Aaron Holt

Member

Houston

(832) 214-3961

(832) 214-3905

Aaron will be speaking at an upcoming event:

An Employer's Guide to Free Speech and Employee Protesting

Houston, Texas 08/04/2021

Aaron Holt will be presenting at the Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues.

Event Details 

Aaron is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and partners with employers and human resources professionals across the country to provide practical legal advice, solve employment disputes, and avoid costly litigation. Aaron exclusively represents employers across the country and his clients include Fortune 500 companies in the manufacturing, grocery, retail, gaming, hospitality, health care, banking, and energy industries.

When litigation cannot be avoided, Aaron's decades of trial experience as a former felony prosecutor in Houston, Texas informs his litigation strategy and practice legal advice to employers on all types of labor and employment litigation issues. This experience includes defending against single plaintiff lawsuits, class actions, and investigations resulting in litigation brought by state and federal administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Aaron's traditional labor experience includes representing management before the National Labor Relations Board involving union elections, claims of unfair labor practices, injunction hearings, and labor arbitrations. 

Because of Aaron's practical and common-sense advice and counsel to a wide variety of employers and industries, he is often interviewed by newspapers, television programs, and magazines. To name a few, Aaron has been quoted in Texas Monthly, National Public Radio (NPR), Bloomberg LawThe Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Aaron is also a contributing author to the American Bar Association's Midwinter Treatise on the Fair Labor Standards Act in 2019, 2020, and 2021, as well as a contributing author to the American Bar Association's How to Take a Case Before the NLRB.

Aaron earned his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.

 

Experience

News

Remind Returning Employees of Professional Expectations

July 16, 2021

Aaron Holt spoke to SHRM about how employees who have gotten used to working from home may need a refresher on professional expectations when they return to the office.

Internships 'somewhat in flux' as employers make reopening decisions

April 06, 2021

Aaron Holt was quoted in HR Dive discussing the challenges that businesses face when deciding if an internship should be paid or unpaid.

Who Exactly Is an Independent Contractor, Anyway?

January 28, 2021

Aaron Holt joined Supply Chain Brain to explain the latest ruling by the U.S. Department of Labor on the definition of an “employee” versus an “independent contractor.”

Rioters who stormed US Capitol now face backlash at work

January 08, 2021

Aaron Holt spoke with U.S. News and World Report about the repercussions employees who attended the riots at the Capitol will face at work.

Trump administration finalizes independent contractor rule criticized by labor advocates

January 06, 2021

Aaron Holt was quoted in Yahoo! Finance discussing the U.S. Department of Labor's final rule to define whether workers are employees or independent contractors.

How political activism outside the office can get you in trouble at work

October 30, 2020

Aaron Holt was quoted in Employee Benefit Adviser discussing the limits to what employees can do or say without risking their employment or violating company policy.

Safety is the new workplace ‘perk’ job seekers will be evaluating when applying to companies

August 31, 2020

Aaron Holt spoke with Business Insider about how safety is more top of mind for employees now.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Election stress rising at home, and at the office

August 07, 2020

Aaron Holt spoke joined NewsRadio 740 KTRH to discuss sharing political beliefs at work.

Workers turn into amateur sleuths to track virus cases

July 19, 2020

Aaron Holt was quoted in The Washington Post discussing employers providing a safe work environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What Workers Need to Know About Protests—On and Off the Job

June 26, 2020

Aaron Holt was quoted in the Wall Street Journal discussing employers addressing political messages in the workplace.

Can you get fired for protesting? Or spouting off on social media?

June 15, 2020

Aaron Holt was quoted in the Chicago Tribune discussing anti-discrimination protections and incendiary conduct in the workplace.

Can You Lose Your Job For Participating In Protests?

June 05, 2020

Aaron Holt was quoted in Yahoo! Finance discussing how the First Amendment depends on when and how you protest if it protects you from your employer.

The Hunt for a Leaker at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office

May 15, 2020

Aaron Holt was quoted in Texas Monthly discussing a public employee in Texas who was fired for sharing an internal email with the public.

