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Why You May Need A “Freelance Isn’t Free” Lawyer

New York recently passed the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, an attempt to address how the gig economy has changed the way people work.

More and more workers are choosing to operate as freelancers. While freelancers may partner with businesses long-term, they are not employed by those businesses. This meant they did not have some of the legal protections enjoyed by other employees, but the new law seeks to fix that.

Experienced New York small business attorneys understand how laws are always changing. Business owners and employees need to be well aware of how these changes can impact their rights and obligations. Specifically, freelancers who have been taken advantage of may want to work with a skilled employment lawyer to consider their options under this brand-new law. Clients across New York trust our attorney team at Sutton Sachs Meyer PLLC with their business law concerns.

What Is The Freelance Isn’t Free Act in New York?

The Freelance Isn’t Free Act was set up to help offer wage protections to freelance workers. Many salaried and hourly workers always had protections in place, but freelancers did not. The bill was designed to bridge that gap as the economy changed.

However, there was a setback in 2022 when the bill was vetoed by Governor Kathy Hochul. She claimed that the bill wasn’t clear enough as to how it would affect the state budget and that it would be difficult to enforce as written.

In late 2023, the governor signed a new version of the bill into law.

What Does The Freelance Act Address Specifically?

This new law contains numerous provisions, including the following:

  • When clients request work over $250, contracts are required.
  • Payment must be made within 30 days.
  • Freelancers get anti-retaliation protections and wage theft protections.
  • Those who violate these provisions could face fines of up to $25,000.

The new law should theoretically help freelancers get paid correctly and on time, and it gives them legal tools they can use if their rights are violated.

Questions? Call Us Now!

Significant changes to wage and hour laws can be confusing for both freelance workers and small business owners in New York. At Sutton Sachs Meyer PLLC, our skilled and experienced team can help you consider the nuances of the law and explore any potential legal options, when necessary. Call us today at 212-480-4351 or use our contact form to learn more about how we can help you navigate these changing laws and any legal complications.