Working with Employers to Ensure the Support
for our Nation's Children
Under New Mexico Law (§50-13-1 to 50-13-4) and the Federal Personal Responsibility and Work
Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996, employers are required
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 in New Mexico since October, 1997. 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 $20
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.
The State of New Mexico works with employers to help ensure that all new hires are reported as
required. The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) provides states a quarterly
report containing information on employers who may not have reported all new hires as required.
Using the (OCSE) quarterly report, our Directory may mail notices to employers who appear to be non-compliant
in reporting their new hires. Aside from providing information on legal requirements, the notice
also provides information on how to comply with new hire reporting laws, so employers may avoid
future notices and potential penalties.
Using a different FEIN to report your new hires and your quarterly wage information may also
cause you to appear as non-compliant. 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.
If you receive a non-compliance notice from our office and you believe you may be using multiple
FEINs, please contact our office.
The New Mexico Directory of New Hires also monitors regular new hire reports coming into the office,
and attempts to contact employers who appear to have lapsed or who have irregular new hire reporting histories.
New hire reporting is a valuable tool that contributes to the well-being of many families,
and assists with preventing fraudulent unemployment payments and/or welfare benefit payments.
To learn more about the benefits of new hire
reporting, click here.
If you have received a notice from the Directory which referenced a lack of compliance, or if
you have additional questions about complying with the new hire reporting
law, contact us.