Unresponsive Freelancers

If you are working with a freelancer and they become unresponsive for a long period of time, it may be best to pause the contract (if hourly) and wait for contact from the freelancer. In some cases, you may also reach out to Upwork to contact the freelancer on your behalf.

On an hourly contract, already-logged hours will be invoiced as usual, but no further work or payment should be expected on the paused contract. To continue working with the freelancer in the future, you and the freelancer will need to restart the paused contract.

On a fixed-price contract, if the freelancer has requested payment, the pending escrow payment will be released to the freelancer upon approval by you or automatically after 14 days. You can also reject the payment request. If no payment requests have been made, the funds in escrow will remain in escrow until they are released by the client or the contract has ended.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have already paid money to the freelancer, what can I do?

For any payments made within the past 180 days, you can request a refund from the freelancer. Upwork can also provide mediation assistance for payments made in the past 30 days. With hourly contracts, you can also dispute hours logged in the previous week.

I have deposited money in escrow, can I get it back?

You have the option to end the contract and request a refund for any funds remaining in escrow. You can also release less than the full amount of a milestone for partially completed work. Alternatively, you can reject submitted work, the freelancer will then need to make changes and resubmit before funds can be released.

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