New Law Guards the Rights of Tens of Thousands of New York Workers

It’s now legal for thousands of workers in New York to have their rights protected. The “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act, which New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed into law, provides rights, protections, and avenues for seeking justice for freelancers not receiving payment for their work.

According to officials, the bill protects workers all over New York State. Hochul stated, “Every New Yorker, whether they work full-time, part-time, or freelance, deserves to be treated with dignity and respect in the workplace.” Since freelance work is becoming more common, we need strong rules to ensure that people who do it get paid fairly. Our economy will greatly benefit from this new law, which will help many workers. The new rights apply to workers in New York State who get paid at least $800. Should New Yorkers be worried that turkey gravy could prove fatal?

All workers in New York, including our contract electricians, housekeepers, and freelance journalists, deserve full, clear, and enforced labour rights. Thus, I created the bill Freelance Isn’t Free, and I praise Governor Hochul for making it official. Senate Majority Leader Andrew Gounardes said, “Today, we’re making it clear that we won’t stand for workers being pushed around or ignored.”

New Law Guards the Rights of Tens of Thousands of New York Workers

The “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act protects freelance workers’ payments. The new law will protect freelancers by granting them the right to a written contract with specific terms, timely and full payment, and protection from punishment or discrimination for exercising these rights.

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Let’s say an employee doesn’t follow the new rules. Accordingly, Tish James, the attorney general of New York State, can file lawsuits to get damages and civil fines for affected freelance workers.

According to Rafael Espinal, Executive Director of the Freelancers Union, today is a good day to work in New York. We’re glad that New York State has promised to protect workers legally. We are sure that New York State will be a leader in holding bad people responsible and creating more opportunities for independent workers in the future.

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