New York City employers might want to take a look at some newrules taking effect as a result of the Freelance Isn’t Free Act,passed unanimously by the New York City Council lastNovember.

A Gothamist report that appeared days after the law’spassage points out that it is the first law in the country toprovide freelancer protections against nonpayment, andthat “the legislation mandates that freelancers be paid in full fortheir work either by a date set forward in writing, or within 30days of completing an assigned task. The law also aims to protectfreelancers from employer retaliation, and can increase monetaryconsequences for employers who refuse to pay.”

The law, which took effect in May, is augmented by rules takingeffect July 24 that, according to the Society for Human ResourceManagement, will result in increased scrutiny of independentcontractor relationships. The rules, according to a New York CityDepartment of Consumer Affairs notice, “clarify provisions in thelaw, establish requirements to implement and meet the goals of thelaw, and provide guidance to covered hiring parties and protectedfreelance workers.”

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