Mississippi Political Activity: What you need to know

There is no Mississippi state law that requires employers to give employees paid or unpaid time off to vote on election days. However, regulations under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act prohibit deductions from the salaries of exempt employees for absences of less than a day for personal reasons (29 CFR Ch. V Sec. 541.118).
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Mississippi has strict laws regulating the conduct of employers in connection with employee political activity. It is illegal for an employer to:
• Direct or coerce an employee to vote or not to vote for any person or group.
• Promote, demote, discharge or threaten to discharge any employee because of his or her vote.
• Increase or decrease the salary or wages of an employee because of his or her vote.
• Make or circulate any statement intended to intimidate or influence any employee in his or her vote.
• Request, direct, or allow any employee to canvas on behalf of any candidate or work for or against any candidate during working hours.
• Allow any employee to use vacation or other paid leave for the explicit purpose of performing services for or against a candidate or for taking an active part in any election campaign, except to cast his or her vote
(MS Code Sec. 23-15-871).
Public sector employers. The same statute forbids state, county, or district officers and employees (and federal officers, employees, boards, and commissions) with direct or indirect control over public funds to state, suggest, or intimate that any public expenditure depends on or is influenced by the vote of any person, group, community, or group of communities.
Municipal employees cannot be forced to contribute to any political fund or render any ...

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