Freelancer Payment Protection Act
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Cedomir Pusica  Identity Verified
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Mar 28, 2012

Hi all,

You might find this video at least entertaining. I guess the US citizens among us can even help push this act thru.

Cheers!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RRo0tTngEE8


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JL01  Identity Verified
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NY State only Mar 28, 2012

That Bill has been pending in New York State for quite some time. At least over a year.

Although I live in NY State, I don't know if it would help with out-of-state customers.


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A Worldwide Need Mar 29, 2012

Maybe somehow we can all stand together to get such a law in every country...? Starting with New York State?

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Krzysztof Kajetanowicz  Identity Verified
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when I was a kid Mar 29, 2012

When I was a kid, I thought every problem could be solved by adding to the stockpile of laws and regulations.

"It ain't like that."

Especially when you consider how freelancers who support this bill are shooting themselves in the foot. Anyone here actually read it, or just watched this stupid commercial advertising a state senator?

Link: http://m.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S4129-2011

This bill, among other things:

- puts the Labour Commisioner between you and your client, arguing that you're something of an employee,
- sets payment terms for you - if your client pays excellent money but is unable or unwilling to make the statutory deadline, instead of risking dispute with the Labour Commisioner he'll go elsewhere,
- forces the client to have a written contract with you, which means that many (often well-paid) rush jobs are gone forever,
- forces the client to keep records of your contract for six years.

Why not decide that the minimum rate for freelance work is the equivalent of $100 an hour and make sure that freelancers are kicked out of the market altogether by firms that have in-house people...

[Edited at 2012-03-29 16:42 GMT]


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JL01  Identity Verified
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Contract does not need to be in writing Mar 29, 2012

In NY State, a contract does not need to be written. An oral contract is still a contract.

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