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Summary of Federal Laws


Miscellaneous Employment Laws

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996

42 U.S.C. § 653A

All employers must report all new hires to the state within 20 days of hire. In DC the report is made through the DC Online Reporting system.

States will match new hire reports against support records to locate parents, establish and order, or enforce an existing order. The term "new hire" includes any person who is paid wages, or for whom a W-2 form if required. This includes employees who work less than a full day, part-timers, student employees, and seasonal employees.

Note: If the students are in jobs that require them to be students, their employment records are subject to FERPA and cannot be released without either an applicable exception or the students' consent. See

See the summary of the DC New Hire law for more info.

updated 7-27-18 mlo