November 14, 2013

Comptroller Maragos: Living Wage Compliance Continues to Improve

2012 Annual Report Finds Fewest Violations in Years

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his 2012 Living Wage Law Annual Report which summarizes the audits conducted during the prior year and the overall compliance with the law since its inception. Three Living Wage audits were conducted in 2012 and found compliance continues to be at its highest since the law came into effect in 2006. The most significant finding of the three audits was of Jzanus Home Care, Inc. The audit found Jzanus Home Care Inc. had underpaid employees by approximately $8,000. This was the lowest annual amount of underpayment found since enactment of the Living Wage Law. This underpayment was rectified after a meeting with the Comptroller’s staff and the employees were compensated for the underpayment.

"Our annual report shows that continuous oversight and enforcement of the Living Wage Law is the most effective way to protect some of the lowest paid workers in our County,” Comptroller Maragos said. “We are proud of the high level of compliance with the County’s living wage."

The Nassau County Living Wage Law was enacted by the Nassau County Legislature in 2006 to raise the minimum wage of employees working for a majority of the County’s contractors. The Comptroller’s Office is responsible for monitoring compliance with the Law. The Living Wage is currently $15.21 per hour without health benefits, or $13.35 per hour with health benefits.
Information regarding the Living Wage Law can be found at

pdf file 2012 Living Wage Annual Report

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