Benefits to Children and Communities
Employers play an essential role in helping Tennessee’s children receive the support
they need. The information provided by employers through new hire reporting is critical
to the success of the child support program.
When reported consistently, new hire reporting:
- Helps staff quickly locate non-custodial parents to help establish
paternity and child support orders
- Speeds up the child support withholding process
- Expedites the collection of child support from non-custodial
parents who change jobs frequently
- Helps children receive the financial support they are legally
New hire reporting is also important to the communities in which we live. Many families
who do not receive financial support are often forced to depend on public assistance or
live in poverty. By reporting their new hires promptly, employers assist their state’s
child support office locate non-custodial parents and help children receive the financial
support they deserve and are legally entitled to. This prevents children from living in
poverty, giving them the opportunity to focus on learning and becoming responsible,
Additionally, when non-custodial parents can be located and fulfill their child support
obligations, public assistance costs for the state decrease – yet another way new hire
reporting positively impacts communities.
New hire reporting may also be used by other state agencies to detect fraud in areas
such as Worker’s Compensation, Unemployment, and Public Assistance. By detecting and
eliminating fraud, employer taxes decrease.
Lastly, by saving state and federal funds, new hire reporting ensures a more efficient
expenditure of taxpayer monies and has a positive impact on our communities.