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
Repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome are becoming increasingly common as more and more workers' main tools are a keyboard and mouse.
If you get hurt on the job, it's important that you understand your state’s workers’ compensation insurance system, since it may be your only means of receiving compensation. In this article, we'll explain the details of reporting an on-the-job injury, which is typically a prerequisite to filing a workers' compensation claim.
If you're injured in an accident at work, you'll probably be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Nearly every employer is required by state law to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage for its employees.
If you miss your state's deadline for reporting a workplace injury or filing a workers' comp claim, you probably won't be eligible for benefits—but there are a few exceptions.
Social Security will not consider you disabled if you are doing a substantial amount of work or if it thinks you could do a substantial amount of work.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a disability benefit available to those with very low income and little in assets. Here are the rules on financial eligibility.
An overview of Social Security's definition of disabled, how they determine who is disabled, and who should be eligible for monthly benefits.
If you're returning to work in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and have questions about your rights, you're not alone. Millions of Americans are wondering whether they're entitled to wear PPE, whether they can stay home from work if they feel unsafe, and whether their employer is allowed to take their temperature or inquire about their medical condition.
As much of the nation returns to work in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, many employees will find themselves at risk of contracting the virus in the workplace. Although responsible employers are providing PPE and instituting strict social distancing and disinfecting procedures, in many workplaces some amount of risk is inevitable.
When you are owed disability back payments from the date you applied, or earlier, you may be paid in a lump sum - often referred to as "backpay".