requirements.

Why is new hire reporting required?

Employers play a pivotal role in helping New Jersey’s children receive the support they need. Children who do not receive court ordered financial support from a parent often are required to depend on public assistance programs or live in poverty. By complying with the requirements of the new hire reporting law, you will help children receive support to which they are entitled.

In 1996, Congress enacted a law called the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, or PRWORA, as part of Welfare Reform. This legislation created the requirement for employers in all 50 states to report their new hires and re-hires to a state directory.

New hire reporting speeds up the child support income withholding order process, expedites collection of child support from parents who change jobs frequently, and quickly locates non-custodial parents to help in establishing paternity and child support orders. New hire reporting helps children receive the support they deserve. Employers serve as key partners in ensuring financial stability for many children and families and should take pride in their role.

For more information on this law, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Who is required to report?

Under New Jersey Statutes Annotated 2A:17-56.61 and the Federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) all public, private, non-profit, and government employers are required to report the following individuals:

  • New employees: Employers must report all employees who reside or work in the State of New Jersey to whom the employer anticipates paying earnings. Employees must be reported even if they work only one day and are terminated (prior to the employer fulfilling the new hire reporting requirement).

  • Re-hires or Re-called employees: Employers must report re-hires, or employees who return to work after being laid off, furloughed, separated, granted a leave without pay, or terminated from employment. Employers must also report any employee who remains on the payroll during a break in service or gap in pay, and then returns to work. This includes teachers, substitutes, seasonal workers, etc.

  • Temporary employees: Temporary agencies are responsible for reporting any employee who they hire to report for an assignment. Employees need to be reported only once; they do not need to be re-reported each time they report to a new client. They do need to be reported as a re-hire if the worker has a break in service or gap in wages from your company.

  • Contracted Entities: State law requires that an independent contractor transacting business in New Jersey be reported as a new hire.

Payroll companies who contract with employers to report New Hire information will be held to the same standards as individual employers.

Failure to report a new employee could result in a fine up to $25 per violation.

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What do I have to report?

Required Employee Information

Required Employer Information

Employee's Full Name
(please identify first, middle, and last name)

Employer's Name (please use corporate name)

Employee's Address

Employer's Address (please provide address where Income Withholding Orders should be sent)

Employee's Social Security Number

Employer's Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN). If you have more than one FEIN, please make certain you use the same FEIN you use to report your quarterly wage information when reporting new hires.

Employee's Date of Birth

 

Employee's Date of Hire

Date of Hire is defined in the amends section 453A of the Social Security Act, effective June 8, 2011, as;
"The date services for remuneration were first performed by the employee".


Optional Employee Information

Optional Employer Information

Employee's Availability of Medical Benefits

Employer's Phone #

 

Employer's Fax #

 

Employer's Email Address

 

Employer Contact Name

View questions about Multistate employers.

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When do I have to report?

N.J.S.A. 2A:17-56.61 requires all employers to submit their new hire reports within 20 days after the employee is hired or re-hired or returns to work. Employers who submit reports magnetically or electronically shall submit the reports in two monthly transmissions (if you have employees to report), 12 to 16 days apart.

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How do I report new hires?

The New Jersey Child Support Employer Services Portal offers many options that make it easy for employers to report new hires. Regardless of which method is used, all required information as listed above must be included. The options available are listed below.

Electronic Reporting

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Non-Electronic Reporting
  • Printed List: If your software is unable to export your new hire information in our electronic format, you might be able to have your software create a printed list containing your new hire data.

    The printed list should contain all of the required information on the New Hire Reporting Form, be created using at least a 10-point font size, and have the employer's name, Federal Employer Identification Number, and address clearly displayed at the top of the report.

    -OR-

  • New Hire Reporting Form: (download form). You may download, print, fill out, and fax or mail us a New Hire Reporting Form.

    -OR-

  • W-4 Form: If you choose to submit a W-4 form as a new hire report, please ensure that each W-4 is easily readable and has the employer's name, Federal Employer Identification Number, and address written at the top of each form.

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Other Reporting Methods
  • Payroll Service: If you use a payroll or accounting service, consider asking the service to report your new hires for you. Leading payroll services are already electronically reporting new hires for thousands of employers.


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Where do I report new hires?

Electronic Reports - Utilizing our Web site's online reporting feature is a very popular option for employers. This feature provides printable confirmation of reports received, and is conveniently available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Employers can send new hire data files in a variety of ways, including transferring files through this Web site, through internet connection using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or mail reports to us. Learn more about electronic reporting.

Non-Electronic Reports - Paper new hire reports may either be faxed or mailed to our New Hire Reporting Center.

Mail Reports To:
New Jersey Child Support Employer Services Portal
P.O. BOX 4655
Trenton, NJ 08650

Fax Reports To:
Toll-free: (609) 631-0336

Please call the New Jersey Child Support Employer Services Portal toll-free at (877) 654-4737 for any questions regarding the new hire reporting process. Our help desk staff are available to answer your questions Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM EST.

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P.O. BOX 4655 Trenton, NJ 08650 | Phone (877) 654-4737 | Fax (609) 631-0336