By Danielle Verbrigghe
Phoenix Business Journal
With as much as 80 percent of the state’s child support collected with help from employers, business adherence to reporting and withholding rules is the backbone of Arizona’s child support system.
Veronica Ragland, assistant director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s child support division, said that while most businesses try to follow the rules, some are not aware of all the requirements.
“We find that most businesses want to comply, but some of them lack understanding of what they do need to do to comply,” Ragland said. “I would say there still are a considerable number of businesses that are not compliant.”
Arizona and federal regulations require employers to report new hires and terminations, provide medical plan information and verify employment upon request to DES. Businesses also are required to withhold part of an employee’s pay to cover unpaid child support when issued an administrative order.