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    New NYC Law Requires Written Contracts for Freelancers

    January 2, 2017

    By MERLYNE JEAN-LOUIS, ESQ.

     

    On November 16, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio signed into law a bill that will provide more wage protection to freelance workers. Under the Freelancer Isn't Free Act, which goes into effect in May 2017, freelancers/independent contractors living in NYC would be entitled to the right to:

     

    • Have a written contract containing certain provisions, like the name and mailing address of the hiring party and freelancer, if the value of services is $800 or more;

    • Be fully and timely paid according to the contract or, if no date is specified in the contract, no later than 30 days after the freelancer has completed services; and

    • Be free from retaliatory action by hiring party.

     

    Those who hire freelancers should be sure to comply with this new law because there are severe penalties: repeat violators could pay a penalty of up to $25,000.

     

    For more information, visit this link. If you have questions about contracts, you can contact us here.

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