The Department of Workforce Services' Unemployment Insurance Program pays temporary benefits to workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. In order to access this program, those workers need to be looking for work and meet certain requirements.
The Unemployment Insurance Division offers the following services:
- Unemployment Claims and Payments
- Unemployment Adjudication
- Employer Protests and Charging
- Benefit Payment Control
Filing for Unemployment
The Department is committed to creating a process to access unemployment insurance benefits easy for those who need them. With this in mind, individuals who want to apply for Unemployment Insurance can do so electronically.
Also, the below information will be beneficial to those who want to apply for Unemployment Insurance:
In order to provide Unemployment Insurance to individuals who need benefits, the Department of Workforce Services is responsible for collecting Unemployment Tax from employers. The Department's Unemployment Insurance Division collects employer registrations and conducts quarterly reporting. To efficiency provide quarterly reporting, the Unemployment Insurance Division relies on the Wyoming Internet Reporting for Employers (WIRE) system.
There are two levels of agency appeals in Wyoming. Lower level appeals are handled by administrative hearing officers within the division. Higher level appeals are heard by a three-member, appointed commission which meets monthly.
The commission members are:
- Joan L Bangen, Chair
- Elizabeth A. Nelson, Vice-Chair
- Rose M. Mosbey, Member
Unemployment claimants or employers may protest or appeal within 15 calendar days of the date the initial determination notice was mailed to the address of record. All appeals must be in writing, identifying the decision which is being appealed and the reason for the appeal. When appealing, you should be willing to attend a hearing, by telephone or in person, with all the interested parties present. Most hearings are held by telephone, and the hearing notice will request a phone number where you can be reached at the time of the hearing. A phone number must be provided to participate in the hearing. At the hearing, all parties will be given the opportunity to tell their sides of the story. The hearing will be presided over by a hearing officer who will later issue a written decision. To prepare for a hearing you can view an online video showing a fictional hearing being conducted.