All employers and/or labor organizations in the State of Florida must report new hire information.

Federal law (409.2576 F.S. and 42 U.S.C. 653A) requires employers to report basic information on new and rehired employees within 20 days of hire to the state where the new employees work. Some states require it sooner.

The information is maintained in the National Directory of New Hires, which child support agencies use to locate and issue an income withholding order for parents who owe child support.

Florida’s New Hire Reporting Center

Florida Statute 409.2576 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 20 days of their hire date. New hire reporting is required by law in all 50 states, and has been mandatory since October 1998. Pursuant to federal law, states have the option of imposing civil monetary penalties on employers who fail to report new hires. The fine can be up to $25 per newly hired employee, and if there is a conspiracy between the employer and employee not to report, the penalty can be up to $500 per newly hired employee.