Freelance Doesn’t Mean ‘Free’ in New York City

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Way to put a foot down.

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“New York City will be the first city in the nation to protect freelancers and independent contractors from getting stiffed,” Brooklyn council member Brad Lander said, when ushering in the ‘Freelance Isn’t Free’ act. The act stipulates that those who are self-employed (currently a third of NYC’s workforce) must be paid in full for work worth US$800 or more by either a set date or within 30 days of work submission. There’ll also be hefty financial consequences for employers who refuse to pay on time. It’s great news, considering 70 per cent of freelancers in New York have reported problems with receiving payment.

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