What is the Freelance Isn't Free Act? On Oct. 27, 2016 the New York City Council voted unanimously to pass the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, the country's first law to help protect freelancers against nonpayment. The law mandates that freelancers be paid in full for work worth $800 or more over 120 days, either by a date set forward in writing or within 30 days of completing an assigned task. The Freelance Isn't Free Act also aims to protect freelancers from employer retaliation, for exercising their rights. Contract workers who still haven’t been paid within two years can file a complaint with the city’s Office of Labor Standards. The employer must respond to the complaint within 20 days or face court, double payment of wages, attorneys’ fees and other monetary consequences. NYC's Local Law 140 of 2016 Reports Legislation Details .pdf Legislation Text .pdf Legislation Details w/ Text .pdf How to get involved If you would like to advocate for expanding protections nationally, bringing this to the attention of your elected officials is a step in the right direction. Ask them how the legislative process works in your district, and what you can you do to help bring FIFA to your state. Ask them to get behind this movement. Directory of Legislators: Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming U.S. Territories American Samoa Guam Northern Mariana Islands Puerto Rico Virgin Islands Governors Mayors Let your voice be heard.