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New NYC Law Imposes Additional Requirements on Companies Contracting With Freelancers

    Effective May 15, 2017, the "Freelance Isn't Free Act" delineates additional duties for businesses contracting with freelance workers on or after May 15, 2017, in New York City.

    The law:

    • requires the parties to enter into a written contract,
    • requires businesses to pay freelancers timely and in full,
    • prohibits retaliation, and
    • creates penalties for violations, including statutory damages, double damages, injunctive relief, and attorney's fees.

    Previously, New York State law allowed for actions to recover breach of contract damages for failure to pay a freelance worker, whereas the new law establishes and enhances legal remedies available to freelance workers in New York City.

    Please click on the following link to read the full post by Jackson Lewis attorneys Jonathan Bing, Rich Greenberg, Dan Jacobs, James Ansorge, and Daisy Tomaselli.


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