In August 2012, the University of Mississippi introduced a new policy declaring the Oxford campus as smoke free. Smoking is prohibited at all times, and at all locations of the University of Mississippi Oxford campus, including university-owned facilities, properties and grounds.
In compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”), which took effect when the PPACA was signed into law on March 23, 2010, the University is required to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk as well as provide an appropriate location to express breast milk. The new policy is located in the University’s Policy Index. For additional support, please visit workingmothers.olemiss.edu or you may contact Registered Dietitian Janie Cole, a Certified Lactation Specialist, in the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management.
An employee’s work performance and individual health may benefit from taking a break. Lunch breaks (meal periods) are provided to employees. Breaks and lunch breaks are periods of time, specified by the manager, during which employees are not actively working on the job. Regulations for breaks (rest periods) and lunch break (meal periods) are given.
Flexible work schedules may offer advantages to both the employee and the employee’s department. Subject to department head approval, employees are allowed to schedule their daily work schedules within the guidelines outlined. The needs of the department are to be considered before allowing a flextime schedule.
Employee participation in wellness program activities, including on-site seminars, demonstrations, challenges, and physical fitness activities, is supported by our University leaders as well as authorized by Mississippi Senate Bill 2646 of 2010.