April 2, 2013
Maragos: Not-for-Profit Homeless Shelter Provider Shortchanged Employees over $120,000
Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos
released his audit of Peace Valley Haven, a not-for-profit
that provides emergency shelter to homeless men and women.
The audit found a lack of compliance with the Nassau
County Living Wage Law in the case of 26 employees being
underpaid a combined $120,000 during 2010 and 2011.
“These employees provide a crucial service to our most needy and deserve
to be paid fairly according to our law,” said Comptroller Maragos. “I
am pleased that the company has agreed to reimburse the
affected employees for their lost wages.”
Peace Valley collectively owes
the employees more than $120,000 from paying hourly
rates that were lower than those mandated by the Law
which is currently $14.91 an hour. The affected
employees consisted primarily of house managers and
clerical staff. Additionally, certain company procedures
relating to employee payouts for accumulated leave
time were determined to be in violation of the Law.
In response to the audit, Peace
Valley acknowledged that they had underpaid employees
during 2010 and 2011, due to an oversight. Peace Valley
offered a payment plan that would pay each employee
or former employee a minimum of $100 per month. However,
the Comptroller’s Office
recommended that Peace Valley pay the employees as expeditiously
as possible until the deficiencies were resolved. Peace
Valley has already updated its personnel manual to ensure
compliance with the Law.
The Nassau County Living Wage Law
was enacted by the Nassau County Legislature in 2006
to raise the minimum wage of County employees and employees
working for most of the County’s contractors. The
Office is responsible for monitoring compliance with
the Law. The Living Wage is currently $14.91 an
hour without health benefits, or $13.11 with health benefits.
Valley Living Wage Report
Nassau County Comptroller Maragos Online: