On-Demand Recording: Employment Law for Artists: Protections for NYC’s Freelancers (1.5 CLE)

Length: 1 h

This is an on-demand recording of VLA’s Webinar: Employment Law for Artists: Protections for NYC’s Freelancers (1.5 CLE). When you purchase this presentation, you will receive a presentation slide deck so that you can follow along. Please use the form at the bottom to access this presentation.


About this program:

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • The differences between independent contractors and employees and classification tests which courts utilize
  • Protections in New York for independent-contractors/freelancers
  • The Freelance Isn’t Free Act (FIFA) and filing complaints with the Office of Labor and Policy Standards, Department of Consumer Affairs (OLPS)
  • Filing civil action under FIFA
  • NYC Local Law 172- Protecting Freelancers from discrimination and harassment

Continuing Legal Education: This program offers 1.5 Professional Practice CLE Credit (Approved for Non-Transitional and Transitional Attorneys). Please note that if you wish to receive CLE credit, you must purchase an attorney ticket (Legal Professional Non-Member or Legal Professional Member).


Lloyd Ambinder, Partner, Virginia & Ambinder, LLP
In 1994, Lloyd and Charles Virginia co-founded Virginia & Ambinder, LLP. Since that time, Lloyd has litigated in excess of 500 wage & hour cases alone, on behalf of at least twenty thousand workers, including numerous high profile class actions that have been reported in the New York Daily News, the New York Post and the New Jersey Star Ledger. Lloyd has represented clients in a wide variety of labor, ERISA, and employment matters, including FLSA class actions, state wage and hour class actions, employee discharge and discipline, and breach of contract disputes. Lloyd currently represents a number of artists in several cases brought pursuant to New York’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act. For more information on Lloyd Ambinder, click here.

Rachel Feingold, Associate, Virginia & Ambinder, LLP
Rachel is currently an associate at Virginia & Ambinder, LLP and concentrates her practice on a wide variety of labor and employment matters, helping clients recover unpaid wages and damages for sexual harassment, retaliation, and discrimination based on gender, age, race, national origin, disability, sexual orientation and religion. Additionally, Rachel represents a number of free-lance artists seeking to recover payment from hiring parties.

During law school, Rachel completed year-long clinics at the Innocence Project and Bet Tzedek Legal Services. Rachel helped overturn criminal convictions using DNA evidence at the Innocence Project. At Bet Tzedek Legal Services, she represented low-income New Yorkers in a variety of civil matters, including recovery of healthcare and disability benefits and landlord-tenant disputes. For more on Rachel Feingold, click here.


If you are a VLA member, email registrations@vlany.org to receive a discount code that will allow you to access and purchase your ticket. 

Full-Time Students and Artists Over Sixty: $5
Arts Professional VLA Members: $10
Arts Professional Non-VLA Members: $15
Legal Professional VLA Members (CLE): $115
Legal Professional Non-VLA Members (CLE): $125
Young Associate Members (YAM’s) and Associate Board Members (CLE): $85

Please note that if you wish to receive CLE credit, you must purchase an attorney ticket (Legal Professional Non-Member or Legal Professional Member).

For attorneys, there are various scholarships available. For more information and how to apply, please review our Financial Aid Policy Guidelines here.

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