Editorial - Don't target employers
Because an estimated 400,000 Pennsylvania parents aren't paying their court-ordered child support, the state legislature is considering a bill to force employers to help ferret them out. We understand that the push behind this bill is a threatened cut-off of federal aid, but why should employers be put in the role of law-enforcement officials, and for no compensation?
The bill, which passed the state senate on Tuesday, would require employers to report the dates of birth and the date of hiring for all new employees within 20 days of their start dates. Business not complying would face a $25 charge for every 20-month period in which they didn't submit the required information.
Fines of that size are more of a nuisance than anything else, but we don't advocate increasing them, or tightening any requirement on the employers, for that matter.