Pearl River County NAACP to host presentation about wages, salary and overtime

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Pearl River County NAACP will host a presentation from the Labor And Wage Board on Feb. 26 that will be open to the public.

Pearl River County NAACP President Jimmy Richardson said Susan Denham, a representative from the Department of Labor, is going to be the keynote speaker during the event. Denham will discuss topics such as salaried employees not getting paid enough, minimum wage and how much employers should pay employees for overtime.

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“A lot of people in our community might not know what the minimum wage is nowadays or how they should be getting paid more than their regular wage if they are working overtime,” Richardson said. “We are hoping people in our community attend this event, in order to learn more about labor and wage laws in our state.”

In addition to Monday’s presentation about wages, Richardson said he and members of the Pearl River County NAACP hope to host a representative from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to talk to community members later in the year.

Monday’s event will begin at 6 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, located at 501 Weems St. in Picayune.

Pearl River County NAACP is an active group that aims to help members of the community towards a better tomorrow, Richardson said.

“One of our events involves raising items that we can put inside a children’s backpack and we then donate the backpack to local children in need,” Richardson said. “We also host events throughout the year in which we raise funds to help with problems dealing with breast cancer, AIDS and child abuse. Our main goal is to help educate people to help them live a better life.”