State Legislature suspends session – hourly pay employees discussed

Published 3:23 pm Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Emily Wagster Pettus has filed an interesting story on the Associated Press wire service about the Mississippi Legislature’s decision to take a break until at least April 1 because of the coronavirus epidemic.

One of the most important pieces of legislation they were to consider  a bill that would give city and county governments and school boards the power to pay hourly employees who are not working during a disaster, including the current pandemic. The bill was expected to pass. State law already authorizes Mississippi state government to pay its hourly employees who can’t work during emergencies.

City and county employees and  school employees of local districts will be affected by this decision. As it is understood now, the state would give the local boards and school trustees the option of paying hourly employees during the pandemic time.

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Read Emily’s full story here…