Glossary

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Important technical terms from human resources and executive recruiting in the USA

United States labor law differs fundamentally from German labor law. While individual labor law in Germany is designed as “employee protection”, US labor law is based on the principle of freedom of contract between two equally strong partners.

Due to the federal structure of the USA, there is no comprehensive codification. There is a complex and multi-layered mixture of federal, state and local regulations, which are often not harmonized and sometimes overlap (for example, there are minimum wages at the federal, state and local level). In addition, there are also regulations from historically developed customary law ("Common Law").

Although there are uniform federal regulations (“Federal Acts”) in some areas, the majority of the legal structure of the employment relationship is individually agreed between the parties or stipulated by the employer in a so-called “Employee Handbook”.

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