The U.S. government is requiring businesses and employers to make it easier for workers to get Social Security numbers, a move that could dramatically increase the number of people receiving the benefits.
The Social Security Administration on Wednesday announced a new rule that would make it easy for employers to provide workers with a copy of their social security numbers in writing.
The agency will issue a final rule on Friday.
The rule will take effect in two years.
The rules, which take effect July 1, will include a mandatory requirement for businesses to send written documents containing a worker’s Social Security number within 24 hours of receiving a request for the information, which can be accessed by employers and employees.
Employers will be required to provide a copy to employees upon request.
Employers will also be required in all forms to make the information accessible on-site.
The rule was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
The Social Security administration said in a news release that it is “making it easier to share social security information.”
The Social Service Administration will issue guidance on Thursday on how businesses should make it more difficult for workers with disabilities to get their Social Security information.
“Social security numbers are used by workers, families, and employers in many ways, from providing income, to paying for services, to helping others,” Social Security Commissioner Sarah Clark said in the news release.
“This is an opportunity for employers and workers to better understand how to protect the identities of those who work with them.”
Social Security’s rules were developed to help businesses and employees better understand what information they can share with each other.
The rules apply to employers and individuals who want to share information about workers or employees, but also apply to other types of data.
Social Security said it is also moving to ensure that people who are not covered by current retirement systems will have access to the program’s benefits.
Social security has received criticism for some of the policies it has implemented, including a requirement that all employers provide workers access to a list of current Social Security benefits and a requirement to provide the names of workers who were deceased before they turned 65.