Department of Health and Human Services
State Directory of New Hires

Reporting Fundamentals

Electronic Reporting: The fastest, easiest way to report, save time, save electronically! We can help you.

Multistate Reporting: Doing business with employees in more than one state? Learn about important options and how to meet your reporting requirements.

Why is new hire reporting required?

In 1996, Congress enacted a law called the "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act," or PRWORA, as part of Welfare Reform. This new legislation required that employers in all 50 states directly report their new hires and re-hires to a state directory.

New hire reporting accelerates the child support income withholding order process, expedites collection of child support from parents who frequently change jobs, and promptly locates non-custodial parents to help establish paternity and child support orders. Because of this, new hire reporting is essential to helping children receive the support they deserve. Employers serve as key partners in ensuring the financial stability of many children and families and should take pride in their integral role.

For more information on this law, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Who is required to report?

Employers and/or labor organizations doing business in the State of Nebraska must report the following employees and contractors:

  • New employees: Employers must report all employees who reside or work in the State of Nebraska to whom the employer anticipates paying earnings. Employees should be reported even if they work only one day and are terminated (prior to the employer fulfilling the new hire reporting requirement).

  • Re-hires or Re-called employees: Employers must report re-hires, or employees who return to work 60 days after being laid off, furloughed, separated, granted a leave without pay, or terminated from employment within 20 days of re-hire. Employers must also report any employee who remains on the payroll during a break in service or gap in pay, and then returns to work after 60 days. This includes teachers, seasonal workers, etc. Substitute teachers must be reported for the first day worked in each school year. Poll workers need to be reported only once. Termination of employment does not include temporaryseparations from employment, such as unpaid medical leave, an unpaid leave of absence, a temporarylay-off of less than 60 days in length, or an absence for disability or maternity.

  • Temporary employees: Temporary agencies are responsible for reporting any employee who they hire to report for an assignment. Employees need to be reported only once; they do not need to be re-reported each time they report to a new client. If the worker has a break in service of 60 consecutive days or more from your agency and a new W-4 form is required, then a new hire report would be necessary.

  • Independent Contractors: New Hire enforcement allows for reporting independent contractors under the New Hire Act. This reporting method will help identify individuals who have taken new employment and have child support obligations.

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What do I have to report?

Required Employer Information:

  • Employer's Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN). 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.
  • Employer's Name
  • Employer's Address (please provide address where Income Withholding Orders should be sent)

Required Employee/Contractor Information:

  • Employee's Full Name (First, Middle, Last)
  • Employee's Mailing Address
  • Employee's Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Employee's Date of Hire
  • Employee's state of hire (only if reporting as a Multistate employer)

Optional Employer Information:

  • Employer Phone Number
  • Employer Fax Number
  • Employer E-mail Address

Optional Employee/Contractor Information:

  • Employee's State of Hire
  • Employee's Date of Birth
  • Dependent Health Insurance Availability

Additional information may be required if reporting electronically. Please click here for electronic reporting specifications.

To view questions about Multistate employers click, here.

Please Note: The Claims Resolution Act (CRA) of 2010 requires employers to report the date an employee first performed services for pay to the State New Hire Directory. CRA became effective June 8, 2011. This is an anti-fraud measure designed to reduce the number of overpayments to individualsreceiving unemployment insurance benefits. Nebraska's new hire statute has included this requirementsince 1997.

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When do I have to report?

Nebraska Statute (§48-2301 - 48-2308) and the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996, 42 U.S.C. 653A, requires all employers to report newly hired and re-hired employees to a state directory within 20 days of their hire date. Employers who submit reports magnetically or electronically shall submit the reports by two monthly transmissions if necessary, which are not less than 12 days or more than 16 days apart.

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How do I report new hires?

The Nebraska State Directory of New Hires offers many options that make it easy for employers to report new hires. The options available are listed below.

Electronic Reporting

  • Online Reporting: Use this website to report your new hires. This is the easiest and most efficient way to report new hires! Register here and start now! This feature provides printable confirmation of reports received and is conveniently available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

         Already registered? Log in to report your new hires over the Internet.

  • Create your own Electronic New Hire Reports: Click here for detailed instructions and electronic data transmission methods for creating electronic new hire reports.

Non-Electronic Reporting

  • Printed List: If your software is unable to export your new hire information in our electronic format, you might be able to have your software create a printed list containing your new hire data. The printed list should contain all of the required information on the New Hire Reporting Form, be created using at least a 10-point font size, and have the employer's name, Federal Employer Identification Number, and address clearly displayed at the top of the report.

  • New Hire Reporting Form: You may download, print, fill out, and fax or mail us a New Hire Reporting Form. Additional forms that may be downloaded can be found, here.

  • W-4 Form: If you choose to submit a W-4 form as a new hire report, please ensure that each W-4 is easily readable and has the employer's name, Federal Employer Identification Number, and address written at the bottom of each form.

Other Reporting Methods

  • Payroll Service: If you use a payroll or accounting service, consider asking the service to report your new hires for you. Leading payroll services are already electronically reporting new hires for thousands of employers.

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Where do I report new hires?

Electronic Reports - Utilizing our website's online reporting feature is a very popular option for employers. This feature provides printable confirmation of reports received, and is conveniently available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Employers can send new hire data files in a variety of ways, including transferring files through the Web site or through internet connection using File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Employers can also mail reports directly to us on diskette. Learn more about electronic reporting.

Non-Electronic Reports - Paper new hire reports may either be faxed or mailed to our New Hire Directory.

Please call the Nebraska State Directory of New Hires toll-free at (888) 256-0293 for any questions regarding the new hire reporting process. Our help desk staff are available to answer your questions Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CT.

Mail reports to:

Nebraska State Directory of New Hires
PO Box 483
Norwell, MA 02061

Fax reports to:

Toll-free: (866) 808-2007

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Nebraska State Directory of New Hires
PO Box 483
Norwell, MA 02061
Phone (888) 256-0293
Fax (866) 808-2007
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