Freelance Worker Protections Survey
Acting on the recommendation of the city's Workplace Advisory Committee (WAC), the Minneapolis City Council recently passed an ordinance to prevent wage theft of employees by their employers for work performed in the City. The WAC also recommended extending these protections to freelance workers (independent contractors) as well, and a first draft of a Freelance Worker Protections ordinance was recently posted here: https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/File/2019-00699.

We know from the experiences of freelancers that you, too, can have difficulty getting paid for your work, and that this type of work arrangement is growing. We need to make sure that everyone gets paid for the work they do, regardless of their exact employment setup.

Because freelancer arrangements can vary so widely, we want to make sure we get it right, so we want to hear from you! If you do freelance work, please fill out this survey, and share it with others in your networks.

NOTE: We will use your responses to inform development of the Freelance Worker Protections ordinance and may share them with City staff. Please be aware that information you submit, including your name and email address (if you provide it), may be requested under the state’s public records law and would need to be disclosed. Only include information that you are comfortable being made public.
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Do you perform freelance work in the City of Minneapolis (in whole or in part)? *
How many contracts for work conducted in Minneapolis (in whole or in part) have you completed in the last 12 months? *
Your answer
How many of those contracts were with businesses or business representatives, NOT including app platforms / gig economy work? *
Your answer
How many of those contracts were with individuals for non-business work? *
Your answer
How many were individual jobs through app platforms / gig economy companies? *
Your answer
Which of the following challenges have you experienced in getting paid for completed contractual work? (Check all that apply) *
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How many times in the last 12 months have you lost income due to an unpaid, underpaid, or late-paid contract? *
Your answer
How much income did you lose in the last 12 months due to an unpaid or underpaid contract? *
Your answer
What impact have unpaid, underpaid, or late-paid contracts had for you?
Your answer
Contract Value & Duration
A key component of the draft Freelance Worker Protections ordinance in Minneapolis is the threshold for determining which contracts would be covered by the ordinance: both the value of the contract, and over what duration of time. The initial posted draft covers contracts for work valued at $800 or more and performed over a 120 day span.
How many contracts for work in Minneapolis have you completed in the last 12 months that were valued at or over $800 in a 120-day span?
Your answer
What do you think is the right threshold for contracts to be covered by a Freelance Worker Protections ordinance? Is $800 the right value, or too high or low? Is 120 days the right time span, or too high or low?
Your answer
Contract Components
The initial posted draft of the Freelance Worker Protections ordinance would require that written contracts include at least the following information:
(1) The name and address of both the commercial hiring party and the freelance worker;
(2) An itemization of all services provided by the freelance worker;
(3) The compensation for the services, including the rate or rates and method of compensation; and
(4) The date on which the commercial hiring party must pay the agreed upon compensation or the mechanism by which the date will be determined.
What other information or components of a freelance contract should an ordinance require?
Your answer
Contract Disputes
It is a goal of the authors of the Freelance Worker Protections ordinance that it clarifies work agreements and helps to mitigate and minimize disputes. For example, the first draft includes a clause that bars hiring parties from demanding that a freelancer agree to lower compensation in order to be paid on time. It would allow hiring parties to withhold payment if the freelance worker has not completed the services contracted for, unless the failure to complete was caused by the hiring party’s failure to cooperate with the freelance worker in good faith.
How do you think an ordinance could best help mitigate disputes between freelancers and hiring parties?
Your answer
Do you have any other thoughts or feedback that you would like to share?
Your answer
Optional Personal & Demographic Information
While optional, this information will help provide additional context for this policy and the freelance economy in Minneapolis in general.

NOTE: We will use your responses to inform development of the Freelance Worker Protections ordinance and may share them with City staff. Please be aware that information you submit, including your name and email address (if you provide it), may be requested under the state’s public records law and would need to be disclosed. Only include information that you are comfortable being made public.
In what economic sector do you primarily perform freelance work? (optional)
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Email Address (optional)
Your answer
First Name (optional)
Your answer
Last Name (optional)
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How do you identify your gender? (optional)
Your answer
How do you identify your race or ethnic identity? (optional)
Your answer
What is your age? (optional)
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