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 Long Must I Be Employed Before Being Eligible For Unemployment?
If you've recently lost your job, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. To get benefits, you must meet your state's eligibility requirements. Although each state has its own rules, every state requires applicants to have had some recent connection to the workforce before they were unemployed,
Management Harassment at the Workplace
Most employees have heard of sexual harassment, but harassment based on other protected characteristics is also against the law. If you are being harassed by a manager or supervisor because of your race, disability, or age, for example, you may also have a valid legal claim against your employer.
How Much Time Off Do I Get For Pregnancy Leave in California?
Employees in California can take up to seven months off for pregnancy and bonding.
Can You Get Unemployment Benefits If You Quit?
If you quit your job, you may still be eligible for unemployment benefits. Generally, unemployment is provided only to those who are temporarily out of work through no fault of their own. (This is one of several eligibility criteria; to learn about the other requirements you must meet, see Who Is Eligible
Can I be paid less than the minimum wage if I work a commission-only sales job?
Question: I have taken a sales job recently as an outside marketing representative. My earnings are 100% commission. The amount I have been earning working full time for a whole month has been less than minimum wage per hour. Is this legal? Answer: It depends. Most employees are entitled to earn at
Getting a Right to Sue Letter Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits disability discrimination in the workplace. An employee who wants to sue under the ADA may not go straight to court, however. Instead, the employee must first file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or a similar state agency and get a right to sue letter.
Illinois Unemployment Law: Understanding the Process
When an employee is terminated in Illinois, he or she may file for unemployment benefits; however, the claim can be contested by the employer. Here is how the process works from the initial claim to the contest, hearing, and appeal. Employees who are terminated can file for unemployment benefits with
Can I Be Fired Because I Smoke Cigarettes?
In every state, employers are free to ban smoking at work. Some are required to do so by law; others choose to have a smoke-free workplace to protect the safety and health of employees and customers.
Breach of Employment Contract
An employment contract is an agreement between the employer and the employee about the terms of employment. If you have an employment contract, and your employer breaks ("breaches," in legalese) it, you may be entitled to damages.
Can I Get Unemployment If I Was Fired?
Unemployment benefits are available to those who are temporarily out of work through no fault of their own.