File #: 1016-2023    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 3/27/2023 In control: Rules & Reference Committee
On agenda: 5/1/2023 Final action: 5/3/2023
Title: To enact Chapter 2337 and Section 377.18; to amend sections 377.02, 377.11, 377.12, 377.15, 377.16 and 377.17; and to repeal existing sections 377.02, 377.11, 377.12, 377.15, 377.16 and 377.17 of the Columbus City Codes, to provide protections to freelance workers in Columbus.
Sponsors: Rob Dorans
Attachments: 1. Freelance Protections Code Changes
This ordinance enacts a new chapter of city code to provide protections for freelance workers in Columbus. This ordinance also amends sections of City Code related to the enforcement of these provisions by the Wage Theft Prevention and Enforcement Commission.

Freelance work is one the fastest growing sectors within the workforce. Nearly 40% of the workforce is engaged in freelance work as of 2022. Researchers expect that over half of the workforce will be participating in freelance work by 2027 due to the rapid growth, and due to younger generations’ interest in the flexibility and opportunities that freelancing provides. In Columbus, it is important to invest in and protect the freelancers today and be prepared for the larger freelance sector of tomorrow.

Protecting freelance workers supports those at the foundation of the community. The majority of caregivers in the workforce choose freelance work because it allows them better opportunities to balance their priorities and responsibilities. Nearly 50% of freelancers choose this sector because they cannot work for a traditional employer due to personal circumstances. Protecting freelancers is one more step Columbus City Council can take to promote the financial stability and overall well-being of families.

These steps are necessary because the greatest unique challenge that freelancers face is uncertainty - unpredictable income. Every year, 50% of freelance workers struggle to collect payment. 71% of freelancers will struggle to collect payment at least once over the course of their career. These changes to the Columbus City Codes will require that contracts are in place for freelance work representing more than $250 of work, will require that freelancers are paid in full and in a timely manner, and will give freelancers a course of action if these agreements are not honored.

This ordinance establishes protections for freelance workers in Columbus, placing enforcement of these provisions with the W...

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