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Friday, February 24, 2017

Freelance Isn't Free Act

Freelance Isn't Free Act

New Protections for Freelance Workers 

Many employers that do not want to commit to hiring a permanent employee with the accompanying expenses such as medical benefits, often hire freelancers for such things as public relations, computer programming, care-giving and housekeeping. Many times the employment relationship is informal, based on nothing more than an oral understanding and many times the freelancer is not paid. A brand new, New York City, law tries to put this to an end.

The law, called the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, L. 2016/140, now requires, that upon demand, an employer of a freelance worker must provide a written contract and the freelancer must be paid pursuant to it, or the employer will suffer dire consequences.