New York City Enacts Protection for Freelance Workers, Effective May 15, 2017
A single person or an entity with only one person, engaged as an independent contractor by companies in New York City for work worth more than $800 (including multiple small projects within a 120 day period), is entitled to a written Freelance Contract that provides timely and full wage payment rights, prohibits retaliation if they exercise their rights, and provides penalties against companies for non-compliance.
A freelance worker can file a complaint with Department of Consumer Affairs’s (DCA) Office of Labor Policy & Standards. DCA will notify you if a complaint is filed against you. You must respond to the notice of complaint in writing within 20 days. If you do not respond and if the freelance worker files a civil action in court, the judge will presume that you committed the violations. If you have questions, email email@example.com.
A freelance worker can file a civil action in court for violations of the law. If a court finds that you violated the law, you can be liable for damages—double damages for late payment or nonpayment; additional damages for failure to provide a written contract or retaliation—plus attorneys’ fees and costs.
New York Contract
Form 137 Freelance contract pursuant to NYC Admin. Code. 6-17
Form 3137 Freelance contract, 6-19