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Employment Law for Artists: Protections for NYC’s Freelancers (CLE)

December 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Location: Online

Join VLA on December 15th to learn about the important topic of employment law for artists.

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).


For members, please email registrations@vlany.org to receive your special discount code, which will allow you to access and purchase your discounted ticket.

  • $25 Full-Time Student (must present proof of full-time status with registration)
  • $25 Artists Over Sixty
  • $35 Arts Professional VLA Member
  • $55 Arts Professional Non-Member
  • $150 Legal Professional VLA Member
  • $200 Legal Professional Non-Member
  • $120 Young Associate Members (YAM’s)

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. To view our Financial Aid Policy Guidelines and for more information on how to apply, click here.

Refund Policy: All registration fees are non-refundable. Instructors are subject to change and no refunds will be given in the event that there is a substitution of the instructor.

Webinar Access: Participants will receive an email in advance with instructions to access the Zoom webinar. Please make sure that you have regular access to the email you use to register. For more information on this program, please contact VLA at registrations@vlany.org.


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.


December 15, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


NY United States


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