Noam Scheiber, As Freelancers’ Ranks Grow, New York Moves to See They Get What They’re Due
NYC will 'level the playing field' so that freelancers can demand redress from clients that are slow to pay.

Great news in New York City for freelancers, as a result of pressure from groups like the Freelancers Union, led by Sara Horowitz. The New York City Council has unanimously voted in favor of regulations that will protect freelancers against wage theft, and may be the first in the country:

Known as the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, the measure requires anyone hiring a freelance worker to agree in writing to a timetable and procedure for payment, and increases the potential awards to freelancers bringing legal complaints against those who have failed to pay them promptly.

The bill represents one of the earliest policy efforts to grapple directly with the growth in the so-called gig economy — a term that typically refers to the likes of temporary workers, contract workers, independent contractors and freelance workers. According to one estimate by the economists Lawrence Katz and Alan Krueger, this group grew to almost 16 percent of the work force in late 2015 from roughly 10 percent in early 2005.

“New York is in some ways at the center of the gig economy, of the evolution of the economy to more independent and contingent work,” Brad Lander, the councilman who introduced the legislation, said.

But Mr. Lander, Democrat of Brooklyn, added that the existing employment and labor laws are “so badly outdated they don’t give the basic protections all workers expect, much less broader support and benefits to all workers in the growing gig economy.”

The Freelancers Union, a group that played a key role in shaping the measure, estimates that there are nearly 4 million freelancers in the New York metropolitan area. A recent survey by the group found that half of all freelancers nationwide said they had encountered trouble getting paid in 2014, and that more than 70 percent struggled to collect payment at some point in their careers.

Sara Horowitz, the union’s executive director, said one of the bill’s most consequential provisions could be the requirement of a written contract for any freelance relationship for which the compensation is at least $800 over a four-month period.

“One of the things that trips people up is they go to sue in Small Claims Court and try to get a judgment and they don’t have a contract,” she said. “You’re left with, ‘We had a conversation. I wrote down these notes.’”

The bill also stipulates that freelancers who do not receive full payment on time are to receive double damages if they win in court. So, for example, freelancers who previously would have been awarded $5,000 in damages from a company that failed to pay them would collect $10,000 if they prevailed. On top of that, the court would automatically require the company to pay their legal fees and would award an additional amount if there were no contract or an incomplete contract.

Next step, getting these sensible and forward-looking regulations enacted state-by-state, and nationally.

today my design professor talked to me about a freelance design position she knows about for next semester and she thinks i’d be good for it! she wants to give my name to the people! SHE THINKS IM GOOD ENOUGH TO DO THAT like oh my god i get so worried about graduation because on top of all the normal worries i think “i didn’t go to art school and get a degree in graphic design and that is a big requirement for so many positions” but! my teacher thinks its ok! she thinks IM GONNA BE OK! god i just … am so happy


Drawing Red vs Blue characters without their helments is the only thing i seem to be able to do right now.

This show has given me so many feels it’s not even funny. It has everything you want in a show :super awesome fight scenes, brilliant characters, hilarious lines and HEART WRENCHING PAIN YAAAAY!!
10/10 would recommend! (seriously this show is gold)

also Caboose is a massive idiot and completely insane and i love him.

How to Make a Peanut Butter Sandwich, by the Freelancers

Inspired by this post:

1. Dad orders you to make a peanut butter sandwich.
2. Make peanut butter sandwich.
3. Punch sandwich.
4. Stare at it moodily.

1. Director orders you to make a peanut butter sandwich.
2. Make peanut butter sandwich.
3. Punch sandwich.
4. Add jelly to sandwich.

5. Try to add jelly and bananas to sandwich.
6. Fail miserably.

1. Growl at sandwich ingredients intimidatingly.
2. Listen to the voices in your head that tell you that you should take other people’s sandwiches to make one big, AWESOME sandwich.
3. Kill other Freelancers and take their sandwiches.

1. Get peanut butter and jelly mixed up.
2. Have a more competent teammate help you make the sandwich.
3. Eat the sandwich while still wearing your helmet.
4. Get peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.

1. Receive sandwich ingredients from the Director.
2. Nurture the sandwich ingredients until they are capable of making sandwiches on their own.

1. Watch North make sandwich.
2. Get jealous of North for having sandwich ingredients when you do not.
3. Put North in a position to be killed.
4. Let the Meta take North’s sandwich in exchange for your life.

1. Try to make a peanut butter sandwich.
2. Fail repeatedly.
3. Tell everyone you are an expert at making sandwiches.
4. Everyone believes you.

1. Question whether you should be making peanut butter sandwiches.
2. Doubt.
3. Tell other people that Project Freelancer is making sandwiches.
4. Join up with them.
5. Get killed by a jar of peanut butter.

Director Church:
1. Tragically lose the perfect peanut butter sandwich.
2. Spend the rest of your life trying to make a sandwich identical to it.
3. Die alone.

1. Make terrible knock-knock jokes about sandwiches.
2. Get peanut butter in your mustache.
3. Use it as mustache wax to great effect.
4. Twirl mustache.

1. Make sandwiches in the background for two seasons.
2. Drive detail-oriented fans insane.

1. You don’t want to end up like Georgia. Or his sandwiches.

1. Make sandwich.
2. Suffocate on sandwich.


Credit to churchepsilon (York), shabobble (Maine, South, Wash, York), and bacoose (Maine, Wyoming, Georgia, Utah) for their contributions and inspiration! ^____^