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

Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) for Social Security Disability
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.
SSI Disability Eligibility: Income Limits
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.
Are You Considered Legally Disabled by Social Security?
An overview of Social Security's definition of disabled, how they determine who is disabled, and who should be eligible for monthly benefits.
PPE FAQs: What Are Your Rights in the Workplace?
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.
Can You Get Workers' Compensation Benefits for COVID-19?
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 Is a Lump Sum Disability Payment Awarded?
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".
Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If your job caused a repetitive stress injury like carpal tunnel syndrome, you can't sue your employer. Instead, you'll need to file a workers compensation claim.
Job-Related Injuries & Workers' Compensation: A Legal Overview
If you get hurt on the job, it is important that you understand your state’s workers’ compensation system. Workers’ compensation (sometimes referred to as “workman’s compensation”) may be your only means of receiving compensation for a work-related injury, so read on to learn the details of how workers' comp functions.
Making a Work-Related Accident Report
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.
Frequently Asked Questions About Workers Compensation
Injured workers have a right to benefits under the workers compensation system. Learn the basics here.