The Department of Workforce Services is working to implement the COVID-19 relief programs authorized by Congress and President Trump at the end of 2020. We have received guidance from the United States Department of Labor regarding these programs. The next step is to reprogram the Unemployment Insurance computer system. That process involves rewriting a great deal of computer code, testing the changes to ensure they are working correctly, and repeating the process until we are sure the system will process claims correctly. Rushing the process would increase the chances a claimant would be denied UI benefits incorrectly or approving a claimant who later is determined to be ineligible, causing that person to have to pay back all the money distributed to him or her. It may take several weeks or even longer than a month to complete the changes to the computer system.
Please note that there are different processes to follow, depending on the type of claim you are receiving. To determine which type of UI a claimant is receiving, navigate to the Inquiry page on WYUI.wyo.gov. The Inquiry page will display the type of claim being received.
If you are filing for payment on a PUA claim, please wait to file until further notice. The system currently does not ask the correct questions required to properly process PUA claims. If you file now, you may be incorrectly denied PUA and later have to file an appeal, which will cause your benefits to be delayed. You may also be incorrectly awarded PUA and later be required to pay back the benefits you receive. We will post an update on this feed as well as a message on WyomingWorkforce.org when filing for payment is available.
When the system is opened to PUA claims, please be assured claims will be paid back to Dec. 27.
Claimants who are filing for payment on PEUC claims may continue to file, but please note that payment will not be available until updates to the UI computer system are completed. As with PUA, when the system is updated and claims are processed, claims will be back paid to Dec. 27.
Claimants who are filing for payment on regular UI claims, or filing new claims for regular Wyoming UI, may continue to file and these claims should not be delayed.
The COVID-19 Relief package includes a renewal of Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). This iteration of FPUC will provide an extra $300 on top of the UI benefits (whether they be regular UI, PUA or PEUC) for up to 11 weeks, from Dec. 27 to March 13. These payments will be automatically applied to all UI payments. There is no need to apply for this benefit. Those receiving PUA or PEUC will receive the FPUC payments as soon as their PUA or PEUC payments are distributed.
Stimulus checks are distributed by the federal government, not DWS. These stimulus payments do not need to be reported as income when filing claims for payment. Other income does need to be reported with weekly continued claims, but these stimulus checks are not considered income and should not be reported as income on continued claims.