Aaron Holt

Member

Houston

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Recent News:

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

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

Aaron is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and concentrates his practice on defending employers in state and federal courts across the country. 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 all types of labor and employment litigation issues, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, as well as advice and counsel on risk assessment and policy compliance. 

Aaron exclusively represents employers with real world, practical trial experience defending against single plaintiff lawsuits, class actions, or even 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 in union elections, claims of unfair labor practices, injunction hearings, and labor arbitrations. Aaron's zealous advocacy on behalf of his clients includes Fortune 500 companies in the manufacturing, grocery, retail, gaming, hospitality, health care, banking, and energy industries.

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 Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), CBS, ABC, The Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal.

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

 

Experience

News

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

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.

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
  • 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