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What Every Freelancer Should Know About the New Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

Last night, Congress passed a $2 Trillion relief package for Americans affected by the Coronavirus. Here’s what every freelancer should know about the bill and how it could affect you: The bill establishes a “Pandemic Unemployment Assistance” program that will provide workers who do not ordinarily qualify for unemployment insurance — such as freelancers, furloughed …

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Why All NYC Freelancers Need a Written Contract, and 15 Ways to Improve Yours

Did you know? Contracts need not be in writing to be enforceable in New York City. However, a written contract will help greatly increase the chance you get paid. If you don’t get paid, a written contract will also help you prevail on your Freelance Isn’t Free Act (“FIFA”) claim and possibly collect double your …

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Why you won’t be blacklisted for pursuing your freelance payment rights

Many freelancers are afraid of being blacklisted if they speak up about their unpaid invoices. Never fear! The Freelance Isn’t Free Act (“FIFA”) contains broad anti-blacklisting provisions that penalize hiring parties from punishing you for asserting non-payment claims. Specifically, FIFA makes it illegal to “threaten, intimidate, discipline, harass, deny a work opportunity to or discriminate” …

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Should you pursue a Freelance Isn’t Free Act claim? These stats say YES!

The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs released a report on the Freelance Isn’t Free Act (“FIFA”) that found the following: 61% of people making claims under FIFA recovered payment within 91 days. The average person recovered $2,039. An estimated 150,000 freelancers in New York City experience late payments or no payments annually. 72% of people …

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