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Employing a US worker

Get answers to your questions and take the first step toward US business expansion.

How long is the US maternity leave for employees?

There is no obligation for US employers to give paid maternity or parental leave to their workers. Instead, maternity leave is a matter left to each employer to decide upon. It’s treated as a form of benefit, so the duration and conditions of maternity leave vary from business to business and state to state.

However, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires that US employers (with 50 or more employees) to allow mothers and fathers to take unpaid time off (up to 12 weeks) for the purpose of pregnancy or child-rearing. They must hold the worker’s job and health insurance in place. There is no requirement to provide pay.

Many states are more generous than federal law dictates. For example, the District of Columbia reduced the FMLA threshold of 50 employees down to ten employees, and some have extended the length of time away from the workplace beyond 12 weeks. Find out more about the Family Medical Leave act and State Paid Family and Medical Leave by reading our article here.

How can Foothold America help your business hire employees in the USA?

If you’re thinking of exploring the US market, you’re going to need to hire American employees at some point. On this page, you’ll find the answers to frequently asked questions relating to employing a worker in the USA. Explore questions such as how you can employ staff overseas, why probationary periods are rarely used, and how you can make the hiring process straightforward using Foothold America solutions. If you have any other questions for us about employing a worker in the USA, please feel free to get in contact with us here.

Only the best for you and your team

At Foothold America, we offer top-notch service for you and your team. Our core services include:

Employee Management Service (EMS)

Our Employee Management Service offers a turn-key, cost-effective solution for your company to have a legitimate US presence with US employees anywhere in the country in as little as one week without the cost and complexity of setting up a US entity.


People Partnership Service     (PPS)

We’ve created our People Partnership Service (PPS) to help you navigate the process of setting up your US entity, becoming the Employer of Record (the direct employer), onboarding US employees, and managing the complex operational and HR processes of doing business in America.

Exclusive Talent Acquisition (ETA)

Businesses around the world partner with Foothold America and save thousands of dollars on their US hiring costs. With our ETA service, you can find and hire the best employees compliantly and competitively. We make it easy and affordable for you to hire the right candidate at the right time and at the right cost. 

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Entity Setup

Establishing a legal entity in the US brings enormous potential for growth—and a unique set of challenges and complications. Partnering with Foothold America for your US entity setup ensures smooth and compliant registration in your chosen state – all whilst cutting through layers of bureaucracy and giving your company the freedom to concentrate on its larger business objectives.


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