March 10, 2015
On Jan. 23, 2015, the Mississippi Office of the Attorney General issued Opinion No. 2015-0004 regarding a city that hired an employee who had previously retired from another governmental entity in the state. The rehired retiree was participating in the state health plan. The city asked the Attorney General if it was permissible for them to pay a portion or all of the employee's premium for the state health insurance plan. The opinion states that the practice would be prohibited because state law prohibits a governmental entity from providing extra compensation beyond the terms of the employment contract. The cost of the health insurance premiums would be considered additional compensation.
Opinion No. 2015-004 »