Freelance Isn't Free Act
On May 15, 2017, Local Law 140 of 2016 took 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.
New York City Administrative Code > Title 20: Consumer and Worker Protection > Chapter 10: Freelance Workers
Are you a freelance worker in NYC? Know your rights
Do you hire freelance workers? Know your responsibilities
Press Releases and Reports
11/01/2023: Read report: 5-Year Report on NYC's Freelance Isn't Free Act
10/26/2023: Read press release: Department of Consumer and Worker Protection and Freelancers Union Celebrate Launch of NYC Free Tax Prep Services for Self-Employed Filers
07/12/2023: Read release: Mayor Adams Announces Settlement With Media Company L’Officiel USA Over Violations of Freelance Isn't Free Act
09/28/2022: Read press release: Freelancers Union Opens Its Doors: A Hub for NYC's Independent Workforce
05/15/2018: Read press release: New York City Sues French Fashion Media Company L'Officiel USA for Failing to pay NYC Freelancers
05/15/2018: Read report: Demanding Rights in an On-Demand Economy: Key Findings from Year One of NYC’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act
05/15/2018: Read press release: Freedom for Freelancers: Department of Consumer Affairs Releases Report Marking the First Year of the Freelance Isn't Free Act
05/15/2017: Read press release: Freelancers Aren't Free: Mayor Announces First in Nation Protections for Freelance Workers
11/16/2016: Read press release: Mayor Bill de Blasio Signs Legislation Strengthening Protections for Freelance Workers