It’s important to stay up to date on all of the employment laws in your state so that you can maintain compliance in your business. We did some of the hard work for you and put some of the most important Wyoming statutes in one place so you can either learn them for the first time or give yourself a refresher.
However, remember that our summary is not qualified legal advice, laws are always subject to change, and they can vary from municipality to municipality.
It’s up to you to make sure you’re compliant with all laws and statutes in your area. Consult with a qualified lawyer and/or your local government agencies if you have questions or concerns.
Here are a few Wyoming labor laws every small business owner should know.
First, here are a few helpful links and resources for you to bookmark and refer back to:
- Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
- Wyoming DOWS Employer Page
- Required Wyoming Workplace Posters
- Sick Days: Employers are not required to provide paid or unpaid sick leave but must comply with their own established policies if they choose to implement one.
- Medical Leave: Employers may be required to provide an employee unpaid leave in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act or other federal laws.
- Vacation Leave: Employers are not required to provide paid or unpaid vacation leave but must comply with their own established policies if they choose to implement one.
- Employers may establish a policy that denies payment for accrued vacation time upon separation from employment.
- Employers may require employees to be employed on a specific date before they receive their vacation leave allotment.
- Employers can implement a “use-it-or-lose-it” policy that requires employees to use their leave by a certain date, as long as a reasonable amount of time is given.
- Jury Duty: Employers are not required to pay employees for time spent responding to a jury summons but are not allowed to punish the employee in any way.
- Holiday Leave: Private employers are not required to provide paid or unpaid time off for holidays.
- Voting Leave: Employers are required to provide 1 hour of paid leave to vote if employees do not have at least 3 consecutive off-duty hours in which to vote.
- Bereavement Leave: Employers are not required to provide bereavement leave.
Employees who separate from employment for any reason (including terminations, resignations and layoffs) must be paid all final wages by the next regularly scheduled payday.
- The current minimum wage in Wyoming is $5.15, but employers must comply with the federal minimum wage of $7.25.
- Employers who pay the minimum wage rate must pay the higher rate between the state and federal.
- The minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.13.
- Employers are not allowed to require employees to participate in a tip pooling or sharing arrangement.
- Minors 14 and 15 years of age are subject to the following restrictions:
- When school is in session:
- A maximum of 3 hours a day on school days
- A maximum of 8 hours a day on non-school days
- A maximum of 18 hours a week during school weeks
- Between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- No working during school hours
- When school is not in session
- A maximum of 8 hours a day
- No more than 40 hours a week
- Between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. from June 1 to Labor Day
- When school is in session:
- Minors 16 and 17 years of age are allowed to work the same hours as adults.
Meal and Rest Breaks, Overtime
- Federal law requires employers to pay non-exempt employees an overtime rate of 1 ½ their regular rate for all hours worked in a workweek in excess of 40.
- Federal law does not require employers to provide meal periods or breaks, but if they choose to do so, breaks lasting less than 20 minutes must be paid.
- The Wyoming Fair Employment Practices Act makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against a qualified disabled person or any person otherwise qualified, because of age (age 40 and over), sex, race, creed, color, disability, national origin, ancestry or pregnancy.
- Click here to read our blog on what acceptable and unacceptable questions to ask during an interview.
Wyoming is an employment-at-will state, which means that without a written employee contract, employees can be terminated for any reason at any time, provided that the reason is not discriminatory and that the employer is not retaliating against the employee for a rightful action.
There are currently no laws regarding shift scheduling in Wyoming.