ABOUT THE NATIONAL CONTEXT FOR OPENING UP SHOP
The employment relationship in the United States is subject to markedly less regulation than in other countries. With the exception of protections on matters such as leaves and wage/ hours and a prohibition on discrimination, the parties to an employment relationship in the United States are generally free to negotiate and set the terms and conditions of their relationship. That said, US labor and employment law is composed of a variety of legal sources including federal, state and local statutes, constitutional law, agency regulations and case law. As a result companies opening shop in the US face the task of navigating a wide array of legal requirements that do not always align, in a highly litigation-intensive context.
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