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
Health Benefits Supplement
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.
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 (1/22/2020)
- RECCO Home Care Service, Inc. (1/28/2020)
- Text of the Living Wage Law (PDF)
- Living Wage Law Quick Guide (PDF)
- La Ley de Living Wage (Quick Guide in Spanish) (PDF)
- Rules of the County Comptroller (PDF)
- Rules of the County Executive (PDF)
- Request for Waiver of the Provisions of the Nassau County Living Wage Law (PDF)
- Who is a Covered Employer? (PDF)
- Living Wage Compliance and Comptroller’s Annual Reports (PDF)
- Living Wage Advisory Board / View Annual Reports (PDF)
- Complaint Form (PDF)
- Compensation Ratio Form (Excel format) (PDF)