I'd like to travel to the US for a few months while on ESTA. While I know that I'm not allowed to work myself it's not clear to me whether I'm allowed to hire someone to work for me? I'm interested in employing a temporary nanny where we will travel so this isn't about bringing a nanny in.
Maybe the answer becomes trivial once the question is re-phrased slightly. "Can I hire the services of a Nanny while travelling but without permamnent residence?" Yes, you can. Temporary Nannies are either self-employed or will come from an agency. The only thing you need to make sure is that have a proper contract and proof of payment. If you choose to make a more private arrangement the situation is trickier. You could easily get into an insurance and employment law nightmare. I ruled out the idea of actually acting as an employer from the start. As a comment pointed out this is far too complicated for a short term (a few months?). And other options are clearly illegal.