Freelancer Payment Protection Act Introduced in New York State

Freelancers Union members and staff have been steadily building support for legislation to help freelancers collect what they are rightfully owed, and we're thrilled with the newly introduced, bipartisan Freelancer Payment Protection Act (S4129/A6698). This legislation mimics the language of the current labor law, which currently only protects...

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Freelancing in the UK, Part 3: "The Voice of Freelancing"

The last item on my tour of freelance London was a visit with the PCG (Professional Contractors Group), "the voice of freelancing in the UK." They are, as far as I can see, the only freelancers group that is as formally structured, staffed, and financed an organization in the world...

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The Government Cutting Paperwork? How Ironic.

Last year, we informed our members about potential new tax reporting requirements for freelancers. A new provision would require you to file 1099 forms with the IRS for all payments of $600 or more to a single vendor, like, say, Staples. What a headache. Fortunately, this issue is getting attention...

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Triangle Shirtwaist Anniversary and Freelancers Today

There are powerful stories being told (and videos here and here) in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that killed 146 workers. (The dead, some who jumped and some who burned) were mostly young, female immigrants. The owners locked the fire doors and other exits...

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What’s Going On in Wisconsin—And Why It Matters to Freelancers

Here at Freelancers Union we have watched in amazement at the growing protests surrounding budgets and unions in Wisconsin, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, and Ohio over the past week. My attention, however, has not been on the troubles caused by our nation’s budget issues, immediate and serious though...

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Crisis (Almost) Averted

You might not be aware of a little-known provision of the healthcare reform legislation, but it could spell (administrative) trouble for you unless it’s repealed. Basically, if you pay any person or corporation more than $600 in a year for goods or services, you would be required to report...

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Health Care Debate: Take It Onstage

The cynic says, "If it bleeds, it leads." The idealist says, "Nothing makes a point like a good story." How wonderful, then, that just as the health care reform legislation comes under attack all over again (anyone else experiencing mildly traumatic flashbacks?), writer and performer Anna Deavere Smith is taking...

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Misclassification Crackdown in Tough Times

According to a new story from USA Today, authorities at both the state and federal level are taking a harder stance against companies that call their employees "independent contractors." Why the sudden attention to a longstanding issue in the workforce? It could be that freelancers are flooding the workforce as...

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Celebrating 15 Years of Research, Innovation, and Change

Our First Annual Benefit is just around the corner, taking place on December 9. We’re looking forward to celebrating all that Freelancers Union has accomplished in the last fifteen years and honoring a few key partners who’ve helped us build to this moment. We know that we wouldn...

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An Inside Look at the Endorsement Committee

I have been a regular voter since I turned 18, but I never got close to the nitty-gritty of politics until I was invited last year to serve on the Freelancers Union Endorsement Committee. As Sara has noted elsewhere in this blog, politics isn't always pretty - there have been...

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