The United States of America, abbreviated U.S. or U.S.A., is a country in North America, a federal republic of 50 states. The U.S. is the fourth largest country in the world in area (after Russia, Canada, and China). The country is the world’s greatest economic power, measured in terms of gross domestic product (GDP).
*Please note that the official currency is the currency of remuneration when employed through WorkMotion in the United States of America.
Washington, D. C.
United States Dollar ($, USD)
Languages spoken :
332.40 million (2022 est.)
Minimum wage 2023 :
$7.25 per hour (Federal)
Cost of Living index :
$$$$ (26 of 139 nations)
Payroll Frequency :
Biweekly or Monthly
VAT - standard rate :
Varies as per State
GDP - real growth rate :
5.7% (2021 est.)
The approximate time for sharing the contract with an employee in the U.S. is 4 business days assuming no special requests or changes to our standard employment contract. Any such requests or changes would need to undergo internal and external review, directly leading to a time delay.
NOTE: This number is subject to change and is only an estimation of the Contract Sharing Time. The estimated Contract Sharing Time begins from the moment that WorkMotion has received all required information from both the client and the employee.
4. The U.S. is one of the only countries in the world that does not provide paid parental leave or paid sick leave.
5. Health insurance coverage for employees working remotely across U.S. states is typically limited to the chosen plan’s network of “preferred” or “in-network” providers. Otherwise, an employee will pay the provider’s full rate or an out-of-network rate (if there is any out-of-network coverage at all in the plan) if they see a provider who is not considered “in-network.”
Exempt employees are not eligible for overtime, no matter how many hours they work a week. Employees who are exempt from overtime laws typically include those in managerial or executive positions, administrative positions, creative jobs, and professional positions.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), non-exempt employees who work more than 40 hours during a single week need to be paid one and a half times their usual pay rate.
Generally, the probationary period for a U.S. employee varies and depends entirely on the arrangement agreed upon between the employer and the employee. However, a 30 to 90-day probationary period is standard in the U.S.
The FLSA has no requirement for notice to an employee prior to termination or lay-off. In some situations, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (“WARN Act”) provides for notice to workers prior to lay-off. Under the WARN Act, employers must give 60 days advance notice to affected employees in advance of plant closings or covered mass layoffs. Some states may have requirements for employee notification prior to termination or lay-off.
Annual leave is not required by law in the U.S. Maine and Nevada have regulations mandating employers to provide annual leave though in certain conditions.
The U.S. does not require employers to provide employees with paid sick leave. If an employee does need to take time off due to illness, they are allowed up to 12 weeks of unpaid sick leave per year, under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The Act applies to companies with more than 50 employees within a 75-mile area. To qualify for leave under FMLA, an employee needs to have worked at least 1,250 hours with a company over the previous 12 months.
Unlike most countries, employees in the U.S. are not entitled to paid parental leave as standard. However, some states do have regulations to provide paid parental leave. When a person gives birth or adds to their family, they are allowed to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off, under the FMLA, provided the employer has at least 50 employees within 75 miles and provided the employee has worked at least 1,250 hours over the past 12 months.
Although paid time off for maternity or paternity leave is not legally required at the federal level in the U.S., a few states do mandate paid parental leave. Eight states – California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York, Washington, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Oregon – and the District of Columbia – have introduced their own paid family leave policies which include parental leave paid at a percentage of the employee’s salary.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require payment for time not worked, including attending a funeral. The one state in the U.S. which does have a bereavement leave policy is the state of Oregon. The policy states that companies that have over 25 employees are required to give bereavement leave of up to two weeks to employees who have worked at least 25 hours per week for a minimum of 180 days upon the death of a close relative.
Court leave is an approved absence from official duties, without loss of or reduction in pay or leave, and is provided to an employee who is summoned, in connection with a judicial proceeding, to: Perform jury duty in a federal, state, or municipal court; or Serve as a witness, in an unofficial capacity, for the U.S., the District of Columbia, or a state or local government.
Employers are not legally required to offer private health insurance, but almost all do, and they may be penalized by the government for not doing so under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The rules and expectations for health insurance vary based on the size of the employer. Generally, companies that employ more than 50 people are expected to follow different rules compared to companies that employ less than 50 people.
Under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), a former employee can continue to use their health insurance for a certain number of months. Statutory benefits offered by U.S. employers include medicare, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, health insurance, and family and medical leave.
Three types of government health programs are offered for healthcare:
Employers may choose to insure themselves as per Workers’ Compensation Insurance requirements if they are large enough to provide the resources. All other employers must fund and purchase a Worker’s Compensation Insurance policy.
If an employee is terminated “through no fault of their own,” such as due to budget cuts at a company, they might be eligible to receive unemployment compensation from the government. A person needs to meet specific requirements to receive unemployment benefits such as being in an active search for a new job. The compensation is not meant to be permanent and usually expires after several months. Extended unemployment insurance benefits last for 13 weeks.
Pension and retirement benefits are not required by law in the U.S.
An employee may use up to seven days of paid leave each calendar year to serve as a bone-marrow donor. An employee may also use up to 30 days of paid leave each calendar year to serve as an organ donor. Certain states like California, the District of Columbia, and Louisiana, ask employers to pay for bone marrow and blood donation leave. Some other states also ask for unpaid leave like Hawaii and New York.
This provides up to 10 days of unpaid leave to an employee whose spouse is a member of the armed forces of the U.S., national guard or reserves who has been deployed during a period of military conflict, and is on leave while deployed.
If a person is the spouse, parent, son, daughter, or next-of-kin of a covered service member, they work for a covered employer and are an eligible employee, they may be entitled to military caregiver leave. Military caregiver leave allows them to take up to a total of 26 workweeks of unpaid leave during a single 12-month period to take care of their military relative if they have a qualifying serious injury or illness.
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