May 28, 2013
Maragos: Provider of Affordable Housing Repays Shortchanged Employees
Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller
George Maragos released his audit of Community Housing
Innovations (CHI), an agency that provides housing and
human services to low and moderate income individuals.
The audit found the agency to have minor instances of
noncompliance with the Nassau County Living Wage Law.
During the audit CHI noted that 14 employees had been
underpaid a total of $1,600 for the years 2010 and 2011
and retroactively made payment to the affected employees.
“We are very encouraged by the significantly increased level of compliance
with the County’s Living Wage Law as indicated by the minor violation
discovered with this audit,” Comptroller Maragos. “My
office will continue to conduct Living Wage audits in
order to ensure that contractors that do business with
Nassau County are playing by the rules and do not short
change their employees. I am pleased that this company
has agreed to reimburse the affected employees for their
The Comptroller’s office is recommending CHI review
their pay rates, at minimum, every August 1st, to ensure
that they are paying the amounts mandated by the Living
Wage Law in a timely manner. CHI acknowledged that they
had underpaid employees during 2010 and 2011, due to
an oversight and will be conducting quarterly checks
of Nassau County pay rates to ensure compliance.
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 Comptroller’s
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.
Limited Audit of Community Housing Innovations, Inc.ís 2010 and 2011 Compliance with the Nassau County Living Wage Law
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