Mississippi Sick Leave laws & HR compliance analysis

Mississippi Sick Leave: What you need to know

There is no Mississippi law requiring private employers to grant their employees paid or unpaid sick leave although many employers do grant it as a popular employee benefit.
It is important to remember, however, that if sick leave is promised, an employer may create a legal obligation to grant it. Employers should regularly review statements made in handbooks or elsewhere to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If changes are necessary, the policy should be revised and employees notified of the changes.
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All state employees (except part-time temporary employees of the public universities and persons on full-time educational leave) accrue credits for major medical leave. Part-time employees accrue major medical leave on a pro rata basis. There is no maximum limit to major medical leave accumulation.
Use of leave. Major medical leave may be used for the illness or injury of an employee or member of the employee's immediate family 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.
However, major medical leave may be used without prior use of personal leave to cover regularly scheduled visits to a doctor's office or a hospital for the continuing treatment of a chronic disease, as certified in advance by a physician.
Leave donation. Any employee may donate a portion of his or her earned personal leave to another employee who is suffering from a catastrophic injury or illness, or to another employee who has a member of his or her immediate family who is suffering from a catastrophic injury or illness.
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