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Nassau report: Most comply with wage rules

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos. (June 13, 2013)

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos. (June 13, 2013) Credit: Howard Schnapp

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 in 2006.

Three audits were conducted in 2012 and found that compliance continues to be at its highest since the law came into effect. The most significant finding of the three audits found that a home care firm had underpaid employees by about $8,000.

“This was the lowest annual amount of underpayment found since enactment of the Living Wage Law,” Maragos said, adding it “was rectified after a meeting with the Comptroller’s staff. The employees were compensated for the underpayment.”

He said 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. We are proud of the high level of compliance.”

The law covers employees working for a majority of the county’s contractors. The comptroller monitors compliance. The living wage is currently $15.21 per hour without health benefits, or $13.35 with them.

Information on the law can be found here.

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