What are the requirements relating to advertising open positions?

There are no applicable Mississippi laws on this issue. 

Background checks

(a)Criminal records and arrests

Mississippi has no state laws regulating background checks other than that expunged arrest or conviction records need not be disclosed when responding to an inquiry.

(b)Medical history

There are no state laws on medical history. 

(c)Drug screening

Mississippi’s alcohol and drug testing statute is voluntary for private employers (Mississippi Code Ann. § 71-7-1 to 71-7-31). In order to opt in to the statute’s drug-testing protocol, employers must give written notice of their election to be covered by the statute to all employees and applicants, specifically identifying the applicable Mississippi Code section. The statute contains detailed requirements for the content of this notice. 

(d)Credit checks

There are no specific state laws on credit checks used for employment screening. 

(e)Immigration status

Mississippi has an e-verification "safe harbor" law available to employers for I-9 compliance. 

(f)Social media




Wage and hour


What are the main sources of wage and hour laws in your state?

There are no state-specific wage and hour laws, other than certain antiquated child labor laws. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act is the applicable legal framework.

What is the minimum hourly wage?

The minimum hourly wage is the same as the federal wage.

What are the rules applicable to final pay and deductions from wages?

Employers must comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Hours and overtime

What are the requirements for meal and rest breaks?

There are no state-specific laws in this regard. 

What are the maximum hour rules?

There are no state-specific laws in this regard. 

How should overtime be calculated?

There are no state-specific laws in this regard. 

What exemptions are there from overtime?

There are no state-specific laws in this regard. 

Record keeping

What payroll and payment records must be maintained?

There are no state-specific laws in this regard.