Mandated Benefits


Unemployment Insurance

The Mississippi Employment Security Law requires that all University employees be provided unemployment insurance coverage. The purpose of the law is to provide unemployment compensation for persons during the periods of time when they are out of work through no fault of their own. The University pays the premium for this coverage.






Worker’s Compensation

 P.O. Box 1380
Ridgeland, MS 39158


All employees of the University are covered by the state worker’s compensation laws at no cost to the employee. This insurance pays all medical expenses and provides compensation for absences from work resulting from on-the-job accidental injury or occupational diseases. Compensation is also payable for disability or death of an employee, for injury arising out of and in the course of duty with the University. If an employee is injured on the job, his/her immediate supervisor must report within 24 hours after the accident to Health Services. Human Resources should be immediately contacted in order to begin the process of filing a claim.  No payment of claims will be made unless this procedure has been followed by the employee’s supervisor and forwarded to the Human Resource Department.


Workman’s Compensation

The Mississippi Workers Compensation Commission website




Social Security

All employees of the University have old-age survivors insurance coverage in accordance with provisions of the Federal Social Security Act. The current Social Security Tax rate for the University and for the employees is 7.65% on a maximum of $87,900. For employees who earn more than $87,900, the 6.2% of FICA Tax for old-age survivors and disability insurance (OASDI) stops, but the 1.45% of Medicare Hospital Insurance continues on all earnings up to. Employees may obtain current information regarding Social Security regulations and benefits from the Social Security Office in Cleveland. The Office of Human Resources maintains some information on Social Security that is available for your use.

Social Security Website

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