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New York Freelance Isn’t Free Act (5/20/24)

More and more individuals are breaking away from the traditional employer-employee model, and legislatures throughout the nation have been attempting to adapt to these ever-evolving work arrangements. The State of New York has followed, enacting the Freelance Isn’t Free Act (A.6040/S.5026) (the “Act”). While New York City has had a similar law in effect since 2017 (NYC’s Freelance Isn't Free Act), New York State’s version is broader in scope and aims to protect freelance workers outside the City.
New York Enacts Sweeping Changes to Independent Contractor Arrangements
Littler | Jan 2024

Effective date: 5/20/24
Text of the measure.

Governor Hochul Signs Legislation to Protect the Rights of Freelance Workers
Governor’s Press Release | Nov 2023

Additional Law Firm Articles

New York State Freelance Isn't Free Act
Venable | Apr 2024

The Act defines a “freelance worker” as “any natural person or organization composed of no more than one natural person, whether or not incorporated or employing a trade name, that is hired or retained as an independent contractor by a hiring party to provide services” in exchange for compensation.
New York State’s ‘Freelance Isn’t Free’ Act: What You Need To Know
Fox Rothschild | Dec 2023

The law will require hiring parties to pay freelancers the contracted compensation “on or before the date such compensation is due,” or “no later than thirty days after the completion” of the work if no date is specified in the contract.
New York Governor Signs Freelance Worker Protection Bill
Ogletree | Dec 2023

Under the law, a hiring party may not “threaten, intimidate, discipline, harass, deny a work opportunity to, or discriminate against a freelance worker, or take any other action that penalizes a freelance worker for, or is reasonably likely to deter a freelance worker from, exercising or attempting to exercise any right guaranteed under [the law], or from obtaining any future work opportunity because the freelance worker has done so.”
New York Enacts Statewide “Freelance Isn’t Free Act”
Proskauer via The National Law Review | Nov 2023


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