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The State of Rhode Island Office of Child Support Services needs your assistance. Since 2010, Connecticut and Rhode Island child support agencies have had a unique partnership agreement for child support payment processing. All Rhode Island and Connecticut child support payments are processed in the same facility, by the same company, located in Hartford, Connecticut. However, each state has its own unique FIPS pay code. The Rhode Island FIPS code is 44002.

The IWO specifies which FIPS pay code to use. Make sure your EFT file format and or software is not changing the Rhode Island FIPS pay code to the Connecticut FIPS pay code simply because the address indicates a Hartford, Connecticut address.

Failure to use the correct FIPS code delays much-needed child support payments to Rhode Island families. If you need clarification on this issue, please contact Sharon Papa Rowe at 401-458-4422 or Rick Mulcahey at 401-458-4529. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Definition of a Newly Hired Employee:

The Claims Resolution Act of 2010 (CRA) was signed into law by President Obama on December 8, 2010, and took effect on June 8, 2011. Section 802 of the CRA now requires employers to provide the date an employee first performed services for pay to the state New Hire Directory. Employers can input this information by using the existing Employees Date of Hire (Start date) field.

Date of Hire is Required:

Effective April 21, 2012, The Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011, signed October 21, 2011 by President Obama, amends section 453A(a)(2) of the Social Security Act. This amendment defines a newly hired employee as an employee who (i) has not previously been employed by the employer; or (ii) was previously employed by the employer but has been separated from such prior employment for at least 60 consecutive days.