The Freelance Isn't Free Act


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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

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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.

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