Can we require a sick employee to pass a COVID-19 test before returning to work?

April 28, 2020

Aaron Holt discussed with HR Dive about employers requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test before permitting them to return to work.

Cozen O’Connor Promotes 20 to Membership

April 08, 2020

Cozen O'Connor is pleased to recognize 20 attorneys with the promotion to member.

Congress Is Poised to Come Up With Coronavirus Aid for Small Business. Here's What to Expect

March 17, 2020

Aaron Holt was quoted in Inc. discussing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

What Employers can do now that the Coronavirus is in Houston

March 05, 2020

Aaron Holt was interviewed by Houston Public Media to discuss what employers in Houston should do moving forward with the rise of the coronavirus.

How to Protect Yourself from Wage Theft

March 02, 2020

Aaron Holt was quoted in Life Hacker discussing what wage theft looks like.

Preparing for a Natural Disaster

August 17, 2019

Aaron Holt discussed with SHRM about how HR departments should be prepared when a natural disaster strikes.

Stop Spying on Social Media

May 14, 2019

Aaron Holt discussed with Human Resource Executive the NLRA protecting workers' rights with social media.

Women Soccer Team’s Pay Suit May Spur Action in Other Sports

March 20, 2019

Aaron Holt discussed with Bloomberg Law the future of pay equity in professional sports.

Head Off Revenge with Culture of Respect

October 12, 2018

Aaron Holt, an associate of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, was quoted in SHRM about employees that seek revenge at work.

What Are Employers’ Responsibilities during A Disaster?

September 14, 2018

Aaron Holt, an associate of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, spoke with Houston Public Media about how employers are expected to deal with employees who are affected by a hurricane or other disaster.

Watch What You Say and Do at Work

June 12, 2018

Aaron Holt, an associate of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, spoke with KTRH News Radio about being cautious what you say at work and the consequences it may have.

Ex WXYZ Employees Say Malcom Maddox Harassed Many, but No One Listened

March 31, 2018

Aaron Holt, an associate of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, was quoted in the Detroit Free Press discussing WXYZ-TV covering up sexual harassment claims of news anchor Malcom Maddox.

As flu season gets worse, the costs are climbing

January 24, 2018

Aaron Holt, an associate of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, spoke with CBS News about this season's flu outbreak becoming more widespread.

Publications

#No Filter: Terminating an Employee for Social Media Posts – Part 4 [HR Headaches Blog]

June 14, 2021

Prior to the advent of social media, employers were generally comfortable drawing a bright line between what employees did on their own time and workplace misconduct. However, those bygone times have been replaced by a modern era wherein employers are forced to apply employment laws created before...

A Revised Post-Coronavirus Return to Work Checklist [Alert]

June 07, 2021

In light of recent guidance issued by the Center for Disease Control and the EEOC, we have updated our Return to Work Checklist.

Employer Guide to COVID-19 Vaccination [HR Headaches Blog]

January 22, 2021

David Barron, John Carrigan, Jr., Arielle Eisenberg, Aaron Holt, and Nandini Sane designed a guide on how employers can handle the COVID-19 vaccination for their employees. The most important question right now for Human Resources professionals is vaccination and more specifically, how to implement...

Employer Guide to COVID-19 Vaccination

January 20, 2021

David Barron, John Carrigan, Jr., Arielle Eisenberg, Aaron Holt, and Nandini Sane designed a guide on how employers can handle the COVID-19 vaccination for their employees.

#No Filter: Terminating an Employee for Social Media Posts – Part 3 [HR Headaches Blog]

December 17, 2020

Prior to the advent of social media, employers were generally comfortable drawing a bright line between what employees did on their own time and workplace misconduct. Those bygone times, however, have been replaced by a modern era wherein employers are forced to apply employment laws created before...

Return to Work Post-Coronavirus Checklist

April 24, 2020

Cozen O'Connor Labor and Employment attorneys addressed how employers should plan returning to work post-coronavirus.

