Gordon Suspends COVID-Caused Unemployment Insurance Rate Hikes Since March

  Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon on Monday signed an executive order suspending increases in unemployment insurance taxes related to the coronavirus pandemic through at least the end of the year.

     The order is retroactive to March 19 – the date Gordon issued his first statewide health order – and is targeted at benefit charges for businesses who had higher unemployment claims because of pandemic. 

       Gordon says he wants to make sure the steps he’s taken to stem the spread of COVID-19 don’t cause any more impact than absolutely necessary on businesses, so the suspension order shields them from sudden or substantial increases to their rates.

   Although the new executive order is in effect only through the 31st, Gordon can extend it if conditions warrant.