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Freelance Isn't Free law
to your city

The Freelance Isn't Free law passed unanimously in NYC – now it's time to take it across the nation.  

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Here’s what the Freelance Isn't Free law means for New York City freelancers:

  • Anyone who hires a freelancer for work over $800 must have a contract outlining the scope of work, rate, method of payment, and the payment due date
  • The burden of having a contract falls on the clients – not the freelancer
  • Clients cannot require that freelancers accept less than the contract stipulates in exchange for timely payment (ie: “We can pay you faster, but only if you accept less.”)
  • Payment must be received no later than 30 days after the paid-on date

Remedies for a deadbeat client under the Freelance Isn't Free law:

  • Freelancers will be able to make a complaint of the Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Freelancers may file a court action and litigate against the deadbeat client
  • If the judge rule in the freelancer’s favor, judges may hold the client responsible for the freelancer’s attorney fees
  • If the judge rules in the freelancer’s favor, clients can face fines up to double the amount owed
  • Clients who knowingly and willingly engage in the unlawful payment practices set out in the bill will be subject to a criminal misdemeanor charge.

Finally, the legislation will include an anti-retaliation clause to prevent clients from retributive action. 

Supporters of the Freelance Isn't Free law


ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York

American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) 

American Sustainable Business Council

And Co

Ask Domino

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Brooklyn Creative League

Center for Social Innovation

Civic Hall



General Assembly

Graphic Artists Guild

Impact Hub NYC


Lower Manhattan Headquarters

Make the Road

Managed by Q

Musicians for Musicians

National Domestic Workers Alliance

National Employment Law Project

National Guestworker Alliance

National Writers Union UAW Local 1981

New York Tech Meetup


The Partnership for Working Families




UAW Region 9a



Work Market

The Yard