Hey Freelance Nation, wouldn’t it be nice to feel like the law is on your side?
On Monday, December 7, we introduced the #FreelanceIsntFree Bill to New York City Hall. The #FreelanceIsntFree bill is the nation’s first proposed legislation protecting freelancers against client nonpayment in the nation.
This campaign is just gathering steam and now is the time to act. Join the #FreelanceIsntFree Campaign now to show your support and send a clear message to your local leadership.
Here’s what the #FreelanceIsntFree bill means for New York City freelancers:
- Anyone who hires a freelancer must have a contract outlining the scope of work, rate, method of payment, and the payment due date
- The burden of having a contract falls on the clients – not the freelancer
- Clients cannot require that freelancers accept less than the contract stipulates in exchange for timely payment (ie: “We can pay you faster, but only if you accept less.”)
- Payment must be received no later than 30 days after the paid-on date
Included in the bill is an anti-retaliation clause which stipulates that clients cannot threaten retaliation against anyone for bringing a suit. Clients who do not provide a contract, are late to pay, or fail to pay a freelancer for work can be sued under this new legislation.
Remedies for a deadbeat client under the #FreelanceIsntFree Bill:
- Freelancers will be able to make a complaint of the Department of Consumer Affairs
- Freelancers may file a court action and litigate against the deadbeat client
- If the judge rule in the freelancer’s favor, clients will be responsible for the freelancer’s attorney fees
- If the judge rules in the freelancer’s favor, clients will be fined double the amount owed
- Clients who knowingly and willingly engage in the unlawful payment practices set out in the bill will be subject to a criminal misdemeanor charge.
While this is a big step forward for the #FreelanceIsntFree Campaign, we’re counting on you to help us follow through and get this legislation passed.
Not in New York City? Your support now will make it easier to pass similar legislation in your local area in the future. Tell your representatives today: #FreelanceIsntFree.