Cozen O’Connor: Holt, Aaron

Aaron Holt

Associate

Houston

(832) 214-3961

(832) 214-3905

Aaron will be speaking at an upcoming event:

Managing the Workplace in 2019: A Practical Guide to the Legal Issues Impacting Texas Employers

Houston, Texas 10/23/2019

The world is changing rapidly and it is getting increasingly hard for employers to keep up with the impact of social media, generational gaps, and the myriad of new state and federal laws regulating every step on the employment relationship from hiring to firing.

Event Details 

Aaron Holt is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. As a former felony prosecutor in Houston, Texas, with a decade of courtroom practice, Aaron’s trial experience informs his practical legal advice and solutions on policy compliance, risk assessment and litigation.  Aaron exclusively represents employers in state and federal courts across the country while advising clients on legal compliance and risk assessment for any labor and employment law issue.

Aaron’s experience includes class actions and multi-plaintiff litigation in all types of discrimination matters, retaliation claims, wage and hour disputes, disability and medical leave requests, as well as trade secret and noncompetition actions. Aaron regularly defends employers before state and federal administrative agencies, including the Texas Workforce Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board.  Aaron’s traditional labor experience includes representing management in union representation and decertification elections, claims of unfair labor practices and injunction hearings.

Aaron earned his J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law and his B.S. in political science from Texas A&M University. 

Experience

News

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 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...

#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

Managing the Workplace in 2019: A Practical Guide to the Legal Issues Impacting Texas Employers

October 23, 2019 - Houston, Texas

The world is changing rapidly and it is getting increasingly hard for employers to keep up with the impact of social media, generational gaps, and the myriad of new state and federal laws regulating every step on the employment relationship from hiring to firing.

Past Events

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
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas