Governor signs executive order preventing unemployment tax increases for impacted businesses

WYOMING — Governor Mark Gordon signed an Executive Order (EO) today that will prevent large increases in Unemployment Insurance (UI) taxes for businesses that were directly impacted by the statewide health orders enacted to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is removing UI benefit charges from the UI policies for all contributory businesses in industries specifically named in the health orders. This will ensure those businesses do not experience significant UI tax rate increases as a result of employees’ UI claims due to the pandemic.

“We want to ensure that the steps we’ve taken throughout the year don’t significantly impact the Unemployment Insurance taxes of impacted businesses,” Governor Gordon said. “This important step will shield Wyoming businesses from sudden or substantial increases to their Unemployment Insurance rates during these challenging times.”

The Executive Order is effective retroactively from March 19, when the first statewide health order was issued, through Dec. 31. Governor Gordon and DWS will continue to monitor Wyoming’s unemployment condition and may extend the EO beyond December 31, 2020, if conditions warrant an extension.

All applicable UI benefit charges for the businesses in industries specified by the health orders will be non-charged automatically. UI Tax Rate notices will be mailed to all businesses by Dec. 31.

Businesses wishing to appeal their annual rates may do so by emailing [email protected] or mailing an appeal to DWS, Attn. Kris Funk, 100 W. Midwest Ave., Casper, WY 82601. Appeals may also be faxed to 307-235-3278. The appeal should include documentation, such as orders from the health department requiring the business to close due to COVID-19.

Executive Order 2020-12, “Relief From Benefit Charges to Employers’ Accounts for Compensation Benefits Paid Which Directly Relate to COVID 19” can be found on the Governor’s website.

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