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Nassau County ‘Upgrades’ Its Living Wage Laws To ‘Prevent’ Vendors And Businesses ‘From Bypassing’ County Labor Regulations

Published Thursday, August 1, 2019
by Stephanie West/LaborPress.org
Nassau County ‘Upgrades’ Its Living Wage Laws To ‘Prevent’ Vendors And Businesses ‘From Bypassing’ County Labor Regulations

(MINEOLA, LONG ISLAND) – Nassau County has upgraded their Living Wage Laws to prevent vendors and businesses from bypassing County Labor Regulations.

“Nassau is ‘taking action to help’ Working Class Families ‘and hold accountable’ the companies we do business with,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said. “The ‘loophole we closed allowed companies to appear smaller than they actually were to avoid paying their Workers a Living Wage.’”

The County Executive discussed changes in the County’s Labor Laws at a recent press conference that was attended by several Union Leaders, including John Durso, the President of Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union-United Food & Commercial Workers (RWSDU-UFCW) Local 338 – who also serves as Chairman of the Living Wage Advisory Board.  

Nassau County’s Living Wage Legislation is designed to ensure Employees of county vendors are earning a decent wage, receiving health benefits and getting an appropriate number of days off, Curran said.

Under the Law, a county vendor’s Full-Time Employees are eligible for 12 paid days off for sick leave, vacation or personal necessity. 

Since many companies who were seeking contracts with the county nefariously would meet the qualifications for a waiver in order to avoid the Living Wage Requirement, Nassau County Officials said they “needed to update” the regulations.

The changes to the Law allow the county to review a vendor’s parent company and related subsidiaries, as well as their compensation when determining waiver eligibility.

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: http://laborpress.org/nassau-county-improves-living-wage-regulations/

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