A Mississippi employment contract is a binding agreement between an employee and their employer that outlines the terms of their working arrangement. The contract relays the rights and responsibilities of both parties, including the employee’s work duties, pay rate, benefits, and permitted time off.
The employee may either be hired “at-will” or for a specific period of time with a fixed termination date. If the employee executes an “at-will” agreement, they will work on an ongoing basis until they are terminated or they leave their job. In Mississippi, neither party needs to give the other one notice of termination unless the employment contract specifies that notice is required.
Independent Contractor Agreement – An agreement between an independent contractor and a client.
Subcontractor Agreement – An agreement between a subcontractor and a general contractor or other individuals authorized to hire subcontractors.
- Labor Statutes: Title 71 (Labor and Industry)
- Definition of Employee: § 71-11-3(3)(b)
- Minimum Wage: Federal Min. Wage – $7.25/hr (29 U.S.C. § 206)
- Overtime: Federal overtime pay: one and a half (1.5) times the employee’s standard hourly rate (29 U.S.C. § 207(a)(1)).
- Record Keeping: Employee records must be kept for at least three (3) years (§ 516).
Permitted? Yes, in Mississippi employers can terminate employees at any time with the following exceptions:
- Discrimination (Title VII of the CRA, 29 U.S.C. § 623, Americans with Disabilities Act, § 7-11-3(4)(d))
- Public policy (§§ 25-9-171 – 25-9-177, § 71-15-3)