The governor, along with the Illinois Department of Healthcare
and Family Services and the Illinois Department of Employment
Security, launched the site in 2005 as a more efficient way for
employers to report new hires as required by law.
"I am proud to announce that we are once again improving our
methods to make sure that Illinois children receive the financial
support they deserve," said Blagojevich. "By making this Web site
easier for employers to use, it will continue to be an effective
tool to make sure that parents are consistent in meeting their
obligations to their children."
The updates to the New Hire Reporting site increase the level of
security in addition to making the site easier to maneuver.
Employers now have the ability to view and print information about
their new hires. The new security features allow employers to change
passwords and update contact information in a simpler and more
efficient way. During the next year, the department plans to add the
capability for employers to download data directly to the site.
"The New Hire Reporting Web site has been very successful in
helping us collect record amounts of child support for children in
Illinois. In fiscal year 2008, we were able to collect over $47
million through New Hire Reporting alone," said Barry S. Maram,
director of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. "For
the fourth consecutive year, the department has set a record in the
amount of dollars we are collecting for families in Illinois. We are
proud to partner with employers as well as other state agencies to
make sure that children receive the financial support they need and
Blagojevich and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services
announced the New Hire Outreach program in early 2005. State and
federal law requires all employers to report newly hired employees
to a state New Hire Directory. Employers are required to report all
new hires within 20 days of their start dates, including full-time,
part-time and temporary employees, in addition to those who have
been rehired. Any employee who fills out a W-4 form is required to
be reported. These new laws were adopted to improve and maintain
child support collections.
In September 2005, the Department of Healthcare and Family
Services launched an online reporting system for employers to report
new hires. In addition to reporting new hires by mail, fax, e-mail
or by submitting a magnetic file, employers can now enter new hire
information directly into the New Hire Reporting site.
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Information required to be reported includes the employee's name,
home address and Social Security number as well as the employer's
name, address and federal employer identification number.
employers have registered to use the site, and they have reported
over 295,000 new employees since the site's launch.
To register online for New Hire Reporting, to get additional
information or to obtain a copy of the Illinois Employer Handbook,
visit www.ilchildsupport-employer.com or call 800-327-HIRE
Blagojevich recently announced a record amount of child support
collected for Illinois' families. During fiscal 2008, the Department
of Healthcare and Family Services collected $1.33 billion for
custodial parents in Illinois, an increase of more than 8 percent
increase over the $1.22 billion collected during fiscal 2007. The
department has collected record amounts of child support for each of
the last four years.
Child support enforcement services are available to any parent
who needs assistance in establishing legal parentage, establishing
child support or medical support, or enforcing support. Some
enforcement tools, like interception of income tax refunds, are
available only to customers of the Child Support Enforcement
program. To register for free child support enforcement services,
parents must complete and sign an application.
Applications are available online at
www.ilchildsupport.com or by calling
1-800-447-4278 for assistance.
[Text from file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]