Ye Standard Disclaimer: IANAL. Please consult one before doing this.
From the little documentation I was able to find online regarding the subject there appears to be supporters of both sides of the debate.
From the Nation of Immigrators there is a debate going on regarding this particular subject, which if one follows the 3 conditions listed is violated you will fail the status compliance test:
- total annual earnings from such services is less than $3,000;
- the nonresident alien is physically present in the United States for not more than 90 days in the year;
- the services are performed under contract with a nonresident alien individual, foreign partnership or foreign corporation.
and likely be in violation of the condition of prior authorization required. Further in the same discussion there are possible ways listed that may allow you to do exactly what you're asking about however the debate ends with:
The real question then is not whether a foreign employer may employ a foreign citizen working in her American home without a work visa but WWTCD (What would the courts do)?
So as far I can tell there are still open questions w.r.t. this situation, which means that your best course of action is to talk to a lawyer or better yet several regarding this situation.