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 to Appeal a Long-Term Disability Denial
All LTD policies provide for at least one, and often two, levels of administrative appeals, and it is through the appeals process that many workers eventually receive their benefits.
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.
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.
How Is Social Security Disability Backpay Taxed?
The IRS has implemented a fair system for taxing Social Security disability back payments that come in a lump sum.
Can I get long-term disability insurance benefits if my employer fired me and ended my policy?
The decisive question is whether you were insured on your disability onset date, not whether you're insured on the date you file your claim.
An Overview of Short-Term Disability Insurance
Learn when you should be approved for short-term disability insurance benefits and how to appeal if you're denied.
How to Write a Brief or Letter to the Disability Appeals Council
You'll need to write a letter to the Appeals Council about why the judge's disability denial should be reversed. Here's how.
Is Social Security Disability Available for Hemophilia or Other Bleeding Disorders?
If you've been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia and you're unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.
How Are Permanent Partial Disability Benefits Calculated?
Permanent partial disability benefits, which are paid after the worker has recovered, are calculated in different ways in different states.
Long Term Disability Requirements
If you have a long-term disability policy, you may be eligible to continue receiving most of your salary in the event you become unable to work.

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