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Governor Hochul Vetoes Statewide FIFA Legislation

Disappointing news for New York freelancers. According to reporter Zach Williams of the New York Post, Governor Kathy Hochul has vetoed the proposed bill that would have expanded the Freelance Isn’t Free Act’s reach outside of New York City to the rest of New York State. The state version of FIFA, which was a virtual …

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Kanye & Yeezy Sued for Freelance Isn’t Free Act Violations

The hits keep just coming for Kanye and Yeezy. According to Business Insider, freelancer Katelyn Mooney has sued Yeezy for failing to pay approximately $95,000 in overdue creative directing invoices for a recent photoshoot. Assuming that all of Ms. Mooney’s allegations are provably true, she should legally be entitled to $190,000 in total damages, or …

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“Freelancers Hub” Space Opens in Industy City, Brooklyn

Check out this article from Gothamist that details the brand new Freelancers Hub facility in Industry City. According to the article: “Now back in person, the coworking space will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will host workshops at night on the legal and business aspects of freelancing, classes on finances and …

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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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The Freelance Isn’t Free Act: Everything You NEED to Know About This Powerful Collections Law

Last Updated January 1, 2023 Let’s face it: New Yorkers are some of the hardest-working people in the world. And all New Yorkers, including freelancers, should be paid for their good work. But payment, alone, isn’t enough. Freelancers should be paid timely and in full, just like everyone else. That’s why New York City passed …

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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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Are you owed money for your freelance software development work? PayMeNYC can help!

Software developers, coders, and programmers in New York City are often hired on a per-job or per-hour basis. It is not uncommon for developers to moonlight on others’ projects in addition to their regular day jobs. Anyone who agrees to perform coding or programming work and who does not qualify as an employee (which includes …

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