August 1, 2012
On August 1st the Nassau County Living Wage rate increased from $14.61 to $14.91 per hour, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced today. The $14.91 hourly wage does not include employees receiving health care benefits. Employers who provide such benefits are only required to pay $13.11 per hour. The Comptroller’s Office also released three audits of random health care providers that were found to be in voluntary compliance with the law.
The Living Wage Law applies to all County employees and businesses contracting with the County (contracts over $25,000). Enacted in January 2006, the Law ensures that employees earn a decent hourly wage including health benefits. The Living Wage Law went in 2007 with hourly wage increased each August 1st.
"The County’s Living Wage Law protects employees engaged in providing County services and ensures they earn a decent salary,” Comptroller Maragos said. "I am pleased to see that our constant vigilance of compliance with the law has confirmed that most if not all County health care providers properly compensating their employees.”
The Comptroller’s Office will be distributing posters in English, Spanish, and Creole to all County agencies and service providers to remind them about the August 1 wage increase. The poster is also available in English, Spanish, and Creole on the Comptroller’s website.