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Dawnette CookeMar 14, 2024 11:15:00 AM1 min read

Navigating New Compliance Waters: NY's Freelance Isn't Free Act

As we move forward in 2024, the landscape of independent contracting is undergoing  significant changes, especially in New York. The statewide "Freelance Isn't Free" Act is a game- changer for businesses utilizing freelance talent. Going live in Q2, this law mandates strict adherence to new standards for engaging freelance workers, including contractual obligations and timely payment practices. 


Ensuring your Independent Contractor (IC) Compliance and Validation Process is is always paramount in this evolving environment for our clients. With this Act, New York joins the ranks of jurisdictions taking a firm stance on the protection of freelance workers, mirroring protections previously enacted in New York City. 


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This legislation underscores the critical need for businesses to partner with trusted  professionals who are well-versed in the nuances of these regulations. The right partners can safeguard your operations from potential pitfalls and protect your reputation by ensuring compliance. 


As we adapt to these changes, let's embrace the opportunity to reinforce our commitment to fair and transparent practices in engaging freelance talent. Trust in expertise to navigate these regulations successfully. 


Let's discuss how we can further fortify our compliance strategies in light of this new law. 


Dawnette Cooke

I have over 25 years of experience in the contingent workforce industry. As a seasoned executive and trusted advisor, I currently spearhead strategy and development for Enterprise Clients at TalentProcure, a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) that champions a modern Contingent Workforce Management platform. My career is driven by a passion for collaborating with clients and partners to reimagine and implement forward-thinking strategies that align with contemporary workforce needs and propel the evolution of work. My expertise spans delivering value-added solutions across MSP, VMS, IC Compliance, Direct-Sourcing and SOW Management sectors, underpinned by technology, ecosystem partnerships, and a steadfast commitment to service delivery excellence. Recognized as a thought leader, I eagerly share insights and best practices. Collaboration is the essence of my professional ethos, bringing together visionary ideas and practical solutions to drive meaningful change. Beyond the professional realm, I'm also dedicated to giving back, particularly as an advocate for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). I’m grateful for the journey thus far and am thrilled about the future possibilities, both professionally and personally. Let’s connect and explore how we can drive the future of work together, creating a more adaptive, inclusive, and innovative world.