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New Law Installs Enforcement And Pay Protection For NYC Freelancers


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The New York City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to give freelance workers a set of protections against wage theft that are believed to be the first of their kind in the country.

Known as the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, the measure requires anyone hiring a freelance worker to agree in writing to a timetable and procedure for payment, and increases the potential awards to freelancers bringing legal complaints against those who have failed to pay them promptly.




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Seems like a good step forward. Though as someone who lives in New Jersey but works in NYC, I'm curious how this bit is going to play out:


It would cover workers who live in New York City; there is some ambiguity about whether it would apply to workers who live outside the city but work for companies based in the city.


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