5101:4-7-08 Food assistance: new hire reporting program (W-4).

(A) What is the new hire reporting program?

Pursuant to section 3121.891 of the Revised Code, all employers are required to provide information to the Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) about employees who are newly hired, rehired, or who have returned to work within twenty days from the date of hire. This requirement was mandated under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, Pub. l. 104-193, 1996, 42 U.S.C. 653a .

(B) How is the new hire information used?

Pursuant to section 3121.898 of the Revised Code, the county agency shall use new hire information to ensure all employment information has been reported, verified, and used appropriately when determining food assistance benefits. Alerts are generated in the client registry information system enhanced (CRIS-E) when there is a match with new hire information.

(C) What is the county agency's responsibility when a new hire alert is received?

(1) Immediately upon receipt of a new hire alert, but no later than three working days, the county agency must make telephone contact with the assistance group. The information obtained as a result of the telephone contact shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(a) Hourly rate of pay;

(b) Hours worked per week;

(c) Correct mailing address of the employer.

(2) If the assistance group does not have a telephone or cannot be immediately reached, the JFS 04219 "Request for Contact Important Notice" (rev. 4/2010) or the CRIS-E equivalent shall be sent within three working days.

(3) All information reported by the client shall be immediately followed up with a request for hard copy verification (e.g., pay stubs, employment verification form). If the assistance group is having trouble obtaining the verification, the best available documentation may be acceptable (e.g. third party statement, call to the employer, or client statement).

(4) Information reported by client statement shall be used in determining eligibility for food assistance benefits until the employer verification can be obtained.

Replaces: 5101:4-7-08

Effective: 02/10/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/01/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3121.8911 , 5101.54
Rule Amplifies: 329.04 , 329.042 , 3121.891 , 5101.54
Prior Effective Dates: 8/1/98, 5/11/02, 12/8/05