Wyoming Hiring laws & HR compliance analysis

Wyoming Hiring: What you need to know

Under the Wyoming Fair Employment Practices Act, employers may not discriminate in hiring on the basis of age (40 years or over), sex, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, qualified disability, or use of tobacco (WY Stat. Sec. 27-9-101et seq.). The Act applies to all public employers and private employers with two or more employees.
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Bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) exception. Although a BFOQ exception is not spelled out in the law, the Wyoming Fair Employment Commission takes the position that it may be permissible in some situations to hire an individual on the basis of a BFOQ reasonably necessary to the normal operation of a particular business. Such situations are rare, however, and employers should be cautious in relying on this defense when making employment decisions.
Wyoming's new hire reporting requirements require all employers doing business in the state to report the hiring of any new hire, even if they have worked for only 1 day. Employers must also report the rehire of any former employee. Reports must be made within 20 days of the hire or rehire. Failure to report as required may result in the assessment of fines against the employer. (WY Stat. Sec. 27-1-115)
Details on reporting requirements and filing information are available from the Wyoming New Hire Reporting Center.
Last reviewed March 2017.

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