What proposed paid sick leave legislation in NYC does and doesn’t do for freelancers

The need-to-know:Proposed legislation in NYC would extend paid sick leave to on-demand workers on the front lines of essential work during the coronavirus crisisThe bill uses a version of an ABC test to determine if a worker is misclassified and should qualify for paid sick leaveThere’s no one ABC test, and they can be written with nuance to exempt true freelancersThe NYC bill’s language explicitly protects freelancers and those who provide “professional services” in a wide swath of industriesThe bill does not change any part of New York employment law and does not affect worker classification for any other purposes but paid sick leave

A new bill has been introduced in New York City to extend paid sick leave benefits to those who are most marginalized in the service industries. The proposed bill, Intro 1926, is intended to support misclassified workers who do not currently qualify for paid sick leave, a situation that forces them to make impossible decisions about their health and the health of others when they go to work every day.

Introduced by City Council Member Brad Lander, a longtime freelancer supporter who was an early champion of the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, the bill is intended to help

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