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Mississippi Maternity and Pregnancy: What you need to know

Mississippi has no state law that prohibits private employers from discriminating in their employment practices on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, but employers may be subject to federal law in this area.
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Under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, employers are required to treat women affected by pregnancy and its related conditions (i.e., deliveries, miscarriages, abortions) in the same manner as they would any other employee with a temporary disability for insurance and other employee benefit purposes. The Act applies to employers with 15 or more employees.
The Pregnancy Rules for State Employees require that pregnant women disabled by pregnancy be granted leave on the same terms as other disabled employees (MS State Policy and Procedure Manual Sec. 7.22.6).
Major medical leave may be used only after the employee has used 1 day of accrued personal or compensatory leave for each absence due to illness, or leave without pay if the employee has no accrued personal or compensatory leave.
Private employers. Some states have laws that require employers to grant male and female employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child, but Mississippi does not have such a law for private employers.
Public employers. The Mississippi employer requirements under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) policy provide that state employees are entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid family leave in a 12-month period for the birth of a child, for placement of a child for adoption or foster care, to care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition, or to take medical leave for their ...

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