Aaron Hotfelder

J.D., University of Missouri School of Law

Aaron Hotfelder is a legal editor at Nolo specializing in employment law and workers' compensation law. He has written for Nolo and Lawyers.com since 2011, covering topics ranging from workplace discrimination to unemployment benefits to employee privacy laws. He's a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).    

Books and citations. Aaron has edited a number of Nolo titles, including The Manager's Legal Handbook, Dealing With Problem Employees, and Working With Independent Contractors, and is a co-author of The Employer's Legal Handbook. Aaron's work has been cited by U.S. News & World Report, TheStreet.com, the St. Louis University Law Journal, and the Minnesota Law Review, among many other outlets.

Early legal career. Prior to joining Nolo as a legal editor, Aaron worked at a small law firm in Columbia, Missouri, representing clients in Social Security disability, long-term disability, and workers’ compensation cases. He later spent three years serving as an employment law consultant for a human resources and benefits compliance firm.

Education. Aaron received his law degree in 2010 from the University of Missouri School of Law. He holds a B.S. in criminal justice from Truman State University, known by some as the "Harvard of Northeast Missouri." 

Articles By Aaron Hotfelder

How Much Are Workers' Compensation Benefits in Washington?
Learn about the benefits you can receive in Washington for a work-related injury or illness, how the state calculates the amount of those benefits, and whether you can get workers' comp for contracting COVID-19 on the job.
Getting Disability Benefits for Diabetes
An individual may qualify for Social Security disability benefits based on uncontrolled diabetes or related symptoms like peripheral neuropathy or poor vision.
Should I Hire a Workers' Comp Attorney, or Can I Handle My Own Case?
Learn when to hire a workers' compensation attorney, and when you might be able to handle your claim yourself.
Can You Collect Unemployment and Long-Term Disability (LTD) Benefits at the Same Time?
Individuals rarely receive long-term disability (LTD) and unemployment benefits at the same time because of the way these programs are typically designed.
Are You an Employee or Independent Contractor under California law?
Find out if you’re entitled to the rights and benefits of an employee under California law.
What Should You Look for in a Workers' Comp Lawyer?
Learn how to find a qualified workers’ comp attorney who can help you get the benefits you deserve.
How a Good Workers' Compensation Lawyer Can Help Your Case
Hiring a dedicated workers' compensation attorney will give you a much better chance of obtaining the benefits you deserve.
Do You Have an Overtime Case?
Since the Great Depression in the 1930s, most employers in the United States have been legally required to pay overtime to eligible employees who work more than 40 hours in a week. The original purpose of this rule was to spread the work around and get as many people as possible off the unemployment rolls.
Employee Wage and Hour Rights FAQ
Frequently asked questions about employee compensation and hour laws.
When Must Employers Pay Overtime?
Are your employees entitled to overtime pay? Learn the rules here.