NYC Passes Law to Protect Contractors, Freelancers

NYC Passes Law to Protect Contractors, Freelancers Self-Pub The New York City Council has just passed a law which will impact how authors hire experts to work on their next book.

The "Freelancers Aren't Free" Act codifies a number of regulations designed to protect freelancers from getting stiffed by their clients.

According to Gothamist the bill's provisions include:

Under the provisions of the bill, employers will have a 30 day window after a freelancer renders services (or after an agreed-upon date) to make payment in full. They will also be required to provide a written contract to freelancers working on projects for which they will be paid $800 or more.

Freelancers who bring successful litigation against employers in breach of the law will be entitled to double damages as well as attorneys' fees. Employers will also be prohibited from retaliating against freelancers who seek to enforce their labor rights.

...

The bill also establishes a formal mechanism for the director of the Department of Consumer Affairs to enforce the labor rights of freelancers who are stiffed by employers.

The bill is awaiting Mayor de Blasio's signature.

I don't  think this bill has gotten much press, but it's going to have wide-ranging impact beyond simply protecting those who are regarded as freelancers. Even though few have made the connection, this bill will also protect the "contractors" who make a living in the gig, or servants as a service, industry.

According to the Freelancer's Union, 38% of workers in NYC freelance.  That figure grows to 55 million when we consider the entire US, which means that if other states follow NYC's lead this could affect everyone from Uber to Amazon.

StoryBoard, Freelancer's Union

image by markus spiske

Nate Hoffelder

View posts by Nate Hoffelder
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to top
%d bloggers like this: