Tackling rotten contracts in the Big Apple

Freelances in New York City (partly an island off the coast of the US) have won action against some unfair working practices.

City government passed the local Freelance Isn't Free Act on 16 November. Anyone who hires a freelance for work over $800 must have a contract outlining the scope of work, rate, method of payment, and the payment due date.

Clients must not say "We can pay you faster, but only if you accept less" and must pay within 30 days.

Freelances will be able to make complaints to the city Department of Consumer Affairs or file court actions - and there is an anti-retaliation clause. See www.freelanceisntfree.org for more.