We have seen a lot of states in this blog that started their new hire reporting with a labor law that went into effect in 1998. The federal law on the subject went into effect in 1996. But Oregon was way ahead of that game. They have had their Employer New Hire Reporting Program since 1993.
Since its start, the Oregon Employer New Hire Program has claimed that it has brought in millions of dollars in child support payments to the right children. And Oregon expects even better results since their list has been integrated with the National Directory of New Hires. As we talked about before, the combo of state reporting systems and the federal reporting system has led to a way for officials to track parents who don’t pay child support payments even if they live in one state on the West Coast and they child lives in a completely different state on the East Coast.
In the state of Oregon, it is the Department of Justice that carries out the Oregon Employer New Hire Reporting Program. To be specific, it is the Division of Child Support within the Department of Justice, so the connection between new hire reporting and child support payments is clear in Oregon.
Like all of the other states that we have looked at, Oregon requires that employers provide certain information about all of their new hires. The standard group of required information includes the employee’s name, the employee’s address, and the employee’s social security number.
The employees trust you with all of this information—and it is private information—on their employee application and their payroll deduction forms and their reference check forms. And you can trust the state of Oregon with it in the Employer New Hire Reporting Program. Whether you submit it on paper or electronically, the state officials are required to respect the privacy, and protect it, of your new hires.