Contingent Workers Will No Longer Work For Free in NY

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The often overlooked, but rapidly growing contingent workforce is now being fully protected in the state of New York. On May 15, 2017, the “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” went into effect in order to safeguard freelancers from clients who short-change them out of their due wages.

“Freelance workers play a critical role in the economic strength and vitality of this city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “With these new protections, freelance workers will have more confidence that they will be paid in a timely manner for their work, and if they are not paid, they will have a path to pursue full reimbursement for their labor. This is just one of many steps we are taking to ensure that workers’ rights are enforced and respected in this city.”

Under this new law, freelancers have the right to:

  • A written contract stating the names and addresses of both parties involved
  • Full payment and on time or within 30 days of job completion
  • Protection from retaliation by the client

There are over a half a million contingent workers in NY who are expected to benefit from these new fortifications.  If there is evidence of a pattern of violations, a civil penalty of $25,000 may be issued by the Corporation Counsel.

Learn more about this new law and what NY is doing to protect its contingent workforce, here.

If you or a member of your team would benefit from a further discussion on how PRO can help you with your contingent workforce management program, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at

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