Freelance Worker Protection Act in Illinois: What It Means for Freelancers and the Business They Support

Illinois' Freelance Worker Protect Act went into effect on July 1.

July 5, 2024

A significant development has occurred for freelance workers in Illinois with the implementation of the Freelance Worker Protection Act. This new law aims to improve working conditions for freelancers by ensuring fair payment, clear contracts, and legal recourse for freelancers facing issues with their clients. Here’s an overview of the act and its implications for both freelancers and businesses.

What is the Freelance Worker Protection Act?

The Freelance Worker Protection Act focuses on improving working conditions for freelancers in Illinois. Key provisions of the act include:

  • Mandatory Written Contracts: Freelancers must be provided with a written contract for work amounting to $600 or more. This contract needs to outline the scope of work, rate of pay, and payment due dates.
  • Timely Payment: Clients are required to pay freelancers within 30 days of completing the agreed-upon work, unless a different timeline is specified in the contract.
  • Protection from Retaliation: The act protects freelancers from being blacklisted, threatened, or punished for exercising their rights under the law.
  • Legal Recourse: Freelancers have the right to pursue legal action if their rights under the act are violated.

Implications for Businesses

Businesses that frequently engage with freelancers must take immediate steps to comply with the new regulations. This includes updating contracts, adjusting payment processes, and ensuring that all engagements with freelance workers are transparent and documented. Non-compliance could result in legal repercussions and damage to the company’s reputation.

Updating contracts means ensuring all necessary details are clearly outlined, including the scope of work, payment terms, and deadlines. Payment processes will need to be adjusted to ensure that freelancers are paid within the mandated 30-day period, which might require changes to current accounting practices. Transparency in all dealings with freelancers will be critical, as any ambiguity could lead to disputes and potential legal issues.

How Worksome Can Help

At Worksome, we’re all about making freelance operations smooth and compliant. Here’s how we can assist:

  • Contract Management: Generate contracts that meet all the new requirements. Our automated system makes it easy to create, manage, and store contracts, reducing errors and including all necessary legal details.
  • Payment Solutions: Our automated system ensures timely payments, helping businesses stick to the 30-day rule and reducing administrative burdens.
  • Dispute Resolution: We support resolving disputes between freelancers and businesses, ensuring fair treatment and compliance. Our services provide a structured process for addressing grievances and maintaining positive working relationships.
  • Continuous Compliance: Stay ahead of legal changes with our updates and tools, ensuring your operations remain compliant without disruptions. Our team monitors regulatory developments to keep your business practices up-to-date.

The Freelance Worker Protection Act represents a significant change in the working landscape for freelancers in Illinois. By fostering a more reliable and equitable environment, this act benefits both freelancers and the businesses that rely on their services. Worksome is here to help you navigate these changes smoothly and efficiently, ensuring that your freelance engagements are successful and compliant.