One year ago today, the landmark Freelance Isn’t Free law went into effect in New York City, giving freelancers unprecedented protection from nonpayment. The law represents a huge victory for the freelancers who worked tirelessly to support its passage, showing the power freelancers have when they come together on the issues that matter to them.

Did you know…

  • The Freelance Isn’t Free law in New York City mandates that all work over $800 must have a contract.
  • NYC Freelancers can file a nonpayment claim with the Department of Consumer Affairs, who will take action on your behalf.
  • If you successfully pursue a case in small claims court, you’re eligible for double damages plus attorneys fees.

In celebration of the anniversary of the law, we’re launching new resources to help freelancers dealing with nonpayment, a page that explains the law, as well as a new toolkit for freelancers who want to bring Freelance Isn’t Free to their city:

VISIT OUR GUIDE TO GETTING PAID

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE FREELANCE ISN'T FREE LAW

FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN BRING #FreelanceIsntFree TO YOUR CITY

Ready to get involved? Sign our petition, share your nonpayment story, and email us at advocacy@freelancersunion.org if you want to be a leader in your community.

Together we can ensure freelancers across the country have their work protected. I hope you’ll tell your friends about the law and spread the word that #FreelanceIsntFree.