Freelance isn’t free: know your rights as a freelancer

Learn about the Freelance Isn't Free law and how it protects NYC freelancers from nonpayment

Wednesday June 19
Classroom 3
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


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Did you know that it’s against the law for freelancers in New York City to not be paid within 30 days of rendered services?  The Freelance Isn’t Free Law went into effect on May 15, 2017 to provide basic protections for freelance work that include mandatory contracts, 30-day payment terms, payment agreement protections, anti-retaliation, legal assistance, and double damages. This law covers NYC freelancers who are earning 1099 income, owed over $800 of work in a 4-month period.

During this workshop, you will learn about the Freelance Isn't Free Law protections in place to better support freelancers in NYC, directly from experts at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, Elena González, Assistant Attorney General, Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau, New York State Office of the Attorney General, and Freelancers Union staff.

What you will learn:

1. Understand the basic protections for freelancers under the Freelance Isn't Free law

2. What to do if facing nonpayment or late payment as a freelancer

3. How to be compliant with the law as a hiring party

Presenter Bios

Elena González, Assistant Attorney General, Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau, New York State Office of the Attorney General

Elena González has been an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau for nearly five years focusing primarily on the housing and auto lending industries.  Prior to working at the OAG, she served as a Staff Attorney and Deputy Director of the Regulatory Compliance Division at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, an agency that licenses and regulates businesses in NYC.  Her clerkship with the Honorable Robert E. Grossman at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York began at the height of the foreclosure crisis and helped solidify her passion and commitment to consumer issues.  Elena is a graduate of Cornell University and Brooklyn Law School.


David Hernandez-Argueta is a Navigator at the Office of Labor Policy and Standards at the Department of Consumer Affairs. He has been with the agency since May of 2017. David is one half of the freelance team. During his time at OLPS, he has been tasked with fielding complaints under the Freelance law and has helped freelance workers collect over $300,000 in payments owed.