Mississippi Meal Laws
The state of Mississippi currently does not have laws mandating that
employees be given breaks for meals. The United States also does not
have a law in regards to mandated meal breaks. This means that an
employer can require an employee to work ten or more hours without a
break. However many employees do provide breaks for full-time
employees. The breaks are normally not paid and require employees to
clock off. Some employees complain that they must clock off in the
middle of their days; however if it is company policy to take a meal
break, then the employees must comply.
Not only are meal breaks not paid, they are can also not exceed thirty
minutes. These breaks often are in the middle of a seven and one half
hour shift. When company regulations state that an employee is to be
unpaid for a meal break, he or she is required not to complete any work
while off the clock. Breaks must also be taken whenever company policy
stipulates. If an employee decides to skip his or her meal break, an
employer is not required to let him or her leave work early. Discipline
Other breaks throughout the day are not required but are often
provided. These breaks are often ten minutes long and are paid.
Employers are not required to provide these breaks but often do to
ensure efficiency. Restroom breaks are also not required by law,
although restroom facilities are required to be easily accessible.
Family and Medical Leave
Since Mississippi does not have a state law in regards to personal
leave, companies and businesses instead use the federal law. This law
is mandatory under the Family and Medical Leave Act. The Family and
Medical Leave Act allows employees to take a leave of absence for
medical or family purposes. These purposes often include the care of an
elderly parent, the care of an ill child, hospitalization, maternity
leave, or any other psychological or medical necessity.
In the United States maternity leave allows mothers the opportunity to
care for their newborns as well as allow adoptive parents to bond with
their new children. This kind of leave can also be used for pregnancy
The Family and Medical Leave Act protects employees from termination.
Leave is to be unpaid and can last no more than twelve weeks. These
weeks must be take consecutively and cannot be spread through the year.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act also protects expectant employees from
termination and discrimination in the work place.
Mississippi Minimum Wage
In 2009 the federal minimum wage was raise to seven dollars and
twenty-five cents. This required all states to raise their minimum
wages to meet or exceed this level. The state of Mississippi raised its
minimum wage to mirror the federal minimum.
Under law employers are then required to pay employees no less than
this minimum wage. However employees who are normally tipped may be
paid two dollars and thirteen cents an hour legally. For this to be
legal, employees must first make thirty dollars or more in tips each