Living Wage Overview

The Living Wage Law

The Nassau County Living Wage Law took effect on January 1, 2007. Its purpose is to ensure that employees of companies that Nassau County does business with are earning the living wage, receiving health benefits or a health benefits supplement, and full-time employees receive 12 paid days off a year.

To Report Violations of the Living Wage Law

Anyone who believes they have information about a County contractor violating the Living Wage Law can call a dedicated hotline in the Comptroller's Office. The hotline, which can be reached by calling 516-571-WAGE, will connect callers directly with staff in the Comptroller’s Office during business hours so complaints can be submitted. Callers will also be able to make inquiries about the living wage law, such as how to find out if their job is covered. 

The Current Living Wage

As of August 1, 2018 the Living Wage is $16.41 an hour without health benefits or $14.27 per hour with health benefits. This rate will stay in effect until July 31, 2019, when it will be adjusted upward by a percentage equal to the change in the New York Metropolitan Area All Urban Index (NY CPI-U) as promulgated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor (CPI) for the period of June of the preceding year to June of the current year. In no event shall such wage increase be greater than three and one-half percent.

Health Benefits Supplement

Covered employees are entitled to receive either health benefits or a health benefit supplement of $2.14 per hour.

Paid Days Off

Covered full-time employees are entitled to 12 paid days off per year for sick leave, vacation or personal necessity, which may include paid holidays. Part-time employees working 20 hours or more per week also receive compensated days off on a pro rata basis up to a maximum of 12 days including paid holidays. The Law does not require compensated days off for employees working less than 20 hours per week.

Waivers

Section 9 of the Living Wage Law permits firms that meet certain criteria to apply for waivers from Living Wage Law. The county has received a request for a waiver from the requirements of the Living Wage Law from:

  • Long Island Center for Independent Living (3/19/19)
  • Life Enrichment Center (6/10/19)
  • Herricks Public Schools (6/12/19)
  • Long Island Crisis Center (6/10/19)
  • Dover Gourmet Corp (7/2/19)

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