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 Can I Check the Status of My Social Security Disability Claim?
Checking the status of your Social Security disability claim can help speed up your case.
Federal Court Addresses Impact of VA Disability Rating on Disability Claim
This article discusses a Social Security disability claim by an individual with a 70% service-connected disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Video Hearings vs. In-Person Hearing Disability Hearings: Pros and Cons
Each method of hearing has its benefits, but in-person hearings offer unique advantages.
Getting Disability for Vascular Dementia or Dementia With Lewy Bodies (DLB)
Social Security disability applicants with more than one type of dementia, or dementia with Lewy bodies, are entitled to a fast-tracked disability decision.
Social Security Disability: Advice From a Disability Examiner
Here's some advice from a former claims examiner on applying for and winning your SSDI or SSI disability case.
How to Handle ALJ Bias or Misconduct at a Disability Appeal Hearing
Here's what to do if a Social Security judge behaves improperly at your disability hearing.
How to Handle Disability Discrimination in the Workplace
If you are facing workplace discrimination because of a disability, you should take action right away. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects applicants and employees from disability discrimination in every aspect of employment, from hiring to benefits to termination.
Filing for SSDI or SSI Disability in Missouri
Missouri pays a supplement to SSI recipients who live in residential care or assisted living facilities.
Employment Discrimination Based on Medical Conditions and Disabilities
Employees with disabilities and health issues sometimes experience discrimination in the workplace. Employees who understand their legal rights—and the steps they need to take to ensure employers respect those rights—can often avoid or limit the impact of this type of discrimination.
When Will I Receive My Social Security Disability Backpay?
For most disability claimants, it can take many months or even years of waiting to finally be approved for Social Security disability.
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