NY Freelance Isn’t Free Act Goes into Effect May 20, 2024, Are You Prepared?

If you have any questions regarding the employment law updates discussed in this alert, please contact a member of the HDRB&B Employment Group.

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The New York Freelance Isn’t Free Act (FIFA) is set to take effect on May 20, 2024, and will provide enhanced protections for New York freelance workers. The legislation may also impact out-of-state employers who employ freelancers in New York.

Under the Act:

  • All agreements for employment between an employer and a freelance worker be in writing, and each party must be provided with a copy.
  • Freelance workers must be paid either on or before the date payment is due in their agreement. If a date is not specified, the worker must be paid within 30 days of the completion of the work.
  • Once work has begun, freelance workers cannot be asked to take less money in exchange for timely payment.
  • Written contracts between employers and freelance workers must include the parties’ names and addresses, all services to be provided, the amount, method, and date of compensation, and a deadline to complete services.
  • Employers cannot retaliate against freelance workers for exercising their rights under the Act.
  • The Act also creates a private right of action for violations.

The New York Department of Labor is expected to issue proposed regulations for implementing the Act.

QUESTIONS? If you have any questions or concerns regarding the employment law updates discussed in this alert, or other employment law questions, please contact:

Heather Adelman, Esq.hadelman@hdrbb.com | 201.649.8066
Maralee Sanders, Esq. | msanders@hdrbb.com | 201.649.8073