Freelance designer

At least someone is looking after freelancers

In the land that has given us Donald Trump there is some hope yet.

The following has been released by the New York City Consumer affairs.

Freelance Isn’t Free Act

On May 15, 2017, Local Law 140 of 2016 will take effect. The law establishes and enhances protections for freelance workers, specifically the right to:
•    A written contract
•    Timely and full payment
•    Protection from retaliation

The law establishes penalties for violations of these rights, including statutory damages, double damages, injunctive relief, and attorney’s fees.

Individual causes of action will be adjudicated in state court.

Where there is evidence of a pattern or practice of violations, the Corporation Counsel may bring civil action to recover a civil penalty of not more than $25,000.

This law also requires OLPS to receive complaints, create a court navigation program, and gather data and report on the effectiveness of the law.

Read 11/16/2016 press release: Mayor Bill de Blasio Signs Legislation Strengthening Protections for Freelance Workers

Download Protecting NYC’s Freelance Workers flyer.

Take away

We need Australian legislators to look at this and learn.

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