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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi labor laws every small business owner should know.

Resources

First, here are a few helpful links and resources for you to bookmark and refer back to:

Leave

  • 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.
  • Jury Duty: Employers are not required to pay an employee for time taken to respond to a jury summons, but they are not allowed to punish the employee in any way or require them to use any available leave time.
  • Holiday Leave: Private employers are not required to provide paid or unpaid time off for holidays. 
  • Voting Leave: Mississippi does not have a law which requires an employer to grant its employees leave, either paid or unpaid, to vote.
  • Bereavement Leave: Employers are not required to provide bereavement leave.

Final Paycheck

There are no laws regarding when an employer must pay final wages to employees who separate from employment for any reason. 

Minimum Wage

Mississippi does not have a state minimum wage, so most employers and employees are subject to the federal minimum wage of $7.25. 

Tipped Wages

Mississippi does not have a state minimum wage for tipped employees either, but federal law allows employers to pay tipped employees a minimum wage of $2.13.

Child Labor

  • Minors under the age of 16 may not work: 
    • More than 18 hours per week when school is in session
    • More than 3 hours per day when school is in session
    • Before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
  • Minors may not work in any vocation that has been declared to be dangerous or threatening to their life, health, morals, or welfare. 

Meal and Rest Breaks, Overtime

  • There are no state laws regarding overtime, so federal rules apply
    • Employers are required to pay employees an overtime rate of one and a half times their regular rate for all hours worked in a workweek in excess of 40, unless the employee is otherwise exempt.
  • There are no laws regarding breaks for employees 16 years of age or older, so federal laws apply. 
    • If an employer chooses to give a break according to federal law, breaks lasting 20 minutes or less must be paid. 
    • Meal periods of 30 minutes or longer do not need to be paid as long as employees can do as they wish.

Employment Discrimination

  • Unlike most other states, Mississippi does not have a general state anti-discrimination statute, except for statutes that cover discrimination claims for public employees and breastfeeding mothers.
  • Click here to read our blog on what acceptable and unacceptable questions to ask during an interview.       

Termination

Mississippi 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 employer is not retaliating against the employee for a rightful action. 

Shift Scheduling

There are currently no laws regarding shift scheduling in Idaho.

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