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Get to Know the 10 Things You Need to Understand About Labor and Employment Law in the United States Before Starting Your Business

18 August 2023

By Yoel Molina, Esq.

Email: | Office: 305-548-5020 2655
S. Lejuene Road, Suite 500 Coral Gables, FL 33134


As a corporate attorney in Miami, Florida, I've assisted numerous foreign companies and individuals in initiating and operating businesses in the United States. One of the most crucial areas requiring guidance is labor and employment law. If you're a foreign business or individual planning to start a venture in the U.S., here are 10 things you should know about labor and employment law:

  • Employment Contracts: Most U.S. workers are considered "at-will" employees, meaning they can be terminated without cause. However, employment contracts may limit the employer's right to terminate.

  • Working Hours: Federal law requires employers to pay overtime rates to non-exempt workers who work over 40 hours a week. Some states have stricter overtime laws.

  • Discrimination: Employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation is prohibited by federal and state law.

  • Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment in the workplace is also prohibited by federal and state law.

  • Sick Leave: Federal law doesn't mandate paid sick leave, but many states have such requirements.

  • Health Insurance: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates that employers with over 50 employees offer affordable, quality health insurance to their employees.

  • Safety Regulations: Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees.

  • Privacy: Employers must respect employee privacy at work, including emails and phone calls.

  • Absences: Employers must comply with federal and state laws regarding medical leave, family and military leave.

  • Workers' Compensation: Employers must provide compensation to workers injured on the job, including lost wages, medical expenses, and rehabilitation.

As you can see, labor and employment law in the United States is intricate, especially for foreign businesses and individuals. If you need guidance on labor and employment law in the U.S., I'm here to assist. As a corporate attorney in Miami, Florida, I possess the expertise and knowledge to navigate the complexities of labor and employment law. My firm has been rated excellent on AVVO, and I hold a 5-star rating on Google, underscoring my dedication to delivering exceptional legal services to clients.

If you're interested in learning more about how I can help with your business legal needs in the United States, I invite you to schedule a consultation with me today. 

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