Guide to Laws for Freelancers and Gig Workers in Los Angeles


Most laws related to freelancers and independent contractors are made at the state and federal level. See our Guide to Freelancer Law in California and our Guide to Freelancer Law in the U.S.

The Los Angeles City Council has recently passed the Freelance Worker Protections Ordinance, which provides certain protections for freelancers based in Los Angeles. It is also referred to as the Los Angeles “Freelance Isn’t Free Act.” Effective for contracts entered into on or after July 1, 2023, it requires the hiring party to pay by the time specified in the contract, or if there is no contract, within 30 days after services are performed. To enforce against a hiring party, freelancers may file a complaint with the Los Angeles Office of Wage Standards (OWS).

See more, as well as the full text of the law, at our Guide to the LA Freelance Worker Protections Ordinance.

Another issue Los Angeles based freelancers need to know about is the local business license, also known as the business tax registration.

Below are some recommendations to help protect yourself as a freelance worker.


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