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New York Protects Freelance Workers

Last week,  New York City passed the nation’s first law to protect freelancers from client nonpayment. The Freelancing Isn’t Free Act, sponsored by Councilmember and Local Progress co-founder Brad Lander, passed with 51 votes. It requires written contracts for freelance work and allows freelancers to file complaints against non and late-paying clients with the Department of Labor Standards. It also institutes penalties against clients found guilty of nonpayment in small claims court. Thirty-eight percent of New Yorkers and more than 55 million Americans freelance. The New York law offers an example for other cities looking to protect their freelance workers