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NYC Passes Sweeping Freelance Worker Protection Law

NYC Passes Sweeping Freelance Worker Protection Law

December 16, 2016

Authored by: Bryan Cave, Sarah Bloom and Jay Warren

Retailers who contract with freelance workers in New York City should be aware of landmark legislation just passed to protect the wages of freelance works, including artists. The law takes effect on May 15, 2017.

The Act, appropriately named “Freelancers Aren’t Free” protects these workers by (1) requiring freelancer contracts to be in writing, (2) requiring timely payment, (3) prohibiting retaliation, and (4) providing specific remedies and damages available to aggrieved freelance workers. The law does not apply to sales representatives, attorneys or licensed medical professionals.

Writing Requirement: Contracts with freelancers for services of $800 or more (including the amounts for contracts between the same parties in the immediately preceding 120 days) must be in writing. The contract must include the name and address of the hiring party and the freelance worker, an itemization of the services the freelancer will provide and a price schedule for those services, and the

Election Day: Time Off to Vote Requirements

Election Day: Time Off to Vote Requirements

November 4, 2016

Authored by: Bryan Cave, Sarah Bloom and Jay Warren

Election Day is less than a week away and employees may have begun already requesting time off to go to the polls. The law varies state-by-state for when employers must honor these requests and grant employees voting leave. It is important to know the laws in your state, as certain states can subject the employer to civil or even criminal liability for failing to comply.

Please click here to view a summary of employers’ obligations to provide employees with time off to vote in the following eight states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, New York, and Texas. Each of these states has a law that governs which employees must be given time off, whether advance notice is required, and whether this time must be paid. This list is non-exhaustive and focuses on states where our firm has offices.

Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC do

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