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NYC’s “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” Might End Up Impacting Businesses Across the Country

by Fisher Phillips on

Many workers are leaving the comfort and stability of traditional 9 to 5 jobs in favor of more flexible options. This paradigm shift may be new to the general public, but it certainly does not appear to be a passing fad. In...more

May 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

This update of May 2017 developments in the area of independent contractor misclassification and compliance highlights three key legislative developments: the enactment of two new laws (one in New York City and the other in...more

Avoid the Pitfalls of NYC Freelancer Law

by Jones Day on

New York City's Freelance Isn't Free Act ("Act") took effect on May 15, 2017, and applies to any freelance contracts or agreements entered into on or after that date. The Act requires all agreements for freelance work of a...more

Businesses Need To Keep Rewriting Rules To Keep Pace With Rapid Changes

by Fisher Phillips on

A recent article citing the 2017 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends report notes that “the accelerating rate of change in business, the economy, and society challenges both business and HR to adopt new rules for leading,...more

New Freelancer Law Imposes Additional Requirements For NYC Companies Contracting With Freelancers

The Establishing Protections for Freelance Workers Act, also known as the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, (the “Freelance Law”), which was touted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as the first law in the nation aimed at...more

New York City Law Increasing Protections for Freelance Workers Takes Effect

In a previous post we discussed the significant new obligations New York City’s “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” imposes on employers that retain the services of freelance independent contractors. On May 15, these requirements...more

Freelance Isn’t Free: New York City Reins in Independent Contractors, One Work Provider at a Time

New York City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act (or FIFA, for short) is not just an attention-grabbing name, but game-changing legislation that has imposed unprecedented regulations on the Five Borough “gig economy.” FIFA, which...more

NYC's "Freelance Isn't Free" Act Effective May 15, 2017

by FordHarrison on

A new law regulating the hiring and payment of freelancers in New York City took effect May 15, 2017. The “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act impacts a large range of industries that routinely rely on independent contractors,...more

Labor and Employment Group News: New York City Enacts Freelance Worker Law

by Murtha Cullina on

Employers’ engagement of independent contractors has increased substantially in recent years. Short-term projects and the gig economy have fueled the need for workers, who are not looking (or are unable) to find permanent...more

Attention Employers: New York City’s “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” Takes Effect

by K&L Gates LLP on

Businesses, organizations, and individuals alike in New York City should be aware that on May 15, 2017, the City’s “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” (the “Act”) went into effect. The Act significantly broadens safeguards for...more

New NYC Law Imposes Additional Requirements On Companies Contracting With Freelancers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Effective May 15, 2017, the “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” delineates additional duties for businesses contracting with freelance workers on or after May 15, 2017, in New York City....more

NYC Says Put It in Writing for Freelancers, Stop Asking Job Candidates their Prior Salaries - The Freelance Isn’t Free Act...

Beginning May 15, 2017, independent contractors in New York City will be provided with heightened protections under the law, and those engaging independent contractors will, in most instances, be legally required to do so...more

New York City’s First-in-the-Nation Independent Contractor Law Takes Effect Next Week

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On May 15, 2017, a first-in-the-nation law regulating the relationship between independent contractors and those who retain their services goes into effect in New York City. Regardless of where a company is headquartered, it...more

New York City Law Protecting Freelance Workers Goes Into Effect on May 15, 2017

A new New York City law covering freelance workers goes into effect on May 15, 2017. The law, informally called the “Freelance Isn’t Free Act,” gives non-employee independent contractors the right to a written contract upon...more

Reminder for NYC Employers: Independent Contractor Law Takes Effect May 15

by Reed Smith on

On May 15, a new law takes effect in New York City that will require written agreements between many, if not most, independent contractors and the entities that engage them. As we previously reported, the “Freelance Isn’t...more

Episode 13: NYC's New Freelancer Protection Law And The Future Of The On-Demand Economy

by Akerman LLP on

Matt welcomes Work Market President/Co-Founder Jeff Wall to dispel myths about the developing "on-demand" workforce, discuss how new technology platforms and changing workplace demographics will continue to affect the labor...more

Reminder: New York City Ordinance Requiring Written Freelancer Agreements with Specific Provisions Takes Effect May 15, 2017

Late last year, we issued a client alert concerning the Freelance Isn’t Free Act (the “Act”), an ordinance which requires all agreements with freelancers operating in New York City with a value of $800 or more to be in...more

New York City "Freelance Isn't Free Act" To Take Effect

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The New York City “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” (FIFA) takes effect on May 15, 2017. The first of its kind in the country, FIFA was designed to protect independent contractors by imposing a number of strict requirements on...more

Two New Rules for New York City Employers

by White & Case LLP on

Prohibition with Respect to Salary Histories - In an effort to combat gender pay inequality, New York City will join Philadelphia and Massachusetts in prohibiting employers from inquiring about the salary histories of...more

New Rights for Freelance Workers in New York City

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

New York City has become the first city in the nation to protect freelance workers through legislation to prevent client non-payment, which is alleged to have become widespread. Some sources have estimated that 4 million...more

HR Expects to Continue Increasing Focus on Gig Economy Model

by Fisher Phillips on

Driven by a scarcity of qualified talent and the need for their companies to be increasingly agile and cost-effective, human resources (HR) leaders are increasing their focus on and preparing to embrace the mounting gig...more

Is Congress Poised To Reform Laws Affecting The Gig Economy?

by Fisher Phillips on

In recent months, we’ve blogged about New Year’s predictions for the freelance or gig economy in 2017, New Year resolutions, and what the Trump presidency might mean for gig workers in general, (specifically, the President’s...more

2016 New York Employment Law Year In Review

2016 brought big changes for New York State and City employers, including expansive new discrimination protections and substantial increases in the minimum wage and exempt salary thresholds. While New York employers who...more

Gig Economy — Bike Couriers Set the Wheels in Motion on Workers Benefits

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

‘Gig’ economy: Latest developments - In a further challenge by a worker in the ‘gig’ economy, an Employment Tribunal has ruled that a cycle courier was a ‘worker’ and qualified for various employment protections. The...more

New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee Advances Bill Concerning Payment of Freelance Workers

On January 19, 2017, the New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee advanced a bill (A-4410) that would require written contracts between “freelance workers” and their hiring entity (“client”). Those contracts would need to include...more

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