Freelance isn’t Free Act – NYC

Know your rights
Freelancers are now protected by the Freelance isn’t Free Act. If your employer doesn’t pay you within 30 days, the City of NY will pursue payment on your behalf.

 

Freelance Isn’t Free Act

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/about/freelance-isnt-free-act.page

On May 15, 2017, Local Law 140 of 2016 took effect. The law establishes and enhances protections for freelance workers, specifically the right to:
•    A written contract
•    Timely and full payment
•    Protection from retaliation

The law establishes penalties for violations of these rights, including statutory damages, double damages, injunctive relief, and attorney’s fees.

Individual causes of action will be adjudicated in state court.

Where there is evidence of a pattern or practice of violations, the Corporation Counsel may bring civil action to recover a civil penalty of not more than $25,000.

This law also requires OLPS to receive complaints, create a court navigation program, and gather data and report on the effectiveness of the law.

Download a copy of the Law and Rules

Are you a freelance worker in NYC? Know your rights

Do you hire freelance workers? Know your responsibilities

Read 11/16/2016 press release: Mayor Bill de Blasio Signs Legislation Strengthening Protections for Freelance Workers