Breath of Fresh Air

Breath of Fresh Air

After the longest, most expensive election “season” ever, you’re probably like me and everyone else in the country – eager to step back and catch your breath.

At the same time, we’re all asking ourselves what the election results will actually mean in our lives. We can try to...

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Medical Homes — Innovation for the New Workforce

The freelance workforce is driving New York City’s economy – and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn today made that fact crystal clear in her State of the City address.

 

And just as important, she’s putting the city’s money in the pot to help support new ways to bring...

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It’s “Back to School” for Freelancers Union

sara.JPGIt’s September, which means kids back in the classroom, legislators back in Albany, and Freelancers Union … turning up the heat on our Get Paid, Not Played campaign after a summer of behind-the-scenes groundwork.

As you know, the Freelancer Payment Protection Act is historic, groundbreaking legislation that will give protection...

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The Latest on the Freelancer Payment Protection Act (and a Bit of Civics 101)

This week, we came many steps closer to passing the Freelancer Payment Protection Act (A6698/S4129) in New York State. On Monday, June 20, the last scheduled day of the New York State legislative session, some Freelancers Union staff members took a last-minute road trip to Albany to do one...

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Update on Freelancer Payment Protection Act

Our Freelancer Payment Protection Act is on the move!  In the Assembly, the bill has passed through the Labor Committee and Codes Committee and now rests in the Ways and Means Committee. And this was no easy feat. We are deeply grateful to Assembly Speaker Silver for sponsoring the bill...

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Four Things You Should Know About the Freelancer Payment Protection Act

1. What is the Freelancer Payment Protection Act?

The Freelancer Payment Protection Act is legislation introduced in New York State to help independent contractors collect compensation from their nonpaying clients. The bill was introduced in 2011 by Assembly Speaker Silver and Senators Golden, Lanza, and Squadron. The current bill numbers...

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Who, Us? We're Just a Powerful New Union, That’s All.

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If you didn’t catch all the reporting-from-the-scenes #LobbyDay action on Twitter last week, I’ll fill you in on one our most successful advocacy actions yet! Last Tuesday, dozens of brave, dedicated freelancers got up before dawn and braved the rain to lobby for the Freelancer Payment Protection Act...

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Guess what? I'm a lobbyist.

Freelancers Union member Lynn Stabile wrote this post before Tuesday's super-lobbying-field trip to Albany - it's a great reflection of why some 60 folks got up before dawn to go with her!albany-lobby-day-may-17-2011-089.JPG

I didn't really know what lobbying was. I'd never looked it up, and just had...

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Happy Tax Day! How Did Freelancers (and GE) Fare?

Today's the day we make sure America can pay its teachers and pave its roads. That's how you think about it, right? Me too. This was the second year Freelancers Union built tax-specific resources pages to aggregate all the tips and resources we could find, not to mention...

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Senate Votes to Repeal 1099 Provision, Saves Freelancers Big Headaches

Last week, we were eagerly awaiting news on the status of new tax reporting requirements, and we’re happy to report that the U.S. Senate just voted to repeal this provision of the health care reform law.

Without this repeal, the provision would have required you to file 1099...

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