NYC Council’s Committee on Consumer Affairs Holds Hearing on Freelance Isn’t Free Act; Graphic Artists, Writers, Domestic Workers and more Rally at City Hall in Support of Bill
1.3 Million Freelancers in NYC; Average Lost to Nonpayment Epidemic: $5,968 / year
WHAT: At press conference before NYC Council’s Consumer Affairs Committee hearing, gig workers rally behind bill to stop NYC’s nonpayment epidemic, pass “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act.
WHO: Representatives of NYC’s 1.3 million freelancers, including wage theft victims
Council Members Brad Lander, Margaret Chin
Council Member Rafael Espinal, Chair Consumer Affairs Committee.
United Federation of Teachers (UFT)
National Domestic Workers Alliance
Make the Road New York
New York Tech Meetup
WHERE: City Hall Steps
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 29th, at 12pm (Hearing at 1 p.m.)
The “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act (Int. 1017) requires any company who hires a freelance worker to execute a simple written contract, describing the work to be completed, the rate and method of payment, and date when payment is due. Deadbeat companies who refuse to pay, or try to force freelancers to wait months to get paid in full, would have to answer to the City’s Department of Consumer Affairs and face penalties, including double damages, attorney’s fees, and civil penalties. The bill is sponsored by Council member Brad Lander and has 27 co-sponsors.