The Freelance Isn’t Free Act is a piece of legislation aimed at protecting freelancers in the United States from nonpayment for their work. The act was passed in New York City in 2016 and requires that all contracts for freelance work valued at $800 or more include specific provisions, such as the scope of work, the rate of pay, and the due date for payment. The act also gives freelancers the right to take legal action if they are not paid for their work, including the right to file a complaint with the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs or to pursue a lawsuit in court.
The Freelance Isn’t Free Act is one of the first pieces of legislation aimed at addressing the issue of nonpayment in the freelancing industry. It sets a standard for the treatment of freelancers and gives them the tools they need to protect their rights and get paid for their work. The act has been widely praised by freelancers and advocacy groups, and has been used as a model for similar legislation in other cities and states.