Helooo everyone - been a while since I posted on CA and enjoying all the new shiny goodness of the new version
However one of the reasons I've not been around for a good while is quite simply trying to earn a living!
I'll get to the point! One of the sites I've been looking for jobs on has just updated it's site terms to include a clause / section that states:
"Payments between Buyer and Seller must be processed through [site], both for work sourced on [site] and for any follow on work between the Buyer and Seller, either for the same Job or another Job. Payment (or attempt of) outside of [site] is a violation of our Terms & Conditions and will lead to permanent suspension of your account, and you will be liable for any loss of business and legal expenses that [site] may incur in recovering it"
Now I already know this is very unpalatable for a freelancer especially when the site charges a fee of 18% on the 1st £175 earned each month then 4.2% on the remainder ... except that they take 18% for the whole month then calculate a 'cashback' to even things out... yes again I know this is ummm how shall I say... crap! not to mention epically confusing... agh and they used to charge a simple 10%inc VAT and that was it! easy!
Anyway I'm getting off topic!!!
What I want to ask is: does anyone know if - demanding that site users, if they find a freelancer or client via the site, must conduct all future work between said freelancer and client through the site and it's payment process? Forever...?? is legally/ethically ok? Just because they they advertised a job and completed a job advertised (and paid a sizeable fee to get paid).
They used to have a clause that stated all work between client/freelancer for the next 12 months had to be via the site but removed it during a major site upgrade.
It just feels unethical or as if it is breaking some kind of work law - am I being fussy and living in a dreamland or is this crazy?
I've just had a great month and have a couple of great new clients via the site and they drop this on us.
So yes if there is anybody who knows legal stuff (CA's own legal guys would be great on this one!) please let me know your advice - do I have a leg to stand on in opposing this change to terms? If you want to see the full T&Cs let me know
Cheers! meanwhile - cartoonist available for freelance!
Keep rockin everyone - CA is as awesome as ever