NEW YORK CITY’S NEW “FREELANCE ISN’T FREE” ACT

A new law which establishes and enhances protections for freelance workers went into effect in New York City on May 15, 2017.  This law gives freelance workers the right to (a) a written contract, (b) timely and full payment, and (c) protection from retaliation.

The law establishes penalties for violations of these rights, including statutory damages, double damages, injunctive relief and attorneys’ fees.  Individual causes of action may be adjudicated in state court.

Where there is evidence of a pattern or practice of violations, the New York State Corporation Counsel may bring a civil action to recover a civil penalty of not more than $25,000.00.

To learn more about this law, feel free to call Feather Law Firm, P.C. at (516) 745-9000.

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