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

Coronavirus: Returning to Work FAQs
Many employees will have questions about their rights when they return to work after the coronavirus pandemic, especially related to safety and privacy. Fortunately, a number of federal and state agencies have provided guidance on what employers can and can’t legally do to ensure the health and safety of their workforce.
How Much Does a Workers' Compensation Lawyer Charge?
Workers' comp lawyers usually charge only if they win, and most states set limits on the amount of their fees.
What a Good Workers' Comp Lawyer Should Do for You
Here's how an experienced workers' comp lawyer can help your case.
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.
How to Collect Unemployment Benefits in New York
In New York—as in every other state—employees who are temporarily out of work through no fault of their own may qualify to collect unemployment benefits. The eligibility rules, prior earnings requirements, benefit amounts, and other details vary from state to state, however.
How to File and Collect Unemployment Benefits in California
If you're a California worker who's been laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic or for any other reason, you might be eligible for unemployment benefits.
Coronavirus: Tax Credits for Employers Who Voluntarily Offer FFCRA Leave in 2021
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, President Trump has signed into law an emergency relief bill that provides paid sick leave and expands family leave for employees of business with fewer than 500 workers, among other provisions.
Missouri Disability Benefits: Social Security Filing and Appealing
If you live in Missouri and you're unable to work for medical reasons, you can apply for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA).
How Much Are Workers' Compensation Benefits in Florida?
Learn how Florida calculates benefits for lost wages resulting from a workplace injury.
Can I Get Workers' Comp Benefits for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
You should expect an uphill battle when filing for workers' comp based on PTSD, but first responders may have an easier time getting benefits in some states.