Mississippi Aliens and Immigration laws & HR compliance analysis

Mississippi Aliens and Immigration: What you need to know

Private employers. Mississippi has no comprehensive fair employment law covering private employers. However, private employers may not discriminate in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 USC 2000(e) et seq.).
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Public employers. State law prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of national origin in the Mississippi state personnel system (MS Code Sec. 25-9-106). Practices or policies that discriminate against immigrants legally eligible for employment may constitute national origin discrimination within the meaning of the law.
For additional information on employment discrimination enforcement, Mississippi employers should visit www.eeoc.gov/field/jackson for contact information.
The federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) requires employers to verify the legal status and right to work of all new hires. To satisfy verification requirements, employers should ask all new hires for documents establishing both identity and work authorization.
There is additional information and details on these requirements.
E-Verify requirement. Mississippi law requires employers to hire only employees who are legal citizens of the United States of America or are legal immigrants. A legal immigrant is an individual who was lawfully present in the United States at the time of employment and for the duration of employment or who was a legal, permanent resident of the United States at the time of employment and for the duration of employment.
In addition, every employer is to register with and use the E-Verify system to check the federal employment authorization status of all newly hired employees. No contractor ...

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