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Discipline and termination

State procedures Are there state-specific laws on the procedures employers must follow with regard to discipline and grievance procedures? No state-specific laws on discipline and grievance procedures exist. However, there may be very particular circumstances in which there are procedures to be followed. In such cases, a Mississippi lawyer should be consulted.

At-will or notice At-will status and/or notice period? Mississippi is an at-will employment state. The general rule of at-will employment is that a contract for employment for an indefinite period may be terminated at the will of either party for any reason or no reason at all.

What restrictions apply to the above? Two narrow exceptions exist to the employment at-will doctrine. Where an employee is terminated because he or she has refused to participate in an illegal activity or has reported an employer’s illegal activity to the employer or anyone else, a suit for wrongful discharge may be maintained despite the at-will status of the employee. Arguably, there exists a third exception for cases involving firearms locked in employees’ automobiles on company property (see Swindol v. Aurora Flight Sciences Corp., 2016 WL 1165448 (Miss. March 24 2016)).

Final paychecks Are there state-specific rules on when final paychecks are due after termination? No—Mississippi has no state-specific rules on when final paychecks are due after termination.

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