New York cracks down on independent contractors

Effective May 15, 2017, New York enacted the “Freelance Isn’t Free Act,” which restricts a company’s right to enter into independent contracts. Restrictions include the requirement for a written contract, full payments within 30 days or by the deadline set forth in the written contract (for payments of $800 or more) and protection from retaliation.

Penalties include statutory damages, double damages, injunctive relief, and attorney’s fees. Individuals may sue to vindicate their rights in state court, and if satisfied there a pattern or practice of violations, the government can sue to recover a penalty up to $25,000.

Complaints can be filed with the state of New York, which can also assist individuals in navigating civil lawsuits.

Source: Freelance Isn’t Free Act – DCA

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