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  • Writer's pictureLaura Matlow Wong-Pan

New legislation protects freelancers in New York State.

If you are a contracted worker or freelancer, or you use contracted workers, you should be aware that on May 19, 2024, the “Freelance Isn’t Free Act,” goes into effect throughout New York State. This law adds Section 191-d to New York Labor Law and creates obligations regarding the treatment of independent contractors.  The new law applies to agreements with contractors valued at $800 or more within a 120-day period. Exceptions include certain sales representatives, lawyers, doctors, and construction contractors.

Under the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, contracts must include the name and mailing address of the contractor and hiring party, itemization of all services to be provided, information about the value of the services to be provided and the rate of compensation, the dates when services must be rendered, and the dates when payments must be made. The Freelance Isn’t Free Act also describes procedures for filing complaints in Court or with the Commissioner of Labor and allows for potential damages for noncompliance.

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