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A 6698A - Freelance Wage Protection - Key Vote

New York Key Votes




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Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (84-58) - (Key vote)

Title: Freelance Wage Protection

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes wage protections for independent contractors who do not receive agreed-upon payments from clients.

  • Defines independent contractor as a "sole proprietor who is not an employee and who is hired or retained by a client for an amount equal to or greater than $600" (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes Department of Labor to review complaints, make claims for compensation, and access liquid damages (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes awards of reasonable attorney fees and liquidated damages (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that complaints must be made within 6 years of failure to receive payment (Sec. 1).
  • Establishes penalty for failure to pay compensation as follows (Sec. 1):
    • First Offense: Misdemeanor Conviction, with a fine of no less than $500 and no more than $20,000, or imprisonment for no more than 1 year; and
    • Second or Subsequent Offenses within 6 years of the first: Felony Conviction, with a fine of no less than $500 and no more than $20,000, or imprisonment for no more than 1 year plus 1 day.
  • Specifies that this act shall become effective immediately (Sec. 2).
Legislation - Referred to Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Freelance Wage Protection



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