FAQ: Families First Coronavirus Response Act [Alert]

March 19, 2020

Aaron Holt answers employers' questions regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Texas Governor Requests Small Business Administration Disaster Loans [Alert]

March 18, 2020

Aaron Holt discusses steps the governor of Texas has taken to secure to long-term, low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for businesses and private nonprofits.

Employers Should Make Coronavirus Preparations Now [Bar Business Magazine]

March 13, 2020

Aaron Holt wrote an article discussing the action that employers should take with coronavirus within the workplace.

#No Filter: Terminating an Employee for Social Media Posts – Part 2 [HR Headaches Blog]

September 13, 2019

Prior to the advent of social media and especially the #MeToo movement, employers were generally comfortable drawing a bright line between what employees did on their own time and workplace misconduct. Those bygone times, however, have been replaced by a modern era wherein employers are forced to...

HR guide for hurricane and disaster preparation [Westlaw]

June 26, 2019

Aaron Holt wrote about the steps employers must consider as they prepare for hurricane season and any natural or unforeseen disaster.

#No Filter: Terminating an Employee for Social Media Posts [HR Headaches Blog]

April 24, 2019

Prior to the advent of social media and especially the #MeToo movement, employers were generally comfortable drawing a bright line between what employees did on their own time and workplace misconduct.  Those bygone times, however, have been replaced by a modern era wherein employers are forced to...

Employers in Control: Fifth Circuit Sheds New Light on Independent Contractor Test [Alert]

March 27, 2019

On February 28, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an employer-friendly opinion, clarifying the level of “control” an employer may exercise over its independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The Conflict Between Federal and State Marijuana Laws Remains Hazy [HR Headaches Blog]

December 13, 2018

Last month Michigan became the 10th state to approve the legal, recreational use of marijuana.[1] With the addition of Michigan, nearly 80 million Americans (approximately 25% of the US population) live in areas with recreationally legal marijuana.   A total of thirty-three states allow for the use...

HR Guide for Hurricane and Disaster Prevention [Labor & Employment Alert]

September 17, 2018

David Barron and Aaron Holt answers common questions HR professionals have following a hurricane or other natural disaster.

Sixth Circuit Holds Full-time Presence at Work Is Not an Essential Function Under ADA [Labor & Employment Alert]

August 07, 2018

Aaron Holt warns employers responding to accommodation requests for a reduced schedule or remote employment that physical presence requirements cannot be assumed to be an essential function of a position. Instead, employers must be able to articulate specific, essential tasks for a position that cannot be completed remotely prior to denying such an accommodation request.

FAQ – Austin, Texas Passes New Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

March 27, 2018

Aaron Holt answers frequently asked questions about the paid sick leave ordinance that recently passed in Austin, Texas. The ordinance, which mandates paid sick leave for approximately 87,000 Austin workers, almost immediately came under fire from state legislators and business groups promising to repeal the law during the next legislative session in 2019.

Winning in Court: Maximizing Protection for the Victim through Prosecution

November 14, 2017

Aaron Holt, an associate of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, contributed to the book Violence Against Women: Contemporary Examination of Intimate Partner Violence.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

An Employer's Guide to Free Speech and Employee Protesting

August 04, 2021 - Houston, Texas

Aaron Holt will be presenting at the Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues.

Past Events

COVID-19 Update: Getting Back to Work

June 03, 2021 - Webinar

Changes in Pre-employment Practices

May 20, 2021 - Webinar

You Are What You Write! The Law of Social Media

October 29, 2019 - Fort Worth, TX

Employee Handbook Drafting

June 19, 2019 - Webinar

Top Ten Issues Keeping HR Up at Night

May 16, 2019 - Houston, TX

Practical Employment Law Advice in Uncertain Times

February 26, 2019 - Addison, TX

NBI Employee Handbooks and Policies

June 25, 2018 - Teleconference

Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues

May 10, 2018 - Houston, TX

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., 2008
  • Texas A&M University, B.S., 2005

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America Ones to Watch 2021

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas