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Employers get updates on law, other procedures

October 28, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN -- About 130 employers from across Western Maryland attended a forum Wednesday morning in Hagerstown to learn about the latest employment law changes and the state's procedures for child support wage withholding, new hire reporting and other topics.

The free forum was from 8 a.m. to noon at the Hagerstown Hotel and Convention Center and included presentations from the Maryland New Hire Registry, the Department of Human Resources and the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Wednesday marked the first time such a forum was held in Western Maryland, said Maryland New Hire Registry program manager Keino Stephenson, who organized the event. Similar forums have been held in Howard and Talbot counties, he said.

"I came up with the idea because a lot of managers view the government as bureaucracy," Stephenson said.

The forum gives employers an opportunity to meet the government officials who are responsible for the regulations and requirements they must follow, Stephenson said.

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Federal and state law requires employers to report newly hired and rehired employees in Maryland to the Maryland New Hire Registry, he said. The Maryland New Hire Registry then checks to find out if those employees owe child support and submits their names to DLLR to check for unemployment fraud, Stephenson said.

Topics covered Wednesday included how to report new hires electronically, how to remit child support payments, documentation needed for employees to legally work in the U.S., and information on E-Verify, an Internet-based system for determining employee eligibility to work in the United States, Stephenson said.

Another benefit of the program was that employers left with contact information for agency representatives so they may contact them with any questions, Stephenson said.

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