Employees are juggling personal and family welfare with work responsibilities, and some have experienced layoffs during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below are the most up-to-date resources to help Wyomingites balance it all.
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The Department of Workforce Services has information about filing for unemployment benefits in Wyoming.
Workforce Services has opened the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program to applicants. It adds 13 weeks of Unemployment Insurance benefits to a regular claim for those that are eligible.
Workforce Services is also accepting applications for self-employed, independent contractors and gig workers. Click here for details.
As of April 17, an additional $600 per week is being provided for those receiving unemployment benefits. This is retroactive to the week of March 29, and extends through July 25. The benefit is being applied automatically and should appear by the end of the week of April 20.
The Department of Workforce Services reminds claimants that if they are called back after a layoff, they must accept work. Not returning to work when it is available could disqualify you from future benefits.
Looking for work? Find a Wyoming-specific search engine here.
If you are ill, or caring for ill family members, here's what you need to know about the Family Medical Leave Act. And here's information about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act), which expands the FMLA for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
Mortgage Assistance - If you are concerned about your mortgage, contact your lender. Your bank may allow for a reduced mortgage payment, or no mortgage payment at all, for a short period of time. In addition, the Federal Housing Finance Agency directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to suspend foreclosures and evictions for at least 60 days due to the coronavirus. The agency has also added flexibility for appraisals and employment verifications.
Rental Assistance - Mortgage counseling and rental assistance may be available through one of Wyoming's federally approved housing counseling agencies. The Federal Housing Finance Agency has provided eviction suspension relief for renters in multifamily properties.
Utility Bill Assistance - Check with your utility providers and municipalities to see what options may exist for easing the financial strain of utility bills during the COVID-19 outbreak.