On November 16, 2016, Mayor De Blasio signed a bill known as the Freelance Isn’t Free Act into law, granting new protections for freelance workers. This new local law takes effect on May 15, 2017.
Under the new law, most freelancers working in New York City who aren’t paid what they’re owed will be able to sue the person or company that hired them for the money they are owed plus an equal amount as liquidated damages, doubling the amount of money they can recover. Attorney’s fees can also be recovered, which will make it easier for freelancers to find attorneys willing to represent them on a contingency basis.
Employers will also be required to provide a written contract for any engagement that has a total value of $800 or more. The full text of the freelance workers protection law can be found here: http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2530972&GUID=61F8754B-80AF-493E-895E-D6D17209776E
If you work as a freelancer, after May 15, 2017, and don’t receive the money you are owed for your services, you should speak with a New York City employment lawyer to learn about your rights and discuss your legal options. We may be able to help get you the money you are owed.
Call New York City employment lawyers Lichten & Bright, P.C. at 646-588-4870 or contact us through our website to discuss your case.