Employers must provide a designated state agency with information about every new hire as a result of federal legislation that seeks to facilitate the enforcement of child support orders and reduce fraud in welfare programs. The "new hire reporting law" does not exempt religious organizations.
In 1996 Congress enacted the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, popularly known as the "welfare reform" bill. 42 U.S.C. §653a.The Act has many provisions designed to reduce welfare payments and address welfare fraud. One of these provisions requires employers to report all "new hires" to a designated state agency. The purpose of this requirement is to locate "deadbeat dads" who avoid their child support obligations by changing jobs and their place of residence. Forcing these persons to honor their support obligations will enable many women to go off welfare. Another ...
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