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Posted on: September 2, 2021

Comptroller Schnirman Releases Follow-Up Audit of ADD/ADHD Housing Group

MINEOLA, NY - Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman announced the release of a Living Wage audit follow-up report of ADD/ADHD Housing Group, that provides Emergency Shelter to families and individuals. The audit was focused on determining whether the organization was in compliance with the Nassau County Living Wage Law and its contract with the County.

The Comptroller’s Office issues Living Wage audits focused on organizations providing vital services to Nassau County residents as well as follow-up reports to ensure corrective actions are taken after the issuance of the original audit.

The original audit of ADD/ADHD Housing Group, released on February 20, 2019, covered the period from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2017. The audit contained six audit findings with 15 recommendations, of which 14 concerned corrective actions that could be taken directly by the ADD/ADHD Housing Group. Five of these 14 recommendations have not been implemented, indicating to auditors that ADD/ADHD has not adequately demonstrated compliance with the Living Wage Law.

“This Living Wage audit follow-up demonstrates why this process is so important and delivers results,” said Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman. “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: now more than ever, people need a living wage to make ends meet here on Long Island, and that’s why during these challenging times, it's even more critical to look out for them and hold contractors accountable.”

The Nassau County Living Wage Law was originally enacted in 2007 to raise the minimum wage of employees of most vendors with County service contracts. It ensures that employees of certain companies that Nassau County does business with are earning the Living Wage.

Since 2007, the Comptroller’s Office, working with the County’s Living Wage Advisory Board, has released 48 Living Wage audit reports encompassing 38 different contractors, identifying a total of 2,092 instances of underpayments consisting of $1,074,563 in underpaid wages and an additional

$406,264 in under-accrued compensated time off was identified, for a total of $1,480,827. Since taking office, Schnirman has revitalized the Committee, ensuring it holds regular quarterly meetings and has the information needed to review contractor compliance with the law.

You can read the reports at www.nassaucountyny.gov/audits.

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