Freelancers Union Organization announced today the news that Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the Freelance Isn’t Free Act into law yesterday, November 16, 2016.
This is truly a historic event as New York City is now the in the nation to protect freelance workers against client nonpayment. As reporting on Freelance Union’s website, as of today 38% of workers in NYC freelance and 55 million Americans freelance across the country.
With this Act, businesses are required to provide written contracts for freelance gigs, which will allow freelancers the ability to file complaints against non and late-paying clients with the Department of Labor Standards. This also institutes penalties against clients found guilty of nonpayment in small claims court.
To view the legislation, click HERE.
To sign a petition in your city, click HERE.
To learn more information, please visit the Freelancers Union site today.