As a freelancer, I’ve always valued the freedom and flexibility that comes with this lifestyle. But, like many of my peers, I’ve also experienced the challenges that come with it. That’s why the recent implementation of the Freelance Worker Protections Ordinance (FWPO) in Los Angeles is such a significant milestone for us freelancers. It provides us with stronger protections and rights, giving us the confidence and peace of mind that our hard work and contributions will be respected and protected.
Starting July 1, 2023, this new ordinance requires that certain contracts between a freelance worker and a hiring entity must be in writing and that hiring entities must timely pay for work completed under the contract. This is a huge step forward for the freelancing community, and I’m here to break down what it means for us.
Understanding the FWPO
The FWPO requires written contracts for agreements valued at $600 or more, timely payment, record retention, and protection against retaliation. It also provides freelancers with the ability to report violations to the Bureau of Contract Administration, Office of Wage Standards, or pursue a civil action in court. This is a significant milestone for freelancers in Los Angeles, providing them with the confidence and peace of mind that their hard work and contributions will be respected and protected.
But what does this mean in practical terms? Let’s break it down:
- Written contracts: Any agreement valued at $600 or more must be in writing. This provides a clear record of the agreement, protecting both parties.
- Timely payment: Hiring entities must pay for work completed under the contract in a timely manner. This ensures that freelancers are compensated for their work without unnecessary delays.
- Record retention: Both parties must retain a copy of the contract for at least three years. This provides a record in case of any disputes or issues.
- Protection against retaliation: Freelancers are protected against retaliation for asserting their rights under the FWPO. This means that freelancers can stand up for their rights without fear of reprisal.
If a freelancer believes their rights under the FWPO have been violated, they can report the violation to the Bureau of Contract Administration, Office of Wage Standards, or pursue a civil action in court. This provides freelancers with a clear path to seek justice if their rights are violated.
It’s important to note that the FWPO is not just about protecting freelancers – it’s also about promoting a fair and equitable freelance economy. By ensuring that freelancers are treated fairly and paid promptly, the FWPO helps to create a more sustainable and equitable freelance economy.
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