Employment Issues

Employment Issues

Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) receives numerous inquiries daily regarding a wide range of employment issues; most however, are enforced by federal agencies and not by MDES. Following is a list of State and Federal agencies with brief descriptions of the employment related issues handled by each.

US Department of Labor (DOL), Wage and Hour Division - administers and enforces various labor laws, including minimum wage, overtime, and child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA).

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) - focuses on the elimination of illegal discrimination from the workplace. Specifically, illegal discrimination based on age, sex, race, equal pay, pregnancy, national origin, religion, sexual harassment, and disability.

The U. S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division - is responsible for laws and regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - prevents injuries, and protects the health of America’s workers by establishing and enforcing protective standards.

US DOL, Workers Compensation - administers four major disability compensation programs which provide wage replacement benefits, medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation, and other benefits to federal workers or their dependents that are injured at work or acquire an occupational disease.

Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services – enforces laws and regulations, including work requirements, regarding the admission of foreign-born persons (aliens) to the United States.

Mississippi Workers Compensation Commission – provides a measured level of benefits to employees injured in the course of employment, without regard to negligence or fault. In exchange, the employee is precluded from seeking traditional remedies.