We’ve covered this topic before on this blog, but I can still hear the doubts out there among my new readers. Maybe you just found my human resource blog here, and are wondering why I am making such a big deal about labor laws such as the one that requires that all employers, across all states, report all of their new hires. I think that statement alone says it all. And my loyal readers, those who have been with me at this blog from the start, surely know the answer to that question.
But for you newbies, I will explain it again, in the context of the Texas new hire reporting system. In Texas, even the state officials will tell you that, no matter the paper or computer work that new hire reporting requires, ultimately the system benefits all employers and tax payers in the state.
How? Just in Texas alone last year, the Texas Workforce Commission, the agency in charge in the state of tracking down and accumulating all of this new hire info, collected $8 million in benefits overpayments, just from the new hire reporting system. See, the new hire reporting system allows state officials to see which employees are still out there collecting unemployment benefits and other social services when they shouldn’t be.
Plus, the state of Texas makes it as easy as possible to report new hire info because they give you so many options for reporting. You can send in a magnetic tape or a computer diskette with all of your new hires on it. You could send the reports the old fashioned way, by mail or fax. Or you can also use email to send the reports in, or go online and use the state electronic file transfer protocols. You can even phone in your new hire reports to the Texas Employer New Hire Reporting System.