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Mississippi - Wage and Hour Laws - Employment Law Handbook

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Minimum Wage

Mississippi has not established a minimum wage rate.
For more information on Mississippi's minimum wage laws, visit our Mississippi Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.
Related topic covered on other pages include:
  • Compensable time (hours worked)
  • Minimum wage and overtime exemptions
  • Overtime

    Mississippi does not have laws governing the payment of overtime. Federal overtime laws apply. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.

    Meals and Breaks

    Mississippi does not have any laws requiring an employer to provide a meal period or breaks to employees, thus the federal rule applies. The federal rule does not require an employer to provide either a meal (lunch) period or breaks. However, if an employer chooses to do so, breaks, usually of the type lasting less than twenty (20) minutes, must be paid. Meal or lunch periods (usually thirty (30) minutes or more) do not need to be paid, so long as the employee is free to do as they wish during the meal or lunch period. DOL: Breaks and Meal Periods.
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    Vacation Leave

    Information about Mississippi vacation leave laws may now be found on our Mississippi Leave Laws page.
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    Sick Leave

    Information about Mississippi sick leave laws may now be found on our Mississippi Leave Laws page.
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    Holiday Leave

    Information about Mississippi holiday leave laws may now be found on our Mississippi Leave Laws page.
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    Jury Duty Leave

    Information about Mississippi jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Mississippi Leave Laws page.
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    Voting Leave

    Information about Mississippi voting leave laws may now be found on our Mississippi Leave Laws page.
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    Severance Pay

    Mississippi law does not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.
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