About the Law
Basics of New Hire Reporting
Common Employer Questions
Georgia Statute 19-11-9.2 and the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996, 42 U.S.C. 653A, requires all employers to report newly hired and re-hired employees to a state directory within 10 days of their hire date.
All employers and/or labor organizations in the State of Georgia.
Employers are required to report the following employees:
No one is exempt from this law.
The Center welcomes Independent Contractor reports, however, the law does not require employers to report them. The IRS provides strict guidelines on whether an individual is in fact an Independent Contractor or an employee. If you have questions regarding this guideline, please contact the IRS.
Labor unions and hiring halls must report their own employees; that is, individuals who work directly for the labor union or hiring hall. If the labor union or hiring hall simply refers individuals for employment, it does not need to file new hire reports for these actions. If a labor organization actually pays the individuals whom it refers (as opposed to having them paid by the person or entity to whom they have been referred), the labor organization would be considered the "employer" and subject to the new hire reporting requirements.
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 alleged non-custodial parents to help in establishing paternity and child support orders. New hire reporting helps children receive the support they deserve. New hire reporting also saves taxpayers by preventing fraud in welfare, workers compensation, and unemployment insurance. Employers are a key partner in ensuring financial stability for many children and families and should take pride in their role.
In accordance with Federal legislation, the State of Georgia asks for the following information:
Additional information may be required if reporting electronically. Learn more about electronic reporting specifications.
There are a variety of ways to report new hires, including online reporting, electronic reporting and by mail or fax. Get more information on the convenient reporting options available.
Electronic Reports - Using our Web site's online reporting feature is a very popular choice for employers. This feature provides a printable confirmation of reports received and is 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 on diskette. Learn more about electronic reporting.
Non-Electronic Reports - Paper new hire reports may either be faxed or mailed to our Center.
Mail Reports To:
Georgia New Hire Reporting Center
P.O. Box 3068
Trenton, NJ 08619
Fax Reports To:
Toll-free: (888) 541-0521
Employers must report within 10 days of a new employee's hire date. Employers who submit reports magnetically or electronically shall submit the reports in two monthly transmissions not more than 16 days apart.
Federal and State laws outline strict guidelines for the use of new hire reporting information. Georgia's child support computer system matches new hire information against open child support cases in order to locate non-custodial parents to establish paternity and child support orders, as well as enforce existing orders. Once these matches are completed, the new hire information is sent to the National Directory of New Hires and is utilized by Child Support Agencies nationwide.
New hire information can also be used by states to help detect and prevent fraudulent payments to recipients of unemployment insurance, workers compensation, and welfare benefits.
The use of this information provides financial support for Georgia's deserving families and works towards a reduction in welfare and unemployment insurance costs.
Begin by reporting any new employees you've hired within the last 180 days. Continue by reporting any new hires you have within 10 days of their hire date.
New hire reporting is required in all 50 states. One of the goals of new hire reporting legislation is to make it as easy as possible for employers to comply. For those employers with employees in more than one state, we have two convenient options for reporting. View more details on multistate reporting.
We strongly suggest reporting electronically. You can either report new hires using our Web site or transmit a data file created by your company's human resources or payroll software. Electronic reporting will eliminate paperwork, increase the accuracy of the reports, allows faster processing, and can save on postage and other costs. Our Web site even provides a printable confirmation of new hires you report during a session! Electronic reporting can also qualify Multistate employers to report new hires directly to one state.
The New Hire Reporting Center does not have access to specific child support information and does not have the ability to answer questions related to child support.
Check out our Employer Resources page to find information on local, state, and federal child support agencies.
New hire reporting legislation requires all "employees" to be reported. Thus, an individual who is an employee for purposes of federal income tax withholding from wages is also an employee for new hire reporting purposes. If you need to determine if you should be paying federal income tax for your employees, please contact the Internal Revenue Service at (800) 829-1040 or visit them at www.irs.gov.
You should list the address where you want income withholding orders sent. A street address is preferred, as long as mail can be sent there.
New hire information from the Quarterly Wage Reports becomes available two to six months after the date of hire. When you immediately report new hires, there is an improved chance of locating the individual while employed and the required child support action can be promptly taken. In addition, fraudulent unemployment insurance, workers compensation, and welfare benefit payments can be quickly detected.
Temporary agencies are responsible for reporting their workers who sign a W-4 form and report to an assignment. Workers need to be reported only once; they do not need to be reported each time they report to a new client. If the worker has a break in service from your agency and a new W-4 form is required, then a new hire report is also needed.
If the employee filled out a W-4 form and only worked for a few hours, that employee must be reported. Although that employee is no longer with your company, there is useful information that can be obtained, such as home address and work history.
Yes, if you are sending in your report by W-4, you must include the employer name, address, and Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) in blocks 8 and 10 of the W-4 form. 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.
No, not if these employees have previously been reported. Employers must report any newly hired employee who is hired after that date. If you are unsure if employees have been previously reported, we recommend reporting any employee hired within the last 180 days.
No. Only new hires and re-hires are required to be reported to the Center. However, if the terminated employee had an Income Withholding Order for child support, the termination should be reported to the agency that issued the Order.
Yes, but if you need new W-4 forms, please contact the Internal Revenue Service.
Do not hesitate to call the Georgia New Hire Reporting Center at (404) 525-2985, or toll-free at (888) 541-0469 with any questions regarding the new hire reporting process. Our help desk staff is available Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM Eastern Time. Our toll-free number operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.