There is some great news for those working as freelance photographers in New York State. The state senate has passed NY Senate Bill S8369B which guarantees a written contract and timely pay for those employed as freelancers in all fields except construction. As stated in the bill's summary:
"Enacts the 'freelance isn't free act'; provides for the payment of freelance workers as independent contractors, including requiring written contracts; timely payment of compensation and handling controversies relating to payment, complaint procedures, and penalties; excludes construction contracts."
All too often in the past creatives working freelance have been exploited by unethical employers unwilling to live up to the terms under which the freelancers were hired. The instant bill will hopefully put an end to that once and for all.
The bill now goes to Governor Hochul for signature.