Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos speaks to the Budget Review...

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos speaks to the Budget Review committee at the Nassau County Legislature on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 in Mineola. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released the 2014 Living Wage Annual Report last week, which showed improved compliance with the county’s Living Wage Law, which requires vendors with county contracts to pay employees a minimum of $15.54 an hour or $13.59 with health benefits.

“Since 2007 the county Living Wage Law has enabled, without much controversy, thousands of our lowest-paid workers to earn a decent wage,” Maragos said in a news release. “I am happy that Governor Cuomo is now proposing a similar law for New York State workers.”

Overall, the release said, comptroller’s audits have helped 1,295 underpaid county vendor employees recover more than $603,000 in wages and benefits since 2007.

The county Living Wage Law was enacted by the Nassau County Legislature in 2007 to ensure that employees of companies doing business with the county earn a living wage and receive health benefits, and that full-time employees receive no less than 12 paid days off per year.

The current living wage rate will stay in effect until Aug. 1, when it will be again adjusted based upon the Consumer Price Index.

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