Independent Contractor Protection Law In Effect In New York City As Of May 15June 2017

New York City’s Freelance Workers Protection Law went into effect on May 15, 2017. The law covers “freelance workers,” which includes independent contractors, but excludes lawyers, doctors and sales representatives. The law affords freelance workers who will provide an individual or business more than $800.00 in total services the right to a written agreement which must include:

  • The name and address of the hiring party and the freelance worker;

  • An itemization of all services the freelance worker will provide;

  • The value of those services;

  • The rate and method by which the worker will be compensated; and

  • The date on which the hiring party must pay the contracted compensation or the mechanism by which such date will be determined (e.g., within twenty days of invoice)

Any individual or business that fails to comply with the law will be subject to the imposition of significant monetary damages.